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"Pacific Highway"

“Pacific Highway”

Rape, Madness and Injustice in Seattle

“Pacific Highway” is Marc Anderson’s next screenplay following the successful debut of his original work, “1933”, which gathered seven prestigious laurels including the American Movie Awards’ top recognition.

“Pacific Highway” is an adapted screenplay taken from the late award-winning crime writer Jack Olsen’s acclaimed 1991 book, “Predator.” “Pacific Highway” is the story of McDonald Smith, who took to heart the lessons drummed into him by antisocial relatives and peers. As a teenager, unburdened by conscience or pity, he began committing crimes, including his first rape. He eventually moved to the Seattle area where he landed in a predatory breeding ground also infested with the likes of Ted Bundy, Kenneth Bianchi and The Green River killer.

Smith was careful, clever and lucky and by the fall of 1980, his luck was still holding. A respectable young businessman named Steve Titus found himself charged with one of the Smith’s most sadistic rapes in a nightmarish case of mistaken identity, law enforcement criminality and prosecutorial negligence; and ultimately, injustice. The idealistic Titus was certain that the American system of justice would clear him – right up to the day that a jury of his peers returned a verdict of “guilty as charged.”

While Smith continued to terrorize the women of Seattle, Titus lost everything. It was only when a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter answered Titus’s pleas and paired up with a seasoned best-of-the-best detective that the terrible truth emerged: a truth that was worse than anyone imagined.

“Pacific Highway” is a searing study of violations: of women, of justice, of power, and of the human spirit. It is edgy and compelling.

“Pacific Highway” is 146 pages in length and has 158 scenes. The story is partially narrated by Smith while he is evaluated at a mental hospital. Costuming would be for an early-1980’s period piece. There are no special effects.

It is my intention that this would be the first in a series of adapted screenplays based on Olsen’s crime books.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Marc Anderson

  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Number of Pages:
    146
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography

MARC ANDERSON – Writing Curriculum Vitae

Marc Anderson is an experienced writer with almost 50 years of success. As a teenager, he was Assistant Editor of his high school newspaper in Seattle, Washington. The newspaper featured hard-hitting editorials and articles on social change and the war in Vietnam. The newspaper won the top award for journalism excellence for the state of Washington.

Marc attended Washington State University and was accepted to the prestigious Edward R. Murrow College of Communications, recognized as one of the top journalism schools in America. He graduated second in his class and was elected Phi Beta Kappa for academic excellence. While a student, he worked at the campus newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, and was a correspondent with The Seattle Times. He also worked at several other weeklies in the state.

After college, Marc accepted a position as Assistant Editor at The Grant County Journal and then accepted a position as Senior Reporter and Special Sections Editor at The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington. He covered many important events such as the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, which was just 40 miles north of Vancouver.

Marc is author of “Vancouver, Washington: A Pictorial History” (Donning Company, 1983) and edits his own blog.

Marc’s first screenplay was “1933.” It is the Platinum Award Winner at the Winter 2018 International Independent Film Awards; a Semi-Finalist in the Edinburgh Screenwriting Spectacular; a Finalist in the Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship; an Official Selection of the American Movie Awards and the All Genre Screenplay Contest; and a Winner in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. It is a story about seemingly intractable challenges to individuals and society and ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. The story centers around Clint Stewart, a brick mason by trade who represents the common person – struggling to support their families with no work and no social safety nets. It also centers around Franklin D. Roosevelt, the newly-elected President who has been given almost unlimited power to try anything to get the country back on track. His first and most desperate move is to declare a bank holiday – an unprecedented action designed to regain public confidence in the country’s banking system and economy. The chaotic way that this program is rolled out is a centerpiece of this story.

Marc's second screenplay, "Pacific Highway", is the true story of a wrongful conviction for rape which was overturned – and the true perpetrator convicted – through the hard work of a dogged detective and a newspaper reporter. His third screenplay, "Docklands," is the story of organized crime's efforts to help America win World War Two.

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Writer Statement

Thank you for your interest in my work. After the success of "1933", I believe that "Pacific Highway" and "Docklands" will also be acclaimed.