Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Hollywood Writes Some Books
You knew it had to happen. All those poor out of work Hollywood writers with nothing to do. Why wouldn't they start thinking, F-it! I'll just write a book? Marc Weingarten penned a piece about this predictable phenomenon in The L.A. Times entiteld Hollywood Writers Turn to Plan B: The Novel, interviewing such fancy agents as William Morris's Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Paradigm's Lydia Wills. My favorite quote is from screenwriter Mark Haskell Smith, who says: "I had an idea for a movie. I thought rather than hear an executive tell me that the writing was good but the story was too dark, I would just write a book instead. I didn't want another rejected script." The thing that's really depressing is that he probably will breeze right in and get himself a book contract.