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Black List review of ‘The Third Bomb’

Aug 3, 2015 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , ,

BLACK LIST READER LOVES ‘THE THIRD BOMB’

My WWII action/ adventure screenplay ‘The Third Bomb’ received a great review on the prestigious industry website ‘The Black List’ www.blcklst.com not too long ago. The life of a screenwriter is filled with lots of rejection, so it’s days like this I have to celebrate!

UPDATE: March 14, 2017 – The Third Bomb is now under option with BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson.

What’s the story of ‘The Third Bomb’?Black List The Third Bomb screenwriter Phil Parker

LOGLINEWhen a top U.S. pilot crash-lands on a Japanese island carrying the third atomic bomb, he’s forced to choose between honor and duty: detonate the bomb and annihilate a POW camp, or let the bomb fall into the hands of a disgraced Japanese commander.

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Below is an excerpt from the Black List review:

The Third Bomb is an incredibly well written script with strong and three-dimensional characters, a well threaded theme, and action sequences that are both visual and exciting.”

Black List The Third Bomb screenwriter Phil Parker the third bomb“Everything really comes together in this script, from the minor scenes to the overarching theme of doing the right thing vs. following orders. The author did a wonderful job creating sympathetic characters. Mark’s family life is compelling and his scenes at home ground him and make him believable. This means the audience will root for him later. Harry, Kenji, Shiro and Yunmei’s backstories are all incredibly tragic

and sympathetic, too. The moment where Harry reminds Mark that Ben doesn’t need a dead hero father is powerful and reminds the audience of the stakes involved for Mark’s emotional journey. His mission is important to him, but he discovers that the lives of his comrades and his family are what’s most essential. Kenji is a great addition because he acts a fulcrum for the plot. Without him, the prisoners would not be able to escape, but his entire storyline is rooted in his innocence. This proves the story’s point that every man is worth saving. Even though Harry’s sacrifice is short lived, his and Kenji’s deaths are incredibly emotional and unexpected. The final image of the bomber submerged in the water is excellent. Great script!”

Phil Parker

Screenwriter Phil Parker is one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. His multi-award winning WWII script is being packaged by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson in London; and two animation projects he was hired to work on are in development with Tent Pictures in Abu Dhabi. Phil is also a sought-after script consultant with clients in Australia, the US and England.

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