Richard Smith

screenwriter / director

SIGNED WITH PARADIGM

Continuing my habit of announcing news months after it's happened, I'm very excited to be in business with the wonderful David Boxerbaum at Paradigm. It's been a mad year (more details soon I hope), and hopefully there's only more madness to come, so this is just the beginning... Rest of Team Me now reads: Andrew Wilson at Zero Gravity (manager), Tanya Mallean at Skrzyniarz & Mallean (lawyer) and Charlotte Knight at Knight Hall Agency (UK agent). Let's do this!

RESEARCHING IN OKLAHOMA!

What happens when a film switches settings? The writer goes on tour! Big thanks to all the okies, roughnecks and historians who are taking such good care of me - this place has a rich, complex and wonderful past (and present). Excited for what this will do for IN HER NAME - stay tuned! Oh, and did I mention there have been incredible developments moving the whole project forward? Yeah, that's because I'm not allowed to. Darn it!

NEW MOVIE DEAL: IN HER NAME

More to come on this soon I hope, but excited to be working with Nigel Sinclair's White Horse Pictures (Nigel's credits include Rush, Ides of March, Let Me In and maybe a billion others) and Jonny Paterson's JP Int (Jonny's first feature, Halfway, is rocking festivals right now) on my original thriller, IN HER NAME. Quick shout out to Hicham Benkirane and Nick Ferrall, and of course Andrew Wilson at Zero Gravity. This one's a real passion project, and not just because it's set in Mississippi (thanks in-laws, you're all in there!). Without saying too much, the movie is about a cityboy New Yorker whose fiancee is taken into the witness protection program - and three years later, he finds himself in rural Mississippi, identifying her body, after her supposedly accidental death... 

NEW FILM DEAL: THE GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS

So I'm very proud to be adapting this booker-nominated novel, written by Tan Twan Eng, for Astro Shaw and HBO. Special mention for Arvind David. It's a sweeping story, set in the mountains of Malaysia, about a young woman's struggle to overcome her suffering in a brutal prison camp during WW2. Got a great team behind this (all lovely to boot), too many to mention. I just got back from my first Malaysia trip (beautiful), so will post some pics soon! In the meantime - better get writing!