I have favorite romance authors, favorite thriller authors, and favorite biography authors. But I hadn't realized until recently that I have a few favorite screenwriters, one of which is Shane Black.
If you think Shane looks a bit like a bad boy, you'd be right. But he's also got a sensitive side. And the dude understands how to create the kind of internal conflict that engages the emotions and has you sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering how in the heck this movie's going to end happily for the characters you love. Sound like the goal of every romance novelist? It is.
He also wrote another of my action/thriller favs - The Long Kiss Goodnight. Talk about twists and reinventing the genre once more! Here was a woman in the lead role of what might have been written for a man. He sold the script for a record (at the time) $4 million. And that's where he seemed to have lost his way. As writers, we all know about paths that lead you away from your writing mojo. Shane became better known for the fantastic parties he'd throw than brilliant scripts for awhile.
Have all Shane's movies been commercial successes? No. Have all Shane's movies been critically acclaimed? No. He doesn't give a rat's ass (yeah, I channeled him a bit there). He's like any good writer. He follows his muse and he writes what interests him. Sometimes that appeals to a broad audience and sometimes it appeals to a niche market. The point is: Shane Black likes exploring the dark corners of character, perhaps because he has dark corners himself.
Do you have a screenwriter you admire for one reason or another? Would love to hear who you admire/love and which movies/TV shows they've done.
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