Film & TV Representation:
Manager, Seth Nagel
5X Media, Los Angeles, CA
GLENN FORBES is a Toronto-based screenwriter, repped in Los Angeles by 5X. He wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller, AMPLIFIER and was awarded the $100,000 OMDC Al Waxman Calling Card grant and the Canadian Film Centre Worldwide Short Film Festival screenplay award for his comedy film MASTERPIECE MONDAY.
He is a former winner of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition (Best out of over 4000 entries) for his comedy screenplay HEAD FIRST FACE DOWN. He also took 2nd place at the Page International Screenwriting Awards for his psychological thriller TUNNELVISION. In 2012, he was awarded a Telefilm Canada New Voices/Golden Quill Award as one of the top emerging screenwriters in Canada. His sci-fi thriller THE WRECKAGE placed on the 2014 Blood List. (First place winner, along with Netflix’s BIRD BOX, of the Search for New Blood) -- a list of the top unproduced dark-genre screenplays of a calendar year, voted on by over 100 Hollywood executives. THE WRECKAGE is currently under option and in financing with A Bigger Boat (Producer Peter Block, Jigsaw, Saw 1-7, Rambo, The Descent). In 2020, he was named a semi-finalist for THE FUTURE PRIME (top 150 scripts out of almost 8000 entries) in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Recently, he has completed several feature film work-for-hires; the slasher film BURNING LAKE for 2019 BAFTA Best Picture nominee’s, Misfits Entertainment; An adaptation of Desmond Fosberry’s novel THE MAN WHO FORGOT for Voyage Media in Los Angeles, and an adaptation of Bill Scott’s memoir The DAY SATAN CALLED for Third Culture Films in Toronto, which is entering production in April 2022. Recently, he completed a page-one rewrite on ALBION, a fantasy thriller for Hacienda Film Company and A Bigger Boat.
April 18, 2022
THE DAY LACEY CALLED OFFICIALLY ENTERS PRODUCTION
Thrilled to announce that my adaptation of Bill Scott's memoir, The Day Satan Called began filming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario today. Now titled, The Day Lacey Called, the film is based on a true story. The film promises be a frightening account of the horrors of demonic possession, covens and exorcism that one Christian Disc Jockey endured in his quest to save a lost soul from the underworld.
March 4, 2022
THE FUTURE PRIME PLACES AS A SEMIFINALIST IN CREATIVE SCREENWRITING'S UNIQUE VOICES SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Another great placement for my psychological thriller in this prestigious contest. Competing against thousands of entries, I was very happy to hear that The Future Prime advanced this far. This psychological thriller continues a great run on the screenwriting competition circuit.
September 15, 2021
THE FUTURE PRIME PLACES AS A SEMIFINALIST IN THE SCRIPT LAB’S SCREENPLAY CONTEST
With over 13,000 entries, I was very happy to hear that The Future Prime advanced into the top 300 as a Semifinalist. This psychological thriller with sci-fi undertones continues to do well on the screenwriting competition circuit.
January 26, 2021
2020 LUGNUT LIST
It’s very nice to be acknowledged on the 2020 Lugnut List for my screenplay Transfiguration (honorary mention). This script is a contained domestic supernatural thriller -- kind of an unholy cross between The Exorcist and The Others. The story is about an insecure single mother who wrestles with her perceptions as she battles her ex-husband for child custody and a demonic entity for possession of her son's soul. http://screenplaymechanic.com/lugnutlist.html
September 23, 2020
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION NEWS!
Another fine showing for my Horror screenplay TRANSFIGURATION at Austin. This scary domestic supernatural thriller placed in the second round (top 20%) out of 13,175 entries. This screenplay is about an insecure single mother who wrestles with her perceptions as she battles her ex-husband for child custody and a demonic entity for possession of her son's soul. It was nice to be back in the success column at Austin, having already won the top prize for a comedy there some years back.
September 14, 2020
THE FUTURE PRIME PLACES IN THE TOP 150 SCRIPTS IN THE 2020 NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS
After doing a fresh rewrite of this script, I was stunned to see it advance to the top 150 entries out of 7831 entries. Run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), this is the most prestigious fellowship for screenwriters in the world. THE FUTURE PRIME is about two troubled women, an insecure mother in post-JFK assassination 1963 and a pregnant journalist in post-9/11 New York, who struggle to survive the same serial killer by using a psychological anomaly to communicate across a forty-year gulf of time.
August 19, 2020
TRANSFIGURATION PLACES AS A SEMI-FINALIST IN THE SCREENCRAFT HORROR COMPETITION
My new horror screenplay, TRANSFIGURATION, has placed in the 2020 Screencraft Horror Competition, out of 2600 submissions. The script is about an insecure single mother who wrestles with her perceptions as she battles her ex-husband for child custody and a demonic entity for possession of her son's soul.
JUNE 15, 2020
A PAGE-ONE REWRITE ON ALBION
Two years after completing work on INHUMAN, for producer Peter Block of A Bigger Boat, I was thrilled to be called again by Peter, and horror producer Cory Neal of Hacienda Film Company, to do a page-one rewrite on their work-in-progress screenplay ALBION. The story is a Fantasy/Thriller about a tragedy that sends 2 estranged sisters home to their family’s Welsh estate for a funeral. While one is obsessed with the idea of healing their relationship and uncovering the secrets of the fairies who live in the magical woods nearby, the other sinks deeper into the soul possession she has been suffering since childhood, threatening to destroy both their lives.
