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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg sign up to work on script written by UCA student

An alumnus who began writing a film script while he was a student at UCA Farnham will now see his work produced by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment and directed by the award-winning Game of Thrones’ director Miguel Sapochnik. The sci-fi film, BIOS, will also feature Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks among its cast.  

Craig Luck, who graduated from UCA Farnham with a BA (Hons) Film Production in 2010, began writing the sci-fi script during his second year at UCA. He says: “Our family dog died right in the middle of writing the original short script while I was still at UCA, so that’s how the story ended up the way it is now.

“I continued developing the script once I graduated, and many, many production houses encouraged me to write it as a feature film. One such person who persuaded me to keep developing it was Ivor Powell, who produced Blade Runner and Alien and later co-wrote the final version with me.

“I keep having to pinch myself that a little script I wrote at film school now has names like Spielberg and Hanks attached to it. You always dream of the idea, but you can’t aspire to that and stay sane. You still have to earn money every day in the meantime, so you have to find a way of balancing it all.”

The film’s plot is an endearing and heart-warming tale which focuses on three unlikely heroes who are not only trying to survive, but also trying to live a life too.

Craig adds: “It has been a very long road to where we are now. The first draft of the feature screenplay was finished mid-2013. We did a number of drafts over the next year or so, then we began pushing the script out there.”

In addition to co-writing the script for BIOS Craig has worked as a technician in the film industry, with the new Star Wars film among his most recent credits.

He continues: “Whilst I regret not having directed more films between graduating and now, working as a technician has meant that I have been able to work on major motion picture sets, read the scripts, meet cast, see how it’s all done, and still have some time for my own scripts. It’s been an invaluable experience that I never would have had if I went straight into directing my own films.

“But you’ve got to be careful. You can all too easily find yourself three years in and wonder where the time has gone. You have to keep your dreams alive, no matter what you do or where you end up. I live my life by a motto that pops up every time I clear my inbox: ‘build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to help build theirs’.”

BIOS is due to start filming at the beginning of 2019.