Producers around town are seeing double. Two spec scripts with the same title that are set in Afghanistan but with different stories have gone out to producers during the past two days. Both titled Burn Run, the scripts went out in the marketplace a day apart. Paradigm sent out its script from Mitchell LaFortune, former Army sergeant and intelligence analyst with the 82nd Airborne Division-turned-screenwriter, on Monday, while another entered the market Tuesday morning from PA-turned-screenwriter Matt Tente.
LaFortune’s Burn Run is being pitched as Sicario meets Jason Bourne, Tente’s is being pitched around town as Three Kings meets Mad Max. The storyline for the LaFortune project: “When an intelligence leak dangerously exposes a covert mission in Afghanistan, a grieving CIA operative and his translator must find their way out of the desert, outgunned and hunted by elite special forces.” The story is based on true events from LaFortune’s own experiences while working as an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency working the Middle East.
The Tente-scripted story’s description: “In war-torn Afghanistan, an American mercenary team are hired to escort a 20-ton heroin seizure bound for destruction but get caught up in a botched drug deal when their leader goes rogue, forcing them to overcome various enemies who wish to steal it.”
Both properties are said be getting a high level of interest around town.
LaFortune is repped by Paradigm; Tente is repped by Jackoway Tyerman.