Monster: Living Off the Big Screen (Paperback)

Monster: Living Off the Big Screen (Paperback)

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In Hollywood, screenwriters are a curse to be borne, and beating up on them is an industry blood sport. But in this ferociously funny and accurate account of life on the Hollywood food chain, it's a screenwriter who gets the last murderous laugh.

That may be because the writer is John Gregory Dunne, who has written screenplays, along with novels and non-fiction, for thirty years. In 1988 Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, were asked to write a screenplay about the dark and complicated life of the late TV anchorwoman Jessica Savitch. Eight years and twenty-seven drafts later, this script was made into the fairy tale Up Close and Personal starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Detailing the meetings, rewrites, fights, firings, and distractions attendant to the making of a single picture, Monster illuminates the process with sagacity and raucous wit.


...Monster offers a crash course in getting a script through the hazards of the present-day studio system. -- The New York Times Book Review, Larry Gelbart
  • Publisher : Vintage; Vintage Books edition (March 17, 1998)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches