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Aug 18, 2020

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Busy screenwriter and director, Mattson Tomlin, took a minute to rap with me about debuting a film during a pandemic, what it takes to break into Hollywood, and how he was brought on to co-write The Batman with Director Matt Reeves.

"Every script is an opportunity to change your life. Every script is an investment in yourself."—Mattson Tomlin

Mattson rose to prominence in 2017 after a bidding war for his original screenplay that became the Netflix film, Project Power, starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and breakout Dominique Fishback.

Hollywood Reporter describes the film as an "... action-packed tale that tackles themes [like] government control and the exploitation of marginalized communities."

Tomlin recently gained attention for being brought on board to co-write The Batman with Matt Reeves; the reboot will star Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright among others.

He is writing a film adaption of the video game character Mega Man for 20th Century Studios and sold a spec script, titled 2084, to Paramount Pictures.

While getting his Master’s Degree in directing at the American Film Institute, Mattson created over a dozen short films, most as writer-director. Tomlin has appeared on the annual Hollywood's Black List six times in the past four years.

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In this file Mattson Tomlin and I discussed:

  • How he writes 10 scripts a year
  • Why you need to try to "find the film that's in your head"
  • The curious tattoo he uses to stay on track
  • His unique approach to Rubik's cubing genres
  • How he became one of "Hollywood’s Busiest Screenwriters"
  • And why every script is a chance to change your life!

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