HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with Nicole Jones-Dion, author of Dracula-The Dark Prince and Tekken 2

This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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Next up: an interview with Nicole Jones-Dion, author of Dracula-The Dark Prince and Tekken 2
nicoleNicole Jones-Dion is an award-winning screenwriter who specializes in genre films. After starting out in the video game industry, she then segued into comics, television and film. Her feature credits include DRACULA – THE DARK PRINCE, starring Academy Award-winner Jon Voight; and TEKKEN 2, based on the best-selling martial arts video game. She has also written on assignment for producers Sean Cunningham (FRIDAY THE 13TH), Mark Lester (COMMANDO), and Barney Cohen (SABRINA THE TEENAGED WITCH), among others.
  1. What is the name of your first screenplay that was produced, or your first project that was produced, or your first writing assignment?
My very first writing assignment was for Kickstart Entertainment (the company that produced WANTED, starring Angelina Jolie). My manager told them I had a background in comics, so they sent me a box full of graphic novels that they’d optioned and asked if I’d be interested in adapting one of them to the screen. The one that really jumped out at me was a psychological thriller about a girl with multiple personalities called THE SCRIBBLER by Daniel Schaffer. Even after Kickstart’s option expired, I was still very passionate about the material. Flash forward a few years, and I introduced it to New Artists Alliance and Caliber Media who ultimately produced a film with Katie Cassidy (from ARROW) playing the lead. Continue reading