After 20 years as a professional musician, Scott needed a job with a more stable income. So he became a screenwriter.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Scott came from a musical family, but thanks to his father taking him to weekly matinees throughout his young life, he loved movies too. As he pursued a career in music, he wrote sketches, short films and eventually feature scripts on the side with his childhood best friend and current writing partner, Gregg Zehentner.
Barkan and his writing partner, Gregg Zehentner, optioned their very first screenplay to industry titan Michael Uslan (Batman, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in 2005. Since then, their hobby took on a life of its own. Barkan and Zehentner have sold and optioned a steady stream of scripts, resulting in two produced features, and a number of projects in the development pipeline.
In 2017, their home invasion thriller, Bleed, was picked up and produced by Parkside Entertainment, becoming Netflix’s Edge of Fear, starring Robert Patrick. Following that, Barkan and Zehentner’s psychological horror script, I’m Just F*cking With You, was produced by Blumhouse and premiered at SXSW 2019 as a Narrative Spotlight Feature Selection, before becoming a flagship entry in Blumhouse/Hulu anthology series Into the Dark. More recently, their supernatural western, The Sun Always Sets in the West, has been set up at Lionsgate, with Danny McBride’s Roughhouse Pictures producing and McBride himself attached to direct. Production is currently slated for early 2023.
In addition, Barkan is a judge for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, a professor at Rowan University, and a member of the WGAW. He also shreds on guitar.
Barkan is repped by CAA and Mainstay Entertainment.
Scott is new to Script Anatomy, so testimonials will be coming soon!