Tulsa Screen Writer Hank Byrd is co-writing the Indie Crime Thriller "BoneYard'' starring Mel Gibson and 50 Cent
When you think about famous people in Tulsa what comes to mind are the athletes and the rappers. Who could blame you? They’re literally on the big screen. Whether present or past, the common narrative has been pushed that if you want to make it to the big time then you either have to play some form of music or you have to be an athlete. Hank Byrd is a Tulsan looking to literally change the narrative, all the while making it to the big screen without having to rap or dribble a ball.
Hank Byrd is a screenwriter from Tulsa, whose reputation speaks for itself. The self-proclaimed “army brat” also served in the U.S. Army, which gave him a more worldly lense, and is something he invites audiences in with each script he writes. Throughout his career he’s proven why his pen is just as mighty as his sword. The Tulsa screenwriter has over 14 years of industry experience and has recently released the 3rd episode of Blerds that was picked up by the popular streaming service Tubi. Hank not only saw this project as a labor of love, but believed in it so much that he paid out of his own pocket the capital needed to make the first episodes of Blerds. Some of his other accomplishments include; Won the Bare Bones International Film Festival Best Live Screenplay Reading honor in 2010 for his film “Dinner with Harry”. Audience Choice winner for best mini-feature for the film “The Take”. Also an official Selection to the HorrOrigins Film Festival 2020 for his film “Adjoining” and multiple quarterfinalist selections for his film “The Fae”.
This brings us to his latest accomplishment, co-writer of the recently announced film Boneyard. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Inspired by true events, Boneyard tells of an FBI special agent, played by Mel Gibson, who along with the Albuquerque police department, is hunting for a serial killer nicknamed “The Bone Collector”. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will be playing the chief. Alongside will be veteran actor Bran Van Holt, who plays the officer who is connected to the case through a missing niece. Although details of actress Nora Zehetner role have not been released, moviegoers will be sure to be in line to see her performance. Filming has already begun in Las Vegas and more details about the movie are sure to come out later.
For Jackson, this comes at the heels of his most successful years as a producer; anyone who follows Jackson knows he’s not ashamed to share what’s on his mind, “I just realized there is not 1 African American person with green light Power in all of television. 👀 WTF , I gotta turn it up now !”.
Hank shares the writing load with Vincent E. McDaniel, Koji Steven Sakai and Asif Akbar, who will also be the director as well as one of the credited producers for the film. This is the big time. This is the big screen. A moment not too big for Hank Bryd who interned on the blockbuster hit Kiss Of The Dragon that starred world-famous actor and martial artist Jet Li. This is another opportunity for Hank Byrd to show why he’s had such longevity in the here-today, gone-tomorrow world of Hollywood. The next big script is right at his fingertips. So, lookout for Hank Byrd the screenwriter that is writing his way into Tulsa history.
Another accomplishment Hank Byrd has added to his list is that of an author. He recently released his book "HANKISMS: Everyday Quotes About Life, Love & Everything Else That Falls Through The Cracks".
You can order your copy here:
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Here's what Hank Byrd had to say about his book: