Sunday, November 05, 2006

Back in Black

Another one of the big-name screenwriters from the golden age of the spec script (the 90s), Shane Black, resurfaced last year with the well-received Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Black made his bones on big studio action buddy pics, like the Lethal Weapon series. His scripts, if you haven't read any (and you really should), are models for the breezy, post-modern style of screenwriting that now seems everyday. After receiving $2 $4 million -- the highest spec sale up to that date -- for The Long Kiss Goodnight, Shane dropped off Hollywood's radar screen. Now he lives in Austin and is content to write and direct movies on his own terms. Austinist caught up with him at this year's Austin Film Festival for an interview on his past and future career.


  • actually Shane got $4.5 for it, breaking Eszterhas's Basic Instinct $3 mill record

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:14 AM  

  • thanks, i thought that sounded low on IMDB when i read that. a good reminder never to rely on them for much beyond the movie listings.

    By Blogger Chris, at 6:50 PM  

  • I got to flirt with Shane Black at the Austin Film Festival. Really nice guy. Deep thinker, too.

    By Blogger Kitty, at 12:08 AM  

  • wow kitty, now i'm superjealous. AFF sounds super fun. it's tops on my list of events to attend next year. drinks on me!

    By Blogger Chris, at 5:40 PM  

  • Shane is cool and loves the AFF, but I'm 99% sure he's not (yet) relo'd to Austin.

    And if you're serious about making screenwriting a career and have *not* gone to AFF, then I doubt your seriousness about making screenwriting a career. ;-)

    Get there.

    By Blogger Brett, at 6:29 PM  

  • The last time I went to the AFF was Oct. 2001, just after 9/11. All these writers were walking around in a daze and in the panels kept saying things like "I don't know if what I do really means anything."
    But people were so afraid to fly at the time, we had all these great writers all to ourselves. It was amazing. I just remember sitting at a table with Mike Rich to my left and Scott Rosenberg to my right and thinking, this can't be real.

    I think Shane Black has been to every AFF.

    By Blogger Kitty, at 12:23 AM  

  • I am so going to AFF next year.

    By Blogger Michele, at 4:50 AM  

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