“Does the reader want to turn to the next page?” This is the question screenwriter Leslie Dixon asks herself when she sits down to write a script. If you can do that, she says, you’ll be a success. And, Dixon has had more than her fair share of success. She’s written some of the most memorable, heart-warming comedies of the past 20 years — Mrs. Doubtfire, The Heartbreak Kid, Freaky Friday, Hairspray, Just Like Heaven, Overboard and Outrageous Fortune, to name a few. Her latest film takes a turn in genre and plot. The “passion project,” as she calls it, is the action-thriller Limitless. It’s about a down-and-out writer who takes a pill to make himself infinitely smarter than he could have ever imagