Posts tagged ‘Shane Black’

May 15, 2013

10 Things Every Writer Can Learn from Iron Man 3

Iron-Man-4T.J. Barnard of WhatCulture! has written another great “10 Lessons” article. This one is about Iron Man 3, which was penned by the infamously well-paid Shane Black. Here’s a snippet of what Barnard has to say:

Iron Man 3 probably wasn’t the movie people were expecting, though: in an age where movie-goers are willing to embrace the idea of a serious and (at times) terribly bombastic Batman, you might have expected Marvel to poise one of their most popular superheroes similarly. Not so: Iron Man 3 emerged as one of the silliest superhero movies for a long time, and – for once – I mean that as a genuine compliment.

In the build-up to the release of Marvel 7th installment in its Cinematic Universe, the marketing department seemed intent on pushing this chapter as a darker, more existential outing – we were given a few glimpses of Tony taking a beating and dragging his broken armour through a bleak, snowing terrain. And yet Iron Man 3 is certainly the funniest Marvel movie yet, a sequel willing to embrace and subvert its comic book origins at once. And it’s a blockbuster in every sense of the word. As for the angst? Not so much. Dark Knight Rises it ain’t.

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July 13, 2012

Script: The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Long Kiss Goodnight was Shane Black‘s record-breaking script sale. The script sold for a cool $4 million, still the record for a spec sale.

July 10, 2012

Script: Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon was the first script sale of the infamous Shane Black.

October 27, 2011

Screenwriter Profile: Shane Black

Every screenwriter should read scripts, watch movies, write, write, rewrite, and write.

But there’s an often overlooked task that up-and-coming screenwriters should add to that to-do list: Learn about other screenwriters. Knowing who the players are, who the legends are, who wrote your favorite films, who has had the most commercial success — it’s all valuable information that will help us writers move forward in our own careers.

So let’s start this series off with one of the fathers of the action genre, Shane Black.

The Writer:

Shane Black is known for his sparse writing style and his prowess in the action/adventure genre. He sold the script for Lethal Weapon in 1987 at the age of 22. Black holds the record for the largest sum paid for a spec script — $4 million for The Long Kiss Goodnight.

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