MGM Acquires Austin Everett’s Sci-Fi Spec ‘The Traveler’

Anthony D'Alessandro

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM has picked up Austin Everett’s sci-fi spec screenplay The Traveler

Sandino Moya Smith and Adam Rosenberg are overseeing for the studio. We hear the plot largely is being kept under wraps.

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Everett is dual Japanese and American citizen who was born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii. His introduction to the world of film was at age 5 in Tokyo, where he was cast in a recurring role for a NHK drama series. In his teens, he began writing and directing his own short films and fell in love with being behind the camera as a writer-director, not in front.

He directed and wrote the 2017 romance feature Secondhand Hearts, about a photographer who falls in love with an American woman on a trip to Japan, only to learn that she’s his girlfriend’s older sister when he returns to the States.

Everett also directed and wrote the action fantasy short Juventud, about a lone conquistador who inches closer to his mythical destination in the South American jungle.

Everett is repped by Verve, Writ Large & Jackoway Tyerman.

MGM had a fantastic weekend with the release via UAR of the animated pic The Addams Family, which currently counts $39.3M at the domestic box office. MGM already greenlighted a sequel, which we broke the news on, set for Oct. 22, 2021.

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