I’m reviewing the contract today on a new feature film that I’ll be writing and directing! On that note, here’s a video clip (below) from the first feature film I ever worked on.
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!”…
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