Lazy Eye

Americans Aden Spencer and Christopher Prince share a tragic event. One they don’t talk about, not even with each other. They met as teenagers in Paris and thirty years later have remained loyal friends. Aden still lives in France, works with her partner Ian Stuart as defense contractors. Prince bears witness to the dark side of gray market arms trading, damage he tried to contain first at the Foreign Service office in Zaire, now as clandestine CIA operative working in intelligence in West Africa
Aden and Prince are caught off guard when the New York Times publishes an article written by a former classmate. It accuses them of being rogue arms dealers, collaborating to sell weapons to terrorist groups and of having another NOC killed. Aden is questioned by US law enforcement in Paris but denies involvement in illicit deals, the CIA murder and of Prince’s true identity. When a woman close to Prince is killed as a direct result of the article, Prince travels to Paris to work with Aden and Ian to silence the sources of the story and find a way to publicly refute it. Lazy Eye moves between present day and the past.

  • Larissa Merriman
    Writer
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay, Television Script
  • Genres:
    drama
  • Number of Pages:
    57
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography - Larissa Merriman

Larissa Merriman is a transplanted Alaskan in Los Angeles who wishes she lived in Paris. She works as a writer and political strategist for private clients with a focus is on public education funding issues and the state and national level. She is also a rockstar speech writer.

She first attempted screenwriting after she read hundreds of scripts while at Handprint Entertainment. Alas, she never finished a project. After taking a five year break from writing to work in the restaurant business, she wrote the novel Lazy Eye about fictional arms dealers who operate within in a real world conflict. A film producer friend encouraged her to adapt it into a screenplay. Five drafts later a former boss at Handprint said it would make a better television show. And she took his advice and wrote the pilot episode and the first seasons series bible. At present, she is writing the first season and two other narrative film projects, including one about a professional female sports reporter who has to prove she is not a unicorn.

When not writing or advocating on public policy issues, she drinks wine and hopes to survive the next four years.

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Writer Statement

My writing passion is drama and interpersonal conflicts. I love dialogue; I love how people interact with each other, physically, mentally and verbally. I know there are plenty of writers and directors who think dialogue is unnecessary, but I disagree. While I suppose it’s possible to go on a date where the participants don’t speak to each other and still connect, it has not happened for me. What people say (and don't say) to each other is of upmost importance to me.

One of the reasons I love to write is because I can step out of my real life. I might not live in Paris, but I can live vicariously through my characters. I love to write what I am not able to say in my real life. It’s an escape, a chance to make the ordinary – extraordinary.
When I work at my “real” job, I set aside a couple of hours each day to write, usually late at night. Other days I will write five or more hours. It’s my therapy, though because of it I’ve missed a lot of quality television. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to catch up someday.