A Screenwriter to Watch

June 25th, 2008

One of the my greatest influences is J. Michael Straczynski. I’d always admired the stories he wrote, even before I knew it was he writing them. When I saw what he did with Babylon 5, and the effect that storyline had on me, I just had to start writing again.

It’s great to see a screenwriter I admire doing so well these days. He has hit Hollywood big time. The film he wrote called ‘Changeling’, starring Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie, was shown at Cannes this year. Variety magazine has an entry for him in 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

It was while reading that article that I came across this little gem:

After cracking the complex story structure of “Changeling” in his head, he wrote a draft in 11 days, the same version that Eastwood shot.

A draft in 11 days! Man! Where can I get a work ethic like that?

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