Having to listen to studio execs tell you how to write can affect you. Take William W. “Bill” Norton, a successful screenwriter who penned the scripts for “The Scalphunters” (directed by Sydney Pollack), “White Lightning” and “Gator” (both starring Burt Reynolds) and others. Perhaps after one too many sets of notes, he retired from screenwriting and became a leftist gunrunner in South America and then in Ireland. Now, he’s passed away. Read his obit here.
In a daring nighttime raid, Israeli commandos boarded a ship and stole the screenplay for a biopic on the life of Ingmar Bergman. Read the true story here.
“Machete” is a bloody movie about an illegal immigrant with a big machete. Co-screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez is surprised that people interpret it as having political overtones. Should he be?
Former Gambino family crime boss John “Junior” Gotti is now busy writing the screenplay of his life story. He also claims to have written a children’s book. Who knew he was versatile?
In Mumbai, they get very excited to have a script requested by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Margaret Herrick Library. In Los Angeles, we actually go to the Academy library. It’s great.
If you weren’t one of the finalists for the Nicholl Fellowship announced this week, it’s okay. Abu Dhabi has a fellowship, too. (And it pays $100,000 – that’s some righteous bucks….)
We knew it would happen sooner or later. Well, it’s sooner. Screenwriting – a screenwriting app for the iPad. And it’s only $6.99. Cool….
Was Aaron Sorkin high when he gave this interview? Sorkin, writer of the upcoming movie The Social Network (a biopic about the troubled and complicated genius behind Facebook ) is the troubled and complicated genius screenwriter behind so many great movies (The American President, A Few Good Men, Malice) and television shows (Sportsnight, West Wing). Nice interview. (Think magic mushrooms….)