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Seeking Unique/Diverse Twists On Superhero Material

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We’re looking for original and unique twists on superhero material for an ISA Verified Production Co. This needs to be original IP, which entails imaginative world-building and a strong knowledge of superhero mythos and comic book tropes. Ideally, we’re looking for a strong hook that is a twist on said tropes, with characters that can attract A-list talent. Ideally, we’d like to find something suited to the mid-to-big budget adult demographic. 

The fun thing here is that we’re looking for either kids-oriented stuff OR adult, harder-edged stuff. Superhero mythos are so entrenched in our collective culture now that there’s a huge market for adult material in this genre. The main prerogative for this producer is unique perspective, a take on this genre that we haven’t quite seen before. So we are also actively seeking work by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and female writers for this gig especially.

There’s great stuff out there like The Boys, but that’s based on pre-existing material. We’re looking for characters or worlds built from the ground up. Think Hancock (which was originally an R-rated script called Tonight, He Comes) or the recent Project Power. The reason we bring up that original version of Hancock is because it was all about CHARACTER – even though we’re dealing with superpowers and fantastical elements, we’d like to see fully-developed characters with rich inner lives. Chris Claremont’s classic run on X-Men is a great example of this too. The character’s story and dilemma are what matters; the super-powers should be a narrative engine to comment on the character’s inner turmoil.

Other comps include Brightburn, Chronicle, Fast Color, Glass, Super and Happy!

When submitting, please include your SCRIPT, a SYNOPSIS and most importantly, a thoroughly developed LOGLINE. We will narrow our selection from the synopsis and logline, so you’ll want to impress and grab us with those elements.

Union and non-union writers accepted. Scripts from anywhere in the world will be considered but must be in English language.

NOTE: An “ISA Verified Pro” means it is a respected industry professional/company with means to fund projects that suit their mandate. They wish to remain private and have entrusted the ISA to vet and find content to send to them.

Submit By: Oct 23, 2020