W. Kandinsky: "There are no 'musts' in art." T.S. Eliot: "There is no freedom in art." Dostoievski character, after the ancient Middle East epigram: "Everything is permitted." (R-rated weblog. Since one has been advised there is no Literature anymore, or even literature, only writing, one proceeds on the premise that this weblog qualifies as not-meaningless, since it is, or appears to be, a form of "writing." Image: Banksy.)
Sunday, January 27, 2008
For his first screenplay, a historical drama about a fictitious truckers' union titled F.I.S.T., a project for which he did years of research (I think he said three, including extensive research in the field), Eszterhaus was paid $80,000 in a step deal and wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Norman Jewison in six months. The film tanked. Years later he wrote Basic Instinct as a spec script in three weeks and sold it for $3,000,000, the film grossing $450 million worldwide. And that's why I'm working on screenplays. Because soon this is going to happen to me!
Posted by Richard McNally at 11:13 PM
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