MGM and The Black List have named Alex Liu because the third recipient to obtain a two-step Guild minimal open script deal as a part of their two-year function movie script writing partnership.

The fourth and remaining opt-in interval of the partnership, whose mission is to find new voices from traditionally underrepresented communities all over the world, kicks off right this moment, September 23 by way of January 23, 2023, and is open to all genres.

Liu is a Tongan-New Zealand author and director primarily based in Auckland, New Zealand. His darkish comedy spec script God Bless You, Mr. Kopu is his first submission to The Black List. The movie, which Liu can even direct, is at the moment in improvement, with Ant Timpson (Come To Daddy, Censor) connected to Executive Produce.

Liu’s most up-to-date quick movie, Smog premiered on the 2022 New Zealand International Film Festival the place it gained Best Māori Pasifika Film. In 2021, he wrote and produced the award-winning podcast documentary sequence Once a Panther concerning the Polynesian Panther Party, a New Zealand counterpart to the Black Panther Party. Liu is repped by Theo Vieljeux and Noah Cliff at Dissident.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Alex for this section of our partnership with the Black List,” stated MGM Film Group Director of Development Winnie Carrillo. “His distinctive viewpoint and his genius for storytelling exemplify the voices we’re thrilled to have the ability to champion by way of this program. Alex’s writing is tremendously compelling and we can’t wait to dive into new and unique tales with him; we’re thrilled to have the ability to welcome him to the MGM household.”

Black List founder Franklin Leonard added, “God Bless You, Mr. Kopu is strictly the kind of script I personally get pleasure from studying and all the time hope that the Black List can establish as a needle amidst an infinite discipline of haystacks: Emotional, humorous, genre-bending, and from a viewpoint that I don’t suppose I might essentially have encountered wherever else. I can’t advocate it extremely sufficient, and I very a lot look ahead to studying what Alex writes beneath the auspices of this chance.”

Further details about the partnership could be discovered right here: blcklst.com/mgm

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