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Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait (Optioned)

A young realtor markets a Louisiana mansion whose ghosts perpetuate their love affair by fatally possessing new owners. This screenplay has been optioned. It's the first in a trilogy of Edgar Allan Poe screenplay adaptations. The others are "The Raven" and "A Tell-Tale Heart."

Written by: Stephen M. Hunt     [Contact Author]    Interview
Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: Daniel Radcliffe
Angelina Jolie
Demi Moore
In the Vein Of: The Exorcist
Haunted Mansion
Posted: 09/15/2013
Updated: 11/01/2016
Author Bio: On November 1st 2016 my scripts held 1st place in all 14 categories of the Moviebytes Top 10 of short screenplays - a Moviebytes record! Following film and writing achievements in world-wide film festivals I've accepted invitations to be a jury member of the 11th Marbella International Film Festival and also the 2nd London Indie Film Festival.

Emmy Award winner Miguel Guerreiro selected "Early Release" to be his first English language short. IMBd On the international film festival circuit this film has won "Best Script", "Best Short", "Best Crime","Best Actress", "Jury Merit Award", "Runner-up Best Actor", has been nominated for "Best Film", "Best Performance" and has been an official festival selection 14 times.

Miguel subsequently commissioned three other shorts from me which are now slated for 2016 production. Miguel has also optioned "Saving Swans" (aka A Potholed Path").

I optioned my feature "Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait to Concord Films LLC, Florida. Avanti Productions signed a Shopping Agreement with me for my WWII feature "Precious Vengeance".

I'm an English published and produced playwright turning to film. Most of my staged works featured Royal Shakespeare Company actors and includes an award winning regional tour.

Contest Results: Script Exposure (First Place, Horror Genre)
Bare Bones (First Place, Horror Genre)
Shriekfest (First Place)
Fright Night Film Fest (Finalist)
Courier (Finalist)
Mile High Horror (Finalist)
Twister Alley Festival (Finalist)
Crimson Screen Horror (Finalist)
Reel Writers (Finalist)
SkyFest (Finalist)
Writers Place (Finalist)
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist)
ScreenCraft Horror (Quarterfinalist)
BlueCat Contest (Honorable Mention, Top Ten Per Cent)
StoryPros Awards (Quarterfinalist)
FilmMakers/Feature (Semifinalist)
Screamfest (Quarterfinalist)
Shore Scripts (Quarterfinalist)