Whatever started out as just a hobby has now brought this airman one step closer to Hollywood.
Capt. Eric Koenig, the 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental flight commander, recently accepted an offer from Paramount Pictures to purchase one of the many scripts he’s written in the last three years, according to a news release.
The screenplay sold for an amount in the mid six-figure range, the release said.
The story, called “Matriarch,” revolves around two powerful, female characters. According to Koenig:
The plot follows a female serial killer on death row and her prison psychologist. There is one undisclosed piece of information left that would reveal the location of the killer’s final victim. The psychologist finds herself working to find that information prior to her patient’s impending execution.
Koenig, in the military 13 years, said that he enjoys and often works on films with darker themes.
“This is definitely a dark, violent thriller in the vein of ‘Silence of the Lambs’,” Koenig said in the release. “I like to see those kind of movies, so naturally that’s what I’m going to write.”
The week before his screenplay was bought, “Matriarch” was entered in a Launch Pad contest on a Hollywood insider information website. His piece made it into the top 25, attracting the attention of a marketing team made up of a manager, an agent and an entertainment lawyer, according to 412th Test Wing public affairs writer Rebecca Amber.
While the purchase doesn’t guarantee a big screen debut, Koenig said he wants others to consider turning their hobbies into dreams — if that’s where life leads them.
“If you don’t enjoy your career, there are other things you can do,” he said. “Too often people can get in a rut and they think they have to tough this out.”
Without any formal training, Koenig learned to write screenplays by reading books on the subject.
“Perfect example, I have a law enforcement background and I didn’t want to be in law enforcement anymore,” Koenig said. “I wanted to become a dentist and the chances of that happening were very slim, but I made that happen. Even though I love being a dentist, I had this crazy idea to become a screenplay writer; no one should settle for less than what they love doing.”