Variety announced this year’s list of 10 screenwriters to watch. Selected screenwriters will be honored at the 45th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival with a dinner on October 15. Andrea Berloff, the author of the upcoming film “The Mother”, will also receive the Creative Impact in Screenwriting award.
The annual 10 Writers to Watch program celebrates the industry’s breakthrough writers, actors, directors, comedians, animators, producers and filmmakers. Some of the screenwriters are being honored for previously released and critically acclaimed films, including “Fire Island” or “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.” Others, including Brendan Fraser’s film “The Whale”, have not yet been widely released but are highly anticipated.
The list also includes the minds behind star-studded IP projects, including Carrie Solomon, who serves as writer for Margot Robbie’s untitled prequel “Ocean’s Eleven” directed by Jay Roach. Solomon is also the writer of an untitled Netflix romantic comedy starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King. Richard LaGravenese is set to direct the film.
Meanwhile, Alex Convery gets the sole writing credit on “Sole Man,” the upcoming Nike/Air Jordan origin story directed by Ben Affleck and starring Matt Damon. Stefani Robinson also appears in the class of screenwriters to watch this year thanks to her first-ever feature screenplay, “Knight” by Stephen Williams.
During the Mill Valley Film Festival, Variety Editor-in-chief Malina Saval will host a panel discussion with the writers on October 16.
VarietyThe 2022 class of 10 screenwriters to watch is listed below.
Sarah Conradt, “Mother’s Instinct”
Carrie Solomon, the Untitled Margot Robbie Project “Ocean’s Eleven” and the Untitled Netflix romantic comedy
Stefani Robinson, “Knight”
Katy Brand, “Good luck to you, Leo Grande”
Shiwani Srivastava, “Wedding Season”
Alex Convery, “Lone Man”
Samuel D. Hunter, “The Whale”
Joel Kim Booster, “Fire Island”
Evan Dodson, “Conditions of Affection”, “Little Richard”, “Two Butterflies”
Ximena García Lecuona, “Everything is possible”