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Old 05-13-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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I found this interesting -- wanting more involvement in decision-making/creative/development aspects is something any writer would want. Max seems to be getting that, at least in part. How much of this do you think will trickle down through the industry to other writers, though? If any?

http://deadline.com/2016/05/max-land...or-1201752631/
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:11 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. Very interesting, what he's up to. But I found the comments thread beneath the article equally interesting, with many different perspectives given.
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:40 PM   #3
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I love this guy personally. Its nice to have what I would call a scrreenwriter assassin. He attacks the industry, he makes money in the industry. It's refreshing to have him make fun of big movies, then sell big movies. I don't know, seems good for all writers to me. Why should only actors and directors be egomanics? Writers rise!!!!
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:22 PM   #4
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I like the fact that he's calling out the industry's treatment of writers; but then again, with his last name and his spec-selling history he's in a strong position to do that, unlike most writers.

I'm not a big fan of his attacking other movies. It's hard to take you seriously as a critic when all four of the last movies you wrote (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein, Mr. Right, Me Him Her) bombed. There's a distinct scent of bitterness there. He can blame it on director or studio choices as much as he wants; at a certain level people just didn't connect with his stories.

He does seem to be on a bit of a streak now, so more power to him.
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Old 05-15-2016, 02:29 PM   #5
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I'm not a big fan of his attacking other movies. It's hard to take you seriously as a critic when all four of the last movies you wrote (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein, Mr. Right, Me Him Her) bombed.
The article seemed to imply that his success was based on him writing specs not assignments -- as if no other writers were doing that before Max Landis. But tons of specs are written all the time. Is it the name? Not even his (semi-famous) last name -- but because he's so outspoken and willing to put himself out there (good or bad) that he has a recognizable name/face/presence? Like a Sorkin? Or does his team just push the crap out of everything he does? And if it's his team, man a lot of reps have a lot to answer for as better scripts (than some of those mentioned above) rot on the vine.
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Old 05-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #6
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I respect people who stand up for what they believe in.

He sees a problem with the industry and has the power to bring attention to it. And in the process maybe he will help others.

Good for him.
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Old 05-15-2016, 03:02 PM   #7
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The article seemed to imply that his success was based on him writing specs not assignments -- as if no other writers were doing that before Max Landis. But tons of specs are written all the time. Is it the name? Not even his (semi-famous) last name -- but because he's so outspoken and willing to put himself out there (good or bad) that he has a recognizable name/face/presence? Like a Sorkin? Or does his team just push the crap out of everything he does? And if it's his team, man a lot of reps have a lot to answer for as better scripts (than some of those mentioned above) rot on the vine.
Well, I guess the fact that he's so outspoken has made him semi-famous himself. And this has probably helped him get extra attention to some extent as a writer (as he theorized in that infamous Reddit post). After all, there are other children of famous people who haven't been able to achieve his level of screenwriting success. Of course he has enough talent to back it up, but a little bit of notoriety never hurts.
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Old 05-16-2016, 04:36 AM   #8
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Is it the name? Not even his (semi-famous) last name -- but because he's so outspoken and willing to put himself out there (good or bad) that he has a recognizable name/face/presence? Like a Sorkin? Or does his team just push the crap out of everything he does? And if it's his team, man a lot of reps have a lot to answer for as better scripts (than some of those mentioned above) rot on the vine.
I think you're spot on. If you have a big name / big reps, people will buy anything from you, good or average. Look at all the unproduced scripts they bought from Snyder. I mean, do you really think if one of us wrote the exact script for BRIGHT we would get in a bidding war for $3.5 million? We would be lucky to get a lollipop.

It's just how Hollywood works. Big name = big money.
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:49 PM   #9
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I'm in the *snake NOT eating it's tail* camp. Any writers out there pulling down big paychecks and rattling the cage for writers is a good thing. Rock on, Max
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:20 PM   #10
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Max Landis just rubs me the wrong way. He's an ADHD kid spouting off stuff that other people did better twenty years go in comics and indie films and acting like he reinvented the wheel.

In one podcast, I heard him say that he wouldn't want to say what he would have done on Fantastic Four because didn't want to be disrespectful to Josh Trank, and then ten minutes later, he spells out how he would have done Fantastic Four. (Which sounded horrible).

When Max Landis talks about a "fresh new take" it's almost always some knee-jerk reaction to an IP that completely forgets what makes the concept compelling in the first place.

And he wouldn't be anywhere without his last name.
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