Adventures in Video Games: Gun

The call came out of the blue. It was an agent who covered New Media at my agency. “How would you like to write a video game?” he asked.

“Love to,” I said. “I’ve always been interested in the medium.”

The agent went on to say there was this company called Neversoft and they wanted to make a Western game and they read a script of mine and really liked it and wanted to meet with me to discuss it.

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Adventures in Hollywood: Sunset Strip

We often think about what might have been.

What might have been had we married our high school sweethearts. What might have been had we chosen a different career. What might have been had we zigged instead of zagged….

And in my case what might have been had a film called Sunset Strip turned out differently.

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Adventures in Hollywood: The Mask of Zorro

Being rewritten is never fun, often painful. Unfortunately, in the day-to-day business of Hollywood it is becoming more and more commonplace.

In the case of “The Mask of Zorro” I was the first of what would ultimately be nine screenwriters who worked on the movie. Only four received credit.

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Adventures in Hollywood: The Doors

Before I began writing the screenplay I logged more than 50 hours of taped interviews with two dozen individuals who were close to Jim Morrison (including his parents) and The Doors.

One of the most entertaining was with UCLA film school professor Ed Brokaw. Morrison and future band-mate Ray Manzarek had been students of his in the mid-1960s – as had I in 1981.

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