Doug Liman (Go, Bourne Identity) is directing a new film called Jumper. As you know, I normally like to credit the writer above the director but in this case I think Doug has been a bit choppy in requesting rewrites and in fact 3 writers are credited. Not sure why you need all those guys as it's an adaptation from a novel by Steven Gould anyway. The film itself is about people jumping about in space and time and other people who try and stop them - blah, blah.
That aside, Doug said some interesting things about story in this month's Empire that chimed with the 'maverick writer' within me.
Why does the person you're following have to the hero? Actually in my conversations with Fox there's a scene we've been debating where Sam Jackson's character has a very sympathetic moment with a kid. The usual reaction is 'He's the villain of the movie so you can't show him having cotton candy with a kid'. There are two sides to every story.
The odd thing about this quote is that for script writers it throws up a debate about the difference between a protagonist and a hero. But 'real' people just read it and say 'dur - well, obviously'.
Sometimes as writers we know too much. It's okay to go with common sense and feelings sometimes you know!
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