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Best Writer in Hollywood.

8/26/2009 5:39:05 AM permalink

I'm not trying to get too in depth with this seeing as I'm just getting home at seven in the morning after a night of hard drinking and other stuff - can you believe I have plans to do it again starting at three in the afternoon?. 

Anyway I want to know who you all think is the best writer in Hollywood.  I have two and I can't really decide who is best.  My picks are Jonathan Nolan and Guillermao Del Toro.

I mean Nolan has wrote some phenomenal movies that are totally outside of the conventional Hollywood colored lines.  I mean we have Memento and Prestige which are unlike any movies put out.  Some people hate them but...Actually, I have no but for them.  I can't see why anybody would not like the movies he wrote.  Recently I heard about a movie called Interstellar that he's writing and it seems awesome.  Read about it because it's too complicated for me to explain.

Then we have Del Toro who has wrote and directed amazing movies such as Mimic, Cronos, The Devil's Back Bone (my favorite ghost movie), Hellboy, Pan's Labryinth (one of my favorite movies),  All of them excluding maybe Hellboy, which I didn't like all that much but it was alright.  I mean he breaks conventions, as well.  Not to mention he co-wrote a book with Chuck Hogan called The Strain which is awesome and it's just part one of a trilogy.  And just in case you didn't know the only reason that he had Hogan help write the book is because he wanted to the book to be as realistic as possible considering the subject matter and Hogan is good at writing...um, scientific and technoloical realistic stuff.  That's the layman's terms for what he really said. Like I said I'm drunk and can't remember what he exactly said word for word.

Anyway those are my picks..what are yours and why?  I'll probably get more into it as I get replies and I'm more sober but I was wondering what my fellow Maniacs think of the best writers in Hollywood.  This coming from the guy who wants to be a writer but my problems in life keep bringing me down.  I know I can do it, hell, I won the contest for the Midnight Meat Train for a synopsis of a movie that I've already wrote five chapters for.

Hope to hear from you.

Peace, Knuckas

Larry Hill

Tags: Writers, Jonathan Nolan, Nolan, Guillermo del Toro, del Toro


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Hobbs 8/26/2009 12:18:46 PM

I can only pick guys that write and direct their own movies.  Its hard to pick out a single screen writer because their scripts get changed based on the Directors vision.  I still think Gladiator is one of the best scripts but that thing went through a mess of rewrites and only three people are credited with it. 

So in that line of thinking I think the best writers in Hollywood are Peter Jackson and James Cameron.  For original thinking I give it to Cameron.  I know Jackson biggest hits were stories that were already there but I still think he translates it well to film.  I also think David Mamet is a damn good writer. Spartan, The Unit TV show. The Edge, Ronin, Untouchables but Cameron is King.

I do give props to Del Toro and Nolan but Jonathans brother Chris co-writes with him so I'm not sure how much is him.  Plus Jonathan was given Salvation to touch up and I thought that was a mess...but to be fair we don't know how much work he did on the script. It could have just been a suggestion he gave and Hollywood reporter ran with the story that he was helping to write it. You know how Hollywood is. 

 

Hobbs 8/26/2009 12:22:49 PM

Oh yeah, and who can forget Quentin Tarantino.

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