Writing on Die Hard.
So here’s the scene. It was a Saturday backyard birthday party and barbeque for a friend’s ten-year-old. The winter afternoon was crisp enough for sweaters. I’d assumed my usual posture, Diet Coke in one hand, enjoying a little adult conversation while keeping one eye on the unheated swimming pool. No kids were swimming. And that’s [...]Read More »
Here’s the scene. It was night on a cold and windswept mountaintop movie set. Writer and movie star had found shelter near the playback monitors. I was passing on to Bruce Willis the conversation I’d had with the producers earlier in the afternoon. “They want you to dial back on the f-bombs, partner,” I said. [...]Read More »
It was the day we burned the Hostage set. Bruce ambled onto the soundstage and dropped a script onto my lap. The title was DIE HARD 4.0. I could tell by the date it was the most recent writer’s attempt at the fourth installment of the series. “Do me a favor and read it will [...]Read More »
Die Hard 2… Behind the Scenes I was actually hired to write DIE HARD 2 when the original DIE HARD was still in theaters. Like the original, the sequel was to be based on a novel. In DIE HARD 2’s case, the book was 58 MINUTES by Walter Wager. Days later I was parked in [...]Read More »
This is one of my favorite Hollywood true stories. It involves mega action producer, Joel Silver. Now, like most power players, Joel has a rep. Some good. Some negative. Some deserved. Some not. I was once sitting in on an American Film Institute discussion panel where Joel actually said, “Hollywood is a venal town. I’d [...]Read More »