Under the Gipper. I was doing an internship on one of the top floors of the building they blew up in Diehard (only Ronald Reagan’s office was above us). Anxious to find a movie project, but with no money, I started reading old classics (i.e. stealable stories) at the Beverly Hills Library.
Rip van Offable. One day I stumbled across Rip Van Winkle, which had never been made into a live action film, probably because it was only a 15 page wisp of a story. So I expanded it, imagining all that had happened to Rip’s wife and kids during his twenty year absence, and what he’d have to do to fix things when he returned. I pitched it to a friend at Columbia Pictures, and he said, “Well, Showtime’s looking for modern fairly tales…” And I said, “Funny, cuz this just happens to be a modern fairly tale!” then got off the phone and spent the next two days modernizing the story!
Two weeks later, Showtime bought the rights and I got my first producer credit! Hope you enjoy this brief clip from Out of Time.