Jim Saunders is a New York City-based professional writer, playwright and optioned screenplay writer. He has many years’ experience writing stage presentations, corporate films and multimedia projects; also a director and occasional actor.
Jim specializes in screenplays based on historical true events (including musicals), bio/pics and/or disasters. In alphabetical order:
“Bojangles, Eubie and Bert!” Three black musical legends of the past – Bert Williams, Eubie Blake and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – relive their show business success in spite of racism and theatrical bigotry. An historical musical drama and biopic.
“Bully! (Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal)” The outrageous political maneuvering surrounding the American acquisition of the Panama Canal territory in 1903. An historical drama and biopic.
“Explosion At Black Tom!” Federal agents pursue German saboteurs planning an attack on the Black Tom Island Munition Depot in New York Harbor in 1916. An action, detective and historical/disaster drama.
“General Grant Is Doomed!” Ex-President Ulysses S. Grant struggles to complete his “Personal Memoirs” while being ravaged by terminal throat cancer. An historical drama and biopic.
“ Madam President” Edith Wilson, second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, initiates a mammoth White House cover-up of Wilson’s debilitating 1919 stroke. An historical drama and biopic.
“Ragtime Warrior” Band Leader James Reese Europe revolutionizes military band forever when takes command of the “Harlem Hellfighters” military band in 1917. An action, musical and historical drama biopic.
“Sir Harry Lauder Tonight!” A dramatic but lively musical about the life and times of the legendary Scotch music hall entertainer. An historical musical drama and biography.
“Theatre Of Death” In 1903 Chicago, a theater reporter exposes the “Absolutely Fireproof” Iroquois Theatre as a firetrap. But nobody listens. An action and historical/disaster drama.
“Sir Harry Lauder Tonight!” A sprightly stage musical about the life and career of the famed Scotch music hall entertainer. (Now available as a screenplay.)
“Triumph! Bojangles Eubie and Bert!” A stage musical depicting how three show business legends – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Eubie Blake and Bert Williams – overcame racism and theatrical bigotry to achieve immortal success. (Now available as a screenplay.)
Jim has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English major) and an MBA. He was a costume consultant (uncredited) on the film “It’s Complicated.”
You may contact Jim at: email@example.com or 718-204-1251