It’s another brand new Film Stories podcast! This week, Simon takes a look back at Rian Johnson’s Knives Out (2019) and About A Boy (2002).
This time in the Film Stories podcast, the fast turnaround of the first Knives Out movie, and a Hugh Grant-headlined comedy drama, where Four Weddings Hugh Grant was absolutely not required.
Writer/director Rian Johnson has admitted in the past that he’s not a fast writer. However, when an opportunity arose to bring a murder mystery whodunnit to the screen – long a passion project of Johnson’s – he was going to have to move fast. Thanks to his Star Wars commitments, he and producer Ram Bergman had a 12 month window to write Knives Out, cast it, finance it, and shoot it. All in one calendar year.
2002’s About A Boy didn’t move quite that quickly, but this time the catalyst was a novel from Nick Hornby that got leaked to Hollywood early. A big bidding war led to a big cheque for the rights – but there’d be a change of director, a brief flirtation with Brad Pitt and a change of studio before it ultimately got made.
Stories of both films are told in this episode.
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