Writer and director Dan Pyne was honored in 2003-2004 with UCLA’s Hunter/Zakin chair in screenwriting, and is a Sundance Institute Labs writing mentor. “Pacific Heights” was Pyne’s first produced feature film. His screen directorial debut, “Where’s Marlowe?” was distributed by Paramount Classics in 1999. His re-adaptation of Richard Condon’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” directed by Jonathan Demme, was singled out by both Newsweek magazine and the Los Angeles Times as one of the top 10 films of 2004. New Line’s “Fracture,” from his original script, was released in 2007. Throughout his career, Pyne has moved freely between the television and feature worlds; last season he was executive producer and co-show runner of Fox’s 2012 midseason thriller, “Alcatraz.” He recently completed adapting “The Death of a Thin Skinned Animal” for Studio Canal, and his second novel, “A Hole In The Ground Owned By A Liar”, was published by Counterpoint in March.
Dan provides advice to new writers who have the dream of making it big in Hollywood in this month’s newsletter issue.