Rylend Grant

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Rylend Grant is a screenwriter, author, and Ringo Award-winning comic book creator from Detroit, MI. He is an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk.

Education[edit]

Rylend graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in film and art history and then earned his master's degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory.[1][2][3]

Film/TV[edit]

Rylend worked briefly in script development for directors Oliver Stone and Hal Hartley[non-primary source needed] before embarking on a writing career of his own.[4][5][6]

Rylend was twice a finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (2003 and 2004)[7][8] and he won the Final Draft Big Break Competition in 2004.[9] His scripts appeared on Franklin Leonard's Black List in 2005 and 2009, an annual list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays as voted by studio and film executives.[10][11] In 2009, Total Film called his script The Ghost and the Wolf one of the top 50 unproduced scripts in Hollywood.[12][13]

Grant has been a working Guild screenwriter for over a decade, developing film and television projects with JJ Abrams, Ridley Scott, Howard Gordon, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Johnny Depp, John Woo, Adam Wingard, Dean Devlin, Luc Besson, Daveed Diggs, and Penélope Cruz, among others.[14][15][16][non-primary source needed] A script for Haunted Heart, co-written with Academy Award winning director Fernando Trueba, was announced in 2006[17] and is set to begin production in fall of 2020.[18][19][20][21]

Fiction[edit]

Rylend has published several short stories, many of which are being developed for film and television. His short story Thief Coach, written with Dikran Ornekian, was published online at Popcorn Fiction.[22] The film rights were sold to Fast & Furious director Justin Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment.[citation needed] Rylend recently finished writing the filmic adaptation for Lin to direct.[23][non-primary source needed]

In 2017 his science fiction story, Botany Bay, was set up with F. Gary Gray attached to direct in the wake of his Straight Outta Compton success.[24][failed verification] His story Smugglers is being developed for television by Game of Thrones and Fargo director/producer Matt Shakman.[25][non-primary source needed][26][failed verification][27][failed verification]

Comics[edit]

Rylend's ten-issue political action thriller titled Aberrant, was published in the summer of 2018 by Action Lab Entertainment.[28] In 2019, the series won a Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards "Fan Favorite" award for "Favorite Villain"[29][30] and was nominated for two others. Grant was nominated for "best writer" alongside Brian Michael Bendis, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder, and Brian K. Vaughan and Issue #4 of the series was nominated for "best single issue/story".[31][32][33]

In July 2018, collider.com announced that the series was being developed as a one hour television series by 24 and Felicity Executive Producer Tony Krantz via his Flame Ventures banner and that Grant would be penning the pilot and producing the series alongside Krantz.[34][35][36]

Action Lab published Grant's next comic series - described as a "twisted deconstruction of the superhero genre" - titled Banjax in June 2019.[37][38][39]

Grant also collaborated with Monster Matador creator Steven Prince on spinoff of the indie comic book called Tales From the World of Monster Matador.[40][41][42]

Grant has hosted dozens of panels at major comic book conventions including San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, and Los Angeles Comic Con.[43][44][45]

Poker[edit]

Before working as a writer, Rylend exclusively made his money playing poker online and in card rooms in and around Los Angeles, CA.[46][47][48] He cashed in over a dozen high profile tournaments at the Bicycle and Commerce Casinos in the mid '00s, most notably winning the $200 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event at the California Poker Open and placing third at the $300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event at the Heavenly Hold'em tournament. He's also won or cashed in hundreds of tournaments online.[49][50]

Zen[edit]

Rylend is an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist monk in the lineage of Gudo Nishijima and Brad Warner and the President of Dogen Sangha Los Angeles, where he and a few others often lead classes in Warner's stead.[51][52][53]

Grant was featured prominently in director Pirooz Kalayeh's documentary about Warner and Dogen Sangha Los Angeles (now the Angel City Zen Center) titled Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen.[54][55]

American Ninja Warrior[edit]

Rylend was a contestant on season 2 (2010) of the sports entertainment television series American Ninja Warrior, a spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty. Grant breezed through the course, but ultimately failed to surmount the final and most difficult obstacle, the warped wall.[56][57]

Select bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

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