The script was penned by Joe Robert Cole and director Ryan Coogler. Cole was an alumni of the Marvel Studios writer program, where writers develop the lesser well-known characters in the Marvel universe from their best action scripts.
The script development process for Gladiator was tortuous, with multiple writers being brought in and discarded, multiple rewrites, actors complaining about the writing and Russell Crowe walking off set in frustration.
Like with the First Blood script, however, the eventual changes that made it work were predominately character-based: making Maximus a more sympathetic character rather than just wanting to kill somebody, developing his friendship with Juba and killing off his family in order to increase his motivation.
Interestingly, despite the top level work already done on the script, Daniel Craig also insisted that Phoebe Waller-Bridge (creator of a BBC sitcom called Fleabag), come in to perform extra script doctor work punching up the dialogue and adding more humor.
Spiderman: No Way Home is another action script on this list to be written by a stellar writing team. In this case, Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, who made their mark in Hollywood by churning out a series of tentpole superhero and animation screenplays.
He later wrote the script for Valkyrie which sparked a close working relationship with Tom Cruise, which led to McQuarrie re-writing The Edge of Tomorrow as well as directing Jack Reacher and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
The Usual Suspects script comes in right around 118 pages, which is pretty standard for many crime scripts. The screenplay also follows basic story structure pretty well, especially with the big moments.
There are moments where we might suspect Verbal, but everything in the script tells us that this guy is a coward. Deep down we can tell he is scared of Kujan, scared to let Keaton down, and scared of Keyser Soze.
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Through the first half of the script, I struggled to stay invested. I was trying to figure out why and then it hit me. The script has a goal. But there are no stakes attached to that goal. The goal is one of curiosity more than requirement. If they fail to find out why Tyrone was cloned, nothing changes in his life. In fact, he can go back to his drug dealing ways and not be affected.
McQuarrie wrote the original script for The Wolverine, the version that had Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky attached, before a multitude of factors forced Aronofsky to drop the project, and McQuarrie to soon follow suit. In talking with the Usual Suspects scribe, I learned more about what his version of The Wolverine would've been like - a version that McQuarrie himself describes as, \"Kurosawa's Wolverine.\"
The truth of the matter is that 'Wolverine' I consider to be one of my favorite scripts that I've ever written. I really held it near and dear to my heart, and I was sorry that circumstances worked out that I couldn't be there and be involved in that movie. I'm almost afraid to see what it's evolved into, because that's the nature of the process.
Well you know, it was an X-Men movie - it was a Marvel movie - but it existed very much in a real world. And more than anything, I love it for the very fact that - at least in the script I wrote - he was the only mutant in the movie... It was what you'd imagine the Wolverine universe to be under the control of somebody who wrote 'The Usual Suspects' and 'The Way of the Gun' and is a fan of Sergio Leone. It was Kurosawa's Wolverine. There was a real romance to it, there was real humor to it, and a very straightforward sort of plain-faced brutality to it. I'm hoping they preserve that.
From what we know so far, Mangold and screenwriters Mark Bomback (Die Hard 4) and Scott Frank (Minority Report) have tweaked elements of McQuarrie's script - possibly to better link The Wolverine with X-Men: Days of Future Past and the overall X-Men movie universe. This includes adding more mutant character (like the villain, Silver Samurai), and setting the film after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
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Jill McCorkle's Hieroglyphics is a wondrously appealing novel, especially to oldsters bored by the muscular toy-boy antics of Jack Reacher and who are too gray to be invigorated by the snake oil of self-help books. Readers younger than \"a certain age\" haven't lived long enough to recognize that all lives, like the scripts of hieroglyphics, are fragmentary: here an owl with a human head, there two bustling scarab beetles and a vulture craning forward, its beak a trowel. The minds of even middle-aged readers are adolescent. Unlike the minds of people who have almost graduated from being seniors, they are not attics cluttered with the lost and forgotten. The middle-aged can still indulge in the fiction that they see steadily and understand. For the old, remembrances are partial, and even when graphic, truths seem malleable and baffling.