Alex Liu lands blind feature screenplay deal through MGM and Black List – Deadline

MGM and The Black List have named Alex Liu as the third recipient to receive a two-step Guild minimum open screenplay contract as part of their two-year feature film screenwriting partnership.

The fourth and final membership term for the partnership, whose mission is to discover new voices from historically underrepresented communities around the world, begins today, September 23 through January 23, 2023, and is open to all genres.

Liu is a Tongan-New Zealand writer and director based in Auckland, New Zealand. His Dark Comedy Spec Script God bless you, Mr. Kopu is his first submission to The Black List. The film, which Liu will also direct, is currently in development, with Ant Timpson (Come see dad, censor) attached to the executive product.

Liu’s latest short film, Smog premiered at the 2022 New Zealand International Film Festival where it won Best Maori Pasifika Film. In 2021, he wrote and produced the award-winning podcast documentary series Once upon a time there was a panther on the Polynesian Panther Party, a New Zealand counterpart to the Black Panther Party. Liu is replaced by Theo Vieljeux and Noah Cliff at Dissident.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Alex for this segment of our Blacklist partnership,” said MGM Film Group Director of Development Winnie Carrillo. “His unique point of view and storytelling genius exemplify the voices we are thrilled to be able to champion through this program. Alex’s writing is extremely compelling and we look forward to diving into new and original stories with him. we are delighted to be able to welcome him to the MGM family.

Blacklist Founder Franklin Leonard added, “God bless you, Mr. Kopu is exactly the kind of script I personally love to read and I still hope Blacklist can identify as a needle.” in the middle of an endless field of haystacks: emotional, funny, genre-bending, and from a point of view that I don’t necessarily think I’ve encountered elsewhere. I can’t recommend it enough, and I’m really looking forward to reading what Alex writes under the auspices of this opportunity.

Further information on the partnership can be found here: blcklst.com/mgm

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