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Screenwriter Craig Mazin on going sober with a finale of HANGOVER PART III

How do you wake up with a hangover and decide this will be your last one? That’s the question screenwriter Craig Mazin faced when sitting down with director Todd Phillips to write the last and final edition of drunken comedy series, The Hangover Part III. “We wanted to end it, and we wanted it to feel … Continue reading

Screenwriter Justin Zackham on THE BIG WEDDING

Adapting a film from a book is one thing, but what do you do when you’re asked to adapt a foreign film into a Hollywood production? Screenwriter Justin Zackham, best known for writing the heartfelt dramedy The Bucket List, decided taking on this kind of adaptation for his first foray into the world of writing and … Continue reading

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talk PAIN & GAIN

Would you like to make a movie about a group of body builders who become extortionists and killers…? It’s not the kind of question a studio exec would likely say yes to… unless it’s based on a true story. Pain & Gain, the new black comedy-slash-crime movie, is about just this topic. Based on a … Continue reading

How to write for Tina Fey from ADMISSION screenwriter Karen Croner

Karen Croner spent years writing dramas about characters with terminally ill diseases. Although she loved her work, after a while she started to yearn for something different. In a moment of epiphany she said one day, “I want to write a comedy for Tina Fey.” While it seemed like a long shot, with a few … Continue reading

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE from screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley

The screenwriters who brought you the hilarious murder caper Horrible Bosses in the summer of 2011 are at it again with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley co-wrote the new comedy about a tired magician who has to find his mojo again when everyone he works with gives up on him. The film stars … Continue reading

Screenwriter Chris Butler on writing the kids zombie flick ParaNorman

Screenwriter Chris Butler got his start in Hollywood by drawing storyboards. Wait a second that means no dialog, right? How does a storyboard artist get good at writing if he never has to spew out dialog? He concentrates on character and not all the chatter, says Butler about the process. Although, the writer/director for the … Continue reading

Writer/director Leslye Headland on ladies using the F-word in her new indie comedy Bachelorette

If you hate the F-word, you don’t want to see Bachelorette. And you know what? The film’s writer and director doesn’t care. She wants to show you how women really talk when no one else is around. That’s the kind of artistic bravado that brought playwright Leslye Headland out of the theater and into Hollywood to … Continue reading

Hope Springs screenwriter Vanessa Taylor talks sex and Meryl Streep

ScreenwritingU sat down with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor to get her take on the clichés of romantic comedies, working with Meryl Streep and being on the famed Hollywood Black List. Hope Springs is the story of a married couple looking to put the spark back in their love life. These two are sleeping in separate bedrooms, barely talking … Continue reading

Interview: Screenwriter Jody Lambert on Indie Drama, PEOPLE LIKE US

“I don’t think we ever thought this movie was going to be made at a studio and at this level,” says screenwriter Jody Lambert from the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills while conducting a one-on-one interview with ScreenwritingU about his new film People Like Us. And, why is that? Because this film was such a … Continue reading

Screenwriters Jack Amiel and Michael Begler on Big Miracle

Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, the writing team behind Big Miracle share their experiences on how they finally got their film made after 20 years. Itsonthegrid.com: Click here to listen  

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