Boston-born Scott Rosenberg burst onto the scene in 1995 with his hard-boiled screenplay for Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
. His repertoire crosses the film spectrum, including indie films like Beautiful Girls
and such big-budget studio pictures as Gone in 60 Seconds
and Con Air
. His adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel High Fidelity
garnered him a WGA Award nomination, and he is frequently called in for his skills as a script doctor.
In this interview, Rosenberg candidly reveals his tools of the trade, from finding inspiration in a Metallica album to his "intoxicating" recipe for overcoming writer's block. He explains how being a Red Sox fan prepared him for life as a screenwriter, why no one is more brilliant than Winnie the Pooh, and what happened one infamous night at a bar in North Carolina.
Your Host: Producer Mike De Luca is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking films of the last 15 years. After enrolling in New York University's film studies program at 17, De Luca dropped out four credits shy of graduation to take an unpaid internship at New Line Cinema. He advanced quickly there under the tutelage of founder Robert Shaye and eventually became president of production. The Mask (1994), Se7en (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), Dark City (1998), Pleasantville (1998), and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) were all released under his supervision. In 2003, De Luca left New Line to become president of production at DreamWorks. After a brief tenure there, he left and signed a deal with Sony Pictures, where he produced Zathura (2005) and Ghost Rider (2006). A writer as well, De Luca wrote the screenplays for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and In the Mouth of Madness (1994).
Behind the scenes: don't miss more screenwriter interviews from Mike De Luca.
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