Rags to Riches Story for Newbie Screenwriter

Who is Brad Ingelsby? Well as Variety points out, last week he was a 27 year old graduate from the American Film Institute. Today he is the latest "it-boy" writer for Hollywood.

His first script, a dark drama called "The Low Dweller" was just purchased by Relatively Media for $650,000 and by sheer rags to riches twist, is now going to see Ridley Scott direct and Leonardo DiCaprio star.

Of course, the little detail that the Var article glosses over is that Ingelsby is friends with Michael Pruss, the creative Exec over at Focus Features, who helped get the ball rolling. From there, its a whirlwind rush for Ingelsby who quckly sells the script to the highest bidder and his soul to William Morris.

Plan is for DiCaprio to play Slim, a man released after serving years in prison for murder who wants only to follow through on his promise to marry his long-suffering girlfriend. But when he discovers his brother has been murdered after getting involved in a gambling racket, he feels obliged to avenge the murder.


To me, this shows just how desperate Hollywood is for something new, yet at the same time, they are not willing to try out anything different. The studios all want to find that undiscovered talent that's going to make them all rich. That Diablo Cody moment where someone goes from total unknown to Oscar winner in the blink of an eye.

But those kind of Cinderalla stories are few and far between and for every name that gets pinned to the chests of Hollywood execs hoping to ride the wave of success just a little bit longer, there are literally thousands of other names, all equally talented and undiscovered, that get stepped on and tossed out with the trash.

And when the audiences finally get to see this latest opus and realize its just like every other lame film thats been released by the studios in the past year, no one in Hollywood will bat an eye when our young and disenchanted prodigy quickly drops off the radar. With "your only as good as your last project" still echoing in his brain, His buddy Michael Pruss will find a way to keep him in the business somewhere and he'll probably sign up as part of a writing team for some worn out sit-com on a mid-tier television network, where Hollywood will bleed him dry for the rest of his career.

Such is life on the boulevard of broken dreams.

Yeah, can ya tell it's Monday?

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