EXCLUSIVE: After tapping his own background in journalism to write and produce the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker and now Zero Dark Thirty with Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal‘s next project will be to try to empower other journalists to see their reporting form the basis for screen projects. He’s forming Page One Productions, a development and production company to acquire and shepherd topical TV and features based on other reporters’ stories. Boal will use his association with CAA and Management 360 to get things up and running.
At a panel moderated by Billy Ray at the WGA Theater last night in Beverly Hills, Boal explained: “I want to marry up screenwriters with reporters, and try to encourage movies that plug into the culture. And if more screenwriters became producers, I think that would be a good thing. That’s assuming of course that this film does okay. If it bombs, forget I said any of this.” (more…)