Tales from the Script Documentary Featuring John Carpenter, Frank Darabont and More!


If you’re a fan of movies, you can’t help but love hearing the crazy behind-the-scenes stories of what goes into the making of a major Hollywood film — the unfortunate thing is that a lot of the best stories go unheard, because no one wants to publicly bad mouth anyone or burn bridges in the industry. Well, somehow Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman managed to get an impressive line-up of highly respected folks to sit down and talk about their experiences, specifically related to the topic of screenwriting. The result is the documentary and accompanying non-fiction book Tales from the Script.

I have to admit, it was names like John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, and Paul Schrader that initially attracted my attention, but after watching the trailer for the film, every single one of these interviews seems compelling. The movie clearly delves into the fact that screenwriters are the unsung heroes of Hollywood, and that they must endure constant abuse in order to get their stories out there in some way, shape or form. Tales from the Script premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this year; hopefully the rest of us will get a chance to see it soon. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Originally posted on The Documentary Blog.

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  • i want to see this now!!!

  • AdamH

    Same! But I’ve never seen him, is that J.C?

  • 1138

    Man that is so cool! I will definitely see this!

  • Yeah, that is John Carpenter. Movie looks interesting, but it also doesn’t stand a chance in hell of being picked up. Hopefully they choose to self-distribute.

  • Matt

    Looks like an interesting documentary. I’ll be checking it out.

  • AdamH

    I meant Jay Cheel :P

  • My bad. I always get JC and Vic confused.

  • Fatbologna

    Yeah, this looks pretty damn cool and infinitely interesting. After reading Joe Eszterhaus’ book on screenwriting and what it’s like to deal with the wily Hollywood folk it IS pretty apparent that they’re the most trodden folk in the biz (besides the PAs of course!). I LOVE me some Carpenter and could easily listen to the man talk for HOURS(unfortunately he’s lookin’ even sicklier than usual)!

    This looks like yet another case fore the creative minds behind film against the execs who constantly marginalize and bastardize their art for the sake of profit. It’s actually pretty depressing to hear about so many scripts that start out amazing before being passed on to 5-10 other writers to rewrite into the ground.

    count me VERY interested!