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Screenwriter Shawn Christensen writes Abduction in 60 days…

When the idea of a high school kid who finds his photo on a missing persons site was given to screenwriter Shawn Christensen, he couldn’t get it out of his mind. He was pitched the one-line story nugget while at a meeting at Gotham Group for another job. The screenwriter was given the chance to write … Continue reading

He ain’t a woman, he ain’t black, but Tate Taylor wrote and directed the hell out of THE HELP

Taylor’s leaving it to audiences to decide if he did justice to the best-selling novel by the same name. Taylor’s childhood friend, author Kathryn Stockett, penned the story of black maids working for white families in a Jim Crow-governed Jackson, Mississippi. An aspiring novelist (Emma Stone) urges black maids (Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) to speak about out … Continue reading

Funny man Danny McBride talks smart guy screenwriting in YOUR HIGHNESS

“It was really a joke,” says screenwriter Danny McBride of how he and director David Gordon Green came up with the idea for their new movie, Your Highness. McBride co-wrote the script with his writing partner Ben Best. He also stars in the film along side a couple of Oscar-nominated actors like James Franco and Natalie Portman. Not too shabby. So, how does … Continue reading

Would you spend 20 years working on a spec script about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? James Solomon did in THE CONSPIRATOR

Would you wait nearly two decades to see your passion project get produced? Screenwriter James Solomon did. And, it was well worth it, he says, to see his period drama The Conspirator finally hit the big screen. “If I were told it was going to take 18 years, but at the end, Robert Redford was going to direct it,” Solomon says, … Continue reading

BRIDESMAIDS writer Annie Mumolo gives secret to female comedy success

“We wrote the script in six days,” says screenwriter Annie Mumolo of the whirlwind experience she had writing the new Judd Apatow-produced comedy Bridesmaids. The film is about a group of ladies who come together when one of them gets married. Mumolo co-wrote the script with friend and star of the film, Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Knocked Up, MacGruber). “We are trained … Continue reading

First-time writer/director lands Keira Knightley in LAST NIGHT

“You labor for three days to write a scene, and then you cut it in the edit.” That’s the paradox of being a writer/director, says Massy Tadjedin, who wrote and directed the romantic drama Last Night, starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. The film is about a married couple who spends the night away from each other after an … Continue reading