’21 Bridges’ Writer Adam Mervis Talks About the Ups and Downs of Life as a Screenwriter

Adam Mervis has rode the roller coaster life of a screenwriter. From the ups and downs of the industry, Adam has experienced both sides firsthand. I had a pleasure to meet Adam at the “WGAW’s BEHIND THE SCREEN Fall-Winter 2019 Screenwriters Reception” in Los Angeles. Adam spoke about how he came up with the concept for 21 Bridges and the non-glamorous side of being a writer, plus much more.


I really enjoyed my time with Adam. He was just such a genuine good guy. Very transparent and candid. I really appreciated that about him. It was my first time meeting him and it felt like we were longtime friends.

Adam struggled as a writer living in NYC and really detailed that experience. It was fairly eye opening. It’s also where he was inspired with the idea to write 21 Bridges, through some of his NYC experiences.

I have a lot of respect for Adam. Hearing about his journey is inspiring. He got through rough times in his career and now his film is a major feature internationally. Quite the feat. It’s a heck of a movie also.

I liked hearing his perspective on the films he’s enjoyed this year. It’s always cool hearing a writer, director or actor talk about their favorite work of their peers. I certainly hope Adam’s success is just getting started.

’21 BRIDGES’ is out now in Theaters

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Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues.

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