MOVIE stars Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin have been approached by a Quedgeley writer who hopes to go against the odds to see his work appear on the silver screen.
Shop worker Mitchell Agg is determined to get noticed and make his break into the movie industry at the tender age of 20. He has approached in excess of 50 production companies in the hope film bosses will take the time to read his promising and gritty screenplay about a US state’s “biggest psycho”.
“It is very hard for young people to break into the industry,” said Mitchell, who works for the Great British Card Company.
“I have written a feature-length screenplay and I am just trying to bang down doors at the moment, but it seems to be a corridor of locked doors.”
Mitchell said the agents he has approached do not accept “unsolicited manuscripts” but he has written a shorter version in a bid to persuade decision-makers to take the time to read it.
Set in 1960s, Express Train to Arizona is about a man who lives a dull and routine existence until “something happens”, which Mitchell will not disclose. He describes the film has a cross between his favourite movies American Psycho and No Country for Old Men.
The main character is a middle-aged butcher with rugged features and Mitchell envisages the likes of Bridges and Brolin to play the part. He has since called on the expertise of Gloucestershire funny man and film star Simon Pegg for advice on what to do next.
The former Churchdown School sixth form student believes he needs his own agent, which presents similar obstacles.
He said: “I have tried to get one but it is the same problem, they don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts.
“I have written to agents of actors and directors but none of them seem to want to read it as I am an ‘unknown’. This is what I want to do and if you keep following your dreams, you will get there eventually. But it is annoying as people don’t seem to even want to give you a chance.”
Mitchell, who is also hoping to write a British exorcism film, has launched a Kindle-only book called the Missions of Sterling Wells, which is about a British spy who aims to disrupt a rebel plan to overthrow the Greek Government during the financial crisis.
Mitchell’s first book was a biography of Adolf Hitler called From Motherland To Fatherland.