Woodward, Okla. —
THE BIG PREMIEREE
Dick said he only learned of the sale of the movie a few weeks ago, with the announcement that it would air on June 15 coming shortly after.
Upon hearing the news, he said, "I was ecstatic."
And ever since he has been telling friends and families to make sure they tune in, "or at least set their DVR to record it."
While this isn't his first time to sell a script, Dick said it is the first time for it to make it all the way through to release to the public.
"I sold a script a few years ago and it got shot, but then the financing dried up and the producer turned out to be kind of a shyster. So it's nice to see something get out there finally for consumption," he said.
In addition to his own excitement, he said his family is also quite pleased and eager to watch his script come to life, especially his parents.
"They're excited. Ever since I went out there to California, they've been asking 'when are we going to see your name in lights?' This is the first chance for them to see my written by credit up on a screen," he said.
MORE IN THE WORKS
While excitingly anticipating the premiere of "Gone Missing," Dick said "I also hope it's just the first of many."
He has already completed another script for MarVista earlier this year, which has already been shot and is "in the middle of being edited and being put together."
"If the timeline fits with this one (for "Gone Missing"), hopefully it might be out by the end of the year," he said.
Dick said this second script is "another female in distress, suspense thriller," with the main character being a woman who is 6-months pregnant.
Currently he said he is working on a rewrite for a production company and is continuing "working on a lot of my own ideas," which are also suspense and thriller based.
"When I was in high school, I fell in love with Hitchcock. I just love all his work. So my writing tends to be down that path," Dick said. "Even though I've written other genres, it seems thrillers are where I'm going to make my mark. Maybe more specifically female in distress thrillers seeing as those are the projects I've done with MarVista."
Dick said he enjoys thrillers because of "we all have fears."
"It's those movies' ability to tap into those innate fears that we all share that intrigues me about the genre," he said. "I'm not big into the horror genre because how many people can identify with being lost in the woods being chased by an ax murderer? On the other hand how many people can identify with being a parent and the fear of losing your child or losing a loved one?"
By writing about a situation that he feels the audience may be able to relate to, Dick said he hopes to provide a production that people will enjoy.
"I hope people will tune in, enjoy the 2 hours of suspense and just enjoy the show," he said.