Out Of My Vulcan Mind wrote:
Captain Craig wrote:
The guy who wrote the screenplay for Reynolds Green Lantern?
Great, proof you can fail upwards yet again.
He also wrote Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
and co-wrote Peter Pan
. Should Hollywood be one strike and you're out, even when you've had previous success? David Goyer and Joss Whedon wouldn't have been available to work on Batman Begins
and The Avengers
if that was the case.
Damn right. It is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the writer in the Hollywood feature film industry to assume that the credited screenwriter is solely or even primarily responsible for the final content of a movie. It's much more of a committee-driven process, with lots of different people (some writers, some not) contributing content and often competing with each other, and who actually gets credit often has more to do with politics and arbitrary rules than the actual level of contribution. Not to mention that there's no mechanism in place for safeguarding a screenwriter's script against wholesale alteration by directors, editors, improvising actors, etc.
You can see that in Joss Whedon's own history. He got sole screenplay credit for the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer
feature, but what ended up on screen was a corrupted travesty of what he actually wrote. Conversely, Graham Yost got sole script credit for Speed
even though script doctor Whedon wrote virtually every line of dialogue in the entire film (with just the plot structure being Yost's).