James McCarthy is a London based screenwriter. He loves writing “heightened genre” pieces, where he can add left-field elements to commercial ideas to make stories which are surprising and relevant. He particularly likes creating thrillers with tight, twisting plots, but also enjoys developing ideas that will play to a wide range of audience emotions.
Excited by both Film and TV, James has a current pilot TV script commission that’s yet to be announced and a recent feature screenplay sale which is also under wraps. He is currently developing a slate of new ideas/spec scripts for the coming year.
Safe From Harm (2011)
A European thriller, original spec. Optioned by Element Pictures.
I’m On Fire (2010)
A coming of age thriller, original spec.
The Poison Tree (2008)
Psychological thriller. Original spec written in collaboration with J Blakeson.
The Descent Part 2 (2006-2008)
Celador Films. Feature film written in collaboration with J Blakeson. Sequel to the 2005 horror hit The Descent Release date – December 2009.
Now You See Her… (2004-2005)
Written for producer James Gay-Rees/Midfield Films. Psychological thriller.
Unreality Inc. (2003-2004)
Working Title Films. Feature Film. Original High Concept action thriller written in collaboration with J Blakeson.
Feature film screenplay written for director Jeremy Wooding
The Rising (2001)
Original UK-based supernatural thriller.
Winner of the Carl Foreman Screenwriting Scholarship given in association with BAFTA (1995)