Imagine you are in a film school and have an idea for a movie so you want to hire a screenwriter from Hollywood to write your movie. You have always dreamed of directing a film and premièring in the Sundance festival. Which Hollywood screenwriter would you pick?
We have compiled a list of 4 Hollywood screenwriters who we would avoid and why. Although these screenwriters are popular and accomplished, each has their own idiosyncrasies or over the top qualities that make them the wrong fit for your film.
1. Kevin Smith
To the innumerable mob of followers, Kevin Smith is known and loved for his matchless style of lowbrow humor, bathroom jokes and obsession with comic books. Perhaps he is so popular because so many teenage boys can relate to him, pot heads feel validated by his films, or no deep thinking is needed to have a laugh at one of his movies. There is something to be said for making things very simple and easy to access, it is a formula that works.
But, unless your dream film involves cheesy, try-hard antics and copious sex jokes, perhaps you should pass on Smith as your Hollywood dream screenwriter.
2. David Lynch
David Lynch has a trademark style that is all his own. He is a great screenwriter, but having him write your screenplay would be like taking Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and passing it off on your own. Lynch has a great style, it’s just that it belongs to him alone. His technique involves mystery, oddities and at times, an element of the psychopath. His films and shows sometimes contain open endings leaving the viewer free to make their own interpretations.
3. Quentin Tarantino
Trarantino films leave us feeling disturbed, entertained, thoughtful and nostalgic all at the same time. Tarantino films often indulge in and glorify graphic violence that distracts from the film. The brutality leaves an impression, but, it is not favorable. Despite that Tarantino has another trademark quality. The dialog between characters in his films is hypnotizing. He makes the most banal subject read like poetry. It really is magic. But very few people can make this type of dialog work, so its best left to Tarantino.
4. Slavoj Žižek
Žižek is a psychoanalytic philosopher, Marxist, critic of capitalism and neoliberalism, political radical and a film critic to name a few of the hats he wears. His views philosophy and beliefs are all over the place. While he is expressive and charismatic, his talk and ideas can be incoherent leaving the viewer, or reader overwhelmed. He utter opinions about psychological traits of films without offering references, and he descends into monologues without trying to be understood, and invents symbolism where none actually exists. You might look for a more coherent screenwriter if you want your movie to be well received.
So, let us know what you think. Which Hollywood screenwriter would you choose, or pass on, and why?