MATT HARVEY

Agent: Conrad Williams

Biography: Feature film and TV writer specialising in thrillers, original drama series and factual dramas.

Produced films include action thrillers IMPACT EARTH and HARD TARGET 2, epic drama TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, and courtroom drama AN ACT OF DEFIANCE based on the true story of the Rivonia trial (shooting August 2016).

Recent commissions/productions/options:

2016
BLACK CAB
Returning TV drama about a former army medic who runs a problem-solving business from his London Black Cab. Co-written with Toby Walton. Optioned to Company Pictures.

2016
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Feature film script based on THE STATE VERSUS MANDELA by Joel Joffe about the ANC Rivonia trial. Stars Peter Paul Muller and Sello Motloung. Directed by Jean van de Welde. Co-written with Dominic Morgan. Produced by Spier Films and Cool Beans. Shooting August 2016.

2016
MANDRAKE
US-set horror film about a probation officer who discovers her latest client is a witch. Optioned to Parallel Productions. Richie Smyth attached to direct.

2015
ALBION
TV drama series about the conflict between two brothers - one working in privatised security and the other in the police force - as they get involved in a murder investigation. Optioned to Smuggler Entertainment, UK.

 

 

2015
THE CONTROLLER
Set up at Telepool. A veteran U.S. Air Commando teams up with a female U.N. Officer to hunt down an escaped dictator.

HARD TARGET 2
(Universal / Lion Rock) Forced into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, a disgraced mixed martial arts fighter is hunted through the jungles of Southeast Asia.  Directed by Roel Reine. Sequel to the classic John Woo action movie.

THE BRIDGE
Action thriller about a hold-up on a bridge. Optioned to The Fyzz.

FOG
Sci-fi horror theatrical film - about a dysfunctional family who have to band together to survive an alien nerve gas attack.
Commissioned by Scott Free

2014
HYPERBARIC
Character-driven thriller about an ex US Navy man kidnapped to operate an illegal narco-submarine. Financiers/Producers: optioned to Mythic (prod. Rick Benattar) and Matador Productions. Roger Spottiswoode attached to direct.

2013
HARD TARGET (working title)
Action thriller set in Thailand. Commissioned by Lion Rock for Universal.

2013
DEAD BEFORE DYING
TV feature film adaptation of the South African crime novel by Deon Meyer, commissioned by All In Productions, Berlin, as a 3 x 90” TV film trilogy featuring the cop Mat Joubert.

2012
THE DON
Pilot script for an original TV drama series, commissioned by BBC Scotland, producer Graeme Gordon.

2011
INTO HELL
Action thriller movie set in Istanbul. Commissioned by Bold Films, LA.

VIKINGS’ DAWN
A TV drama series in development with ITV Studios.

TERMINUS
A feature film thriller set in space. Commissioned by Ecosse Films.

2010
THE STATE VERSUS NELSON MANDELA
A theatrical film based on the book by Joel Joffe for Onstilts Productions/Richard Claus.

2009
THE KESSLER SYNDROME
A 2-hour science-fiction thriller commissioned by Darlow Smithson/Pro Sieben.

2008
TAGGART
‘Cold Reader’, an episode in the TV cop series. SMG/ITV. Produced June 2008.

LIMBO
6 x 1 hour supernatural drama series for Projector Productions.

THE BODY
4 X I hour thriller series for Ecosse, inspired by the short story by Hanif Kureshi about a middle-aged man who has his brain transplanted into a younger man’s body.

2007
IMPACT EARTH
2 hour event thriller about a comet hitting earth: for Darlow Smithson / Five“4 stars. An impressive drama” Daily Mail, Choice.
          

2006            
THE TWELTH APOSTLE
Spec script optioned to A Thousand Words, LA. Fictional thriller based on the attempted assassination of the Pope.

2005               
THE CORAL SEA
Nautical thriller commissioned by Working Title Films.

2004               
THUNDERBIRDS 2
Commissioned by Working Title Films.                                   

TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
Production re-write of the epic love story set in the Dark Ages: Scott Free Productions, Directed by Kevin Reynolds and Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.

BLACK ICE
Survival thriller set in Antarctica; adapted from Matt Dickinson’s novel, commissioned by Cougar Films.

2003
GODS OF WAR
Epic war movie set in Roman Britain: development funded by The Film Council.

FINAL FRAME
Docudrama chronicling the rise and fall of the greatest war photographer of all time: Based on Don McCullin’s autobiography entitled UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR: Spec Script.

2002               
PLAYING FOR THE ENEMY
Inspired by a true story: Two cultures collide when a young Falkland Islander goes to Argentina to become a football star: Spec Script.

THE HANGMAN’S APPRENTICE
Revenge thriller set in 1920s Britain about a hangman who is framed for murder: Selected for presentation at the European Pitchpoint Event at the Berlin Film Festival 2001: The Film Council.

2000               
BLACK BUTTERFLIES
Period medical drama: A young neurosurgeon struggling to find a cure for mental illness is himself drawn into a dangerous cycle of obsession and insanity: Manifesto Films, USA.

OVERLAND
Hostage Drama: A group of Western tourists get kidnapped in Northern India. Winner of The Script Factory Competition: Leading actors and actresses performed a rehearsed reading of the screenplay to a sell-out audience at the Soho Theatre. Commissioned by The Producers.

1996 – 99         
THE SNOW QUEEN
Family Film: A feature adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale: Giant Films.

BLOOD RITUAL
Urban thriller: A disturbing tale of corruption and intrigue set on the streets of Rio de Janeiro: Talisman Films.

HOMEWARD BOUNDERS
Science Fiction: A Stealth Bomber pilot is transported into a new dimension; adapted from Diane Wynn Jones’ science fiction novel: Talisman Films.

HELL’S LADDER
Action-thriller set in a South African diamond mine: Talisman Films.

Credits with Dominic Morgan 1996-2015