Featured lower on the complete list of 100 or so scripts that made this year's Hollywood BLACK LIST (SEE PREVIOUS POST) is a screenplay called The Fourth Kind, written by 31-year old Nigerian filmmaker, Olatunde Osunsanmi, whose name instantly got my attention, for obvious reasons, as I scrolled down the list.
I've never heard of this fellow. His short IMDB resume states that he has 1 previous feature film (a 2005 straight to DVD shriek-fest called Within) and 1 short film titled Etat (a 17-minute story on Nigeria's political climate in mid 1970s) to his credit. He wrote and directed both.
Most recently, he worked as an assistant to director Joe Carnahan during the production of Smoking Aces in 2006.
I couldn't even find a picture of the guy!
But the fact that his screenplay (The Fourth Kind) appears on the list of the best unproduced scripts circulating Hollywood currently, guarantees that we'll likely know more about Monsieur Osunsanmi soon enough. Unlike many of the other scripts on the list, his is actually in production, scheduled for a 2009 release.
Milla Jovovich stars, and Osunsanmi is directing as well.
The film is listed as a fact-based thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained and unsolved disappearances during the past 40 years, accompanied by accusations of a federal cover up. Jovovich plays a woman investigating the disappearances in the town.
I'll expect to see some sci-fi staples (maybe the culprit is a virus, or aliens, or covert government testing on human subjects, etc), especially if Jovovich is starring in the project. Just take a look at her IMDB resume and you'll see what I mean.
The production is being kept under-wraps for various reasons, so there's very little information on it.
I searched for his short film (Etat), which received high marks on IMDB, hoping to find a clip, or the entire work, but came up empty.
Others might be more successful.
Regardless, I'll be paying attention to Osunsanmi, and his upcoming The Fourth Kind.