OCTOBER 5, 2018
WRITING BEGINS ON THE DAY SATAN CALLED
Very happy to announce my next feature film screenplay assignment will be an adaptation of the book, THE DAY SATAN CALLED: A True Encounter with Demon Possession and Exorcism, written by Bill Scott. The true story took place in 1988. Bill and his wife invited a troubled young woman into the sanctuary of their home in the hopes of helping her deal with the unimaginable satanic rituals and sexual abuses she endured. However, their kindness was quickly turned on them, as their home became infested with evil spirits, demonic activity, strange sightings, and voice of Satan. So happy to be working with Heidi Tan of Third Culture Films, and Rebeka Herron of Rusty Halo Productions on this terrifying true story.
MAY 13, 2018
GLENN FORBES TO ADAPT THE NOVEL, THE MAN WHO FORGOT
I’m pleased to announce that Voyage Media, in Los Angeles, has hired me to write the screenplay adaptation of the novel, THE MAN WHO FORGOT, by author Desmond Fosbery. Hauled out of the Caribbean Sea by drug smugglers, an amnesiac Doctor is drawn on a dark journey into the war-torn mountains of 1975 Colombia. Torn between his healing instincts, the destructive nature of the Colombian resistance, and his desire to uncover his identity, he’s forced to mastermind a daring escape to freedom.
JULY 31, 2017
WORK BEGINS ON INHUMAN
After more than a year of story development, today's the day I begin writing INHUMAN, a post-apocalyptic thriller/horror. The fleshing out this world of the future took a lot of time, but I'm at a point now where it's time to go to script. Very excited to see where this new story will take me as a screenwriter.
JULY 20, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITERS' ASSOCIATION
I was thrilled to be invited to speak as Special Guest at the International Screenwriters' Association Third Thursdays event in Toronto, on July 20, 2017. I met many cool writers with some great ideas. Walked away from that event inspired about the future of movies.
JANUARY 23, 2017
BURNING LAKE FINDS ITS SCREENWRITER
Producers Andee Ryder and Ian Bonhôte of Misfits Entertainment and producer James Longman and Director Paul Taylor have commissioned me to write the feature film adaptation of their short film FESTEVIL. BURNING LAKE is about two sisters who are forced to mend their personal differences and work together to survive a group of murderous social anarchists embedded in the crowd of a wild weekend music festival. The short film was shot during an actual UK festival, and the feature will be approached in the same manner. Writing begins in February 2017.
APRIL 19, 2016
THE WRECKAGE OPTIONED TO 'A BIGGER BOAT'
Producer Peter Block of ‘A Bigger Boat’ has optioned my sci-fi thriller, THE WRECKAGE. Peter’s credits include producing the entire SAW series, CRANK with Jason Statham, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET starring Jennifer Lawrence, THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING starring Scarlett Johansson, and many others. THE WRECKAGE tells the story of a young family who survive a camper wreck in the wilderness, and are forced to defend themselves against an aggressive pack of alien creatures while they search for their missing son.
OCTOBER 30, 2015
THE WRECKAGE OPTIONED BY 'GLIDER FILMS'
Thrilled to announce that my sci-fi thriller, THE WRECKAGE, is now under option to Glider Films and director Jesse Warn. Jesse has amassed a tremendous body of work in network and cable television, having directed numerous episodes of shows such as CRIMINAL MINDS, TRUE BLOOD, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, SPARTACUS, V, SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW, and many more. THE WRECKAGE tells the story of a young family who survive a camper wreck in the wilderness, and are forced to defend themselves against an aggressive pack of alien creatures while they search for their missing son.
DECEMBER 6, 2014
GLENN FORBES HIRED TO WRITE FEATURE FILM, DRUG SUB
Very happy to announce that I will be writing a submarine action/thriller, DRUG SUB, for Producer Pete Soltesz and Director Julian van Mil. The film tells the story of a stowaway girl aboard a Drug Sub on a journey from Colombia, to the Galapagos, and eventually California. The picture will be produced under van Mil's Studio Feather shop.
DECEMBER 5, 2014
SIGNED WITH IMI - INFINITY MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL
After a terrific meeting in Los Angeles in November, I have signed with Seth Nagel of IMI - Infinity Management International to represent me for all film & television screenwriting and directing work. To be able to work with Seth, and have his guidance and expertise in developing new projects for the marketplace, is a huge boost to my career.
OCTOBER 31, 2014
THE WRECKAGE WINS THE BLOOD LIST / STAGE 32 'THE SEARCH FOR NEW BLOOD'
My Sci-fi Thriller, The Wreckage, has won The Blood List / Stage 32 Search for New Blood Competition! My other script, the supernatural thriller, Tormented, also did well, placing as a semi-finalist. As winner, I was flown to LA for meetings with some of the top Studio/Production Company Execs and Managers. The Wreckage tells the story of a young family who suffer a camper wreck in the wilderness and must survive attacks from alien creatures even as they struggle to locate their missing son.
JUNE 2, 2014
GLENN FORBES TO ADAPT TRUE STORY ACTION THRILLER
Producer Yelena Pavlova has hired me to adapt the true-life story of a Colombian police officer who was forced to flee his homeland with his family after threats and a brutal kidnapping. Colombia Run is an international co-production, with filming to take place in Colombia and Toronto, Canada.