November 4, 2013

The Great Offender, Part 1.

It was just a gig. An all-terms upfront, uncredited production rewrite. Pack quickly, climb on a plane, fly to the location, find a quiet corner in […]
October 28, 2013

The Enemies List.

The assignment started like this. A meeting at the studio with a vice president of development. I was pitched a character scenario. After a week of […]
October 14, 2013

What it Takes.

Not long ago in a post I titled ENTER THE GAUNTLET, I wrote about what it takes to get me – the grizzled veteran word merchant […]
October 7, 2013


Before Jerry Bruckheimer became the stand-alone superstar brand he is today, he was partnered in another superstar brand known as Simpson-Bruckheimer Films. The late Don Simpson […]
September 30, 2013


I was in a particularly delicate spot. You know that place. Low batteries. On the outside looking in. It felt as if I was in a […]
September 23, 2013

Paycheck Player.

The conversation is a common one. Agent and writer/client. The subject concerns the delivery of a script. “The producer has some notes,” said the writer. “You […]
September 16, 2013

Kiss It.

I have a confession. I have a prejudice against a particular minority group. And I’m being utterly unvarnished about this embarrassing fact. Upon my introduction to […]
September 9, 2013

Kill… or be Killed.

“For God’s sake,” barked the director. “I’ve made movies for Ray, Joel, and Don. Hell if I’m gonna go through all that again with Jon Peters.” […]
August 26, 2013

It’s a Small World After All.

Just this week I got a call from a young writer/director acquaintance. He’s a friend of a good pal and, every so often, I’m lucky to […]
August 19, 2013

Ten Little Indians, Part 2.

Though my deal hadn’t been closed, I was already writing the studio sequel I’d sold the movie star, Rodney Redux (name obviously changed to protect the […]