Twins Aaron and Jordan Kandell go Hollywood.
If the names Aaron and Jordan Kandell aren’t on your radar yet, take note: The screenwriting brothers were just named to the 2013 Young and Hungry List as two of the “Top 100 Writers on The Verge” by Hollywood insider information source The Tracking Board.
“We are still pretty young, but we feel we’ve been in the game for a while, and so to get some recognition is nice,” says Jordan of their inclusion to the illustrious list that, according to The Tracking Board, “focuses on the voices and fresh blood hitting Hollywood and making names for themselves.”
The 31-year-old identical twins currently reside on O’ahu and graduated from ‘Iolani School in 2001 (they were co-valedictorians and founded the school’s Slam Poetry Club). Moreover, both Aaron and Jordan have been “in the game” for eight years, having formally begun their writing careers together while studying at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where they graduated magna cum laude in 2005.
“We were really big bookworms as kids, so writing was always the career trajectory that we knew we would pursue,” says Aaron. “We were always creatively competitive, so we decided to constructively channel that competitiveness and use two heads together.”
The brothers write under their production company banner, Twin Ink, Inc., and have a few major deals in development, including a top-secret, yet-to-be-titled project for Warner Bros., as well as their original screenplay Stranded, which Dolphin Tale director Charles Martin Smith is signed on to helm for Paramount, and The Golden Record, a passion project recently bought by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment that was inspired by the incredible true story of how Carl Sagan fell in love while leading the wildest mission in NASA history.
“Our favorite movies are the ones that make you feel good, the ones that make you want to make a difference in the world and go out and be better than yourself. Whatever genre we write in, it’s about finding the characters that you can fall in love with and will inspire you,” says Jordan, revealing that The Golden Record is anticipated to rank on the 2013 “The Blacklist,” a prestigious list of the year’s best un-produced screenplays as voted on by film executives.