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Filmmaker Spotlight - Olatunde Osunsanmi



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.
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14 comments:

  1. MUST LOVE MOVIES said...
     

    sounds interesting

  2. Anonymous said...
     

    Awesome. hope it doesn't disappoint can't wait to see it...

  3. Anonymous said...
     

    saw it last night
    sucked bad
    the 'real' parts were poorly acted and clearly fake
    every time the director is seen in the movie(way too many times) his name and director credit appear
    he's like a dumbed down overdone version of M Night

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  5. gorgeous_mum33 said...
     

    Da movie is worth a real 10/10 da was so good i wasn't disappointed about it and the producer OLATUNDE OSUNSANMI is a good producer and if the story isn,t true he makes me believe in it and in the main time in the theater there was so many peoples but none was talking da was the perfect quiet movie i've never been lol really good movie 2 go c this producer will go far fo sho

  6. Anonymous said...
     

    Sucked big time. I think this guy has e-mailed me about a hidden treasure in Nigeria or something.

  7. Dave Fried said...
     

    FYI- From what I have learned, and gathered online, he really doesnt exist. Something strange about this movie, and the fats to back it up.

    By him not existing, like the name, makes the movie more believable

  8. Anonymous said...
     

    the movie should be documentary too...it's real..

  9. Anonymous said...
     

    Dave Fried said...
    FYI- From what I have learned, and gathered online, he really doesnt exist. Something strange about this movie, and the fats to back it up.

    By him not existing, like the name, makes the movie more believable

    the producer not exist? i found it in wikipedy something..nothing :))

  10. Anonymous said...
     

    So cinema become making lies like documentary movie just to earn money?

  11. Anonymous said...
     

    There is everything, people choose.

  12. Bobbie D Haven said...
     

    I think the person who made Paranormal Activity made this movie to many parts reminded me of it maybe that's why you cant find this man cause he is a fake it is alot easier to believe that this story is true you know what i mean

  13. Anonymous said...
     

    Didn't know too much about the movie until just now..I'm debating whether to even watch it now..if it's fake and if "Olatunde Osunsanmi" is just an alias

  14. buy viagra said...
     

    Cool stuff you got !!!!!I agree with this black list,so the best movies are not filmed in Hollywood !22dd

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