Screenwriter and director Scott Cooper reveals the deeply personal narrative of Out of the Furnace, the resiliency of the Rust Belt, and why he turned Woody Harrelson from a “national treasure” to homicidal New Jersey hillbilly.
by Christopher McKittrick Scott Cooper was once a young actor from southwest Virginia who had appeared in small roles in a handful of films and television episodes. However, that was before he wrote the script for the 2009 thriller For Sale by Owner, which he also starred in and co-produced. To date it was Cooper’s […]
Screenwriter and producer Mark Protosevich tells the fascinating story of Oldboy's adaptation and journey to the Hollywood multiplex.
by W. H. Bourne “About five years ago I got a phone call from Will Smith’s assistant who said, ‘Will’s going to call you in about a half hour; will you be home?’” Oldboy‘s screenwriter Mark Protosevich tells a fascinating story about how the current adaptation of the beloved Korean cult classic managed to make […]
Creating characters who cross the lines
by Andrew Bloomenthal When it comes to polite human interaction, characters in Nicole Holofcener’s films just can’t seem to stay within the bounds of social protocol. And if it’s uncomfortable watching them do and say things they shouldn’t, well, who goes to the cinema to watch people color inside the lines, anyway? Who could forget […]
A Sit-Down with Austin Bunn and John Krokidas, the creative minds behind Kill Your Darlings
by Andrew Bloomenthal First discovering the Beat writers in college, screenwriter Austin Bunn was instantly smitten by the countercultural voices of generations past. But no one spoke to him louder than iconic poet Allen Ginsberg, and Bunn soon found himself scouring the campus bookstore to find anything he could get his hands on by the […]
John Ridley on 12 Years a Slave and the Power of Cinema
by Carlos Aguilar With a career that covers almost every written creative medium, John Ridley’s latest screenplay is perhaps the most important project of his career. Being an African American man himself the process of translating Solomon Northup’s account of his experience as a slave proved to be a particularly emotionally powerful experience. As a […]