I wrote the screenplay for This Is Where I Leave You—all 40 drafts of it.
The story began its life as a screenplay for a 1966 film staring Sophia Loren.
But he was also an excellent playwright and screenplay writer and script doctor.
After reading the first 10 pages of the 121-page screenplay, I had made my decision.
In 2007 and 2008, I spent hundreds of hours interviewing him for a screenplay that never came to fruition.
The Canyons, a Kickstarter-funded film directed by Paul Schrader from a screenplay by Bret Easton Ellis, got a pretty bad rap.
If anyone pitched this as a screenplay, no one would have bought it.
There are two trailers for The Master out right now and one of them is straight out of this screenplay and the other is not.
He sort of taught me how to go about writing a screenplay and held my hand through it.
His screenplay for the film version of Moby Dick, for instance, is pretty much DOA.