How to make $250,000 a week

By doctoring scripts for Tom Cruise, according to Variety. Generally “script doctoring” (a term that nobody who actually does the job ever uses) is kept tightly under wraps, but some of the better known examples of writers brought in to develop existing scripts are:

  • Frank Darabont: Minority ReportSaving Private Ryan
  • Carrie Fisher: Hook (Julia Roberts’ dialogue), Lethal Weapon 3 (Rene Russo’s dialogue), Made In AmericaMy Girl 2The River WildLove Affair
  • Scott Frank: Saving Private RyanDawn Of The Dead
  • William Goldman: A Fish Called WandaTwinsChaplinLast Action HeroMaliceFierce Creatures
  • David O. Russell: Stuart Little (do you think this got him the job?)
  • John Sayles: The FugitiveApollo 13Mimic
  • Aaron Sorkin: Enemy of the StateBulworthThe RockExcess Baggage and Schindler’s List
  • Tom Stoppard: Sleepy HollowK-19: The WidowmakerStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Quentin Tarantino: Past MidnightIt’s PatCrimson Tide (Star TrekThe Enemy Below, and Silver Surfer references), The RockHostel

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