Development Hell by Brad Schreiber

Development Hell is a column that defies description, though not comprehension. It is an amalgam of articles on craft, essays on the writing life, TV or film reviews and in general, an exploration of issues that affect screenwriters, be it helpful advice, analysis of the marketplace, anecdotes about development or production and the like.


Development Hell: Taken Right from ‘The Wire’

“We were more interested in the idea of systemic problems, not the idea that if you get rid of one bad cop, or if somebody has their appropriate emotional catharsis, all will be well.” –David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, from The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall === Brian is one of...

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Development Hell: Where Will It All End?

While no one can cite who first observed it, it is still taken as a cardinal rule, a truism, an inviolable law of screenwriting: People will forgive a few missteps in the beginning of a script if the rest of it works. But no one will forgive a faulty ending. And why should we?...


Development Hell: Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick’s Right-Hand Man

In Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon, Lord Bullingdon is the titular character’s stepson. He is played by Leon Vitali, who would ironically become enmeshed with Kubrick’s career and personal life, including the films The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick’s atypically paternal interest in Vitali led the latter to serve as...