TV movie written by native Oklahoman will premiere Saturday

Bryan Dick, a screenwriter from Oklahoma, wrote “Gone Missing,” Lifetime's “Movie of the Week” premiering Saturday.
BY RACHAEL CERVENKA rcervenka@opubco.com Published: June 14, 2013
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His journey led him next to Brian Grazer, the co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, working as his house assistant and then as an office manager.

After nearly 10 years around Imagine, Dick was offered his big break writing “Gone Missing” and he jumped at it, he said.

Sharon Bordas, MarVista Entertainment senior vice president of development and production, pitched the project to Dick in February after reading several of his scripts, she said.

“I'm always looking for people to write smart, well-crafted thrillers, and on the page Bryan was clearly that guy,” Bordas said.

Throughout the process of filming “Gone Missing,” Bordas said, Dick was on set almost daily, which in her experience is very rare for writers.

“He jumped in to help; he's even an extra in the film,” she said.

Dick said he couldn't be more excited to be a part of this project.

“To actually have something that is going to be available for mass consumption is great because I have had a lot of starts and stops; a lot of moments where I am thinking this is where it's going to happen, this is where things are going to start rolling, and then it just doesn't.”

Looking ahead

Dick said he is positive about the future. One completed script has been filmed; a MarVista film currently titled “Off Season” and another, “Lion's Den,” are being looked at and could possibly be shot this summer. No official dates have been set for either.

As a longtime producer, Bordas said she sees obvious talent in the Oklahoma writer. After working with Dick on “Gone Missing,” she said she is positive he will continue working to achieve his dreams.

“I think Bryan will keep writing, which is the best future I can foresee for any writer in this business,” she said. “And I hope he'll keep writing for me.”

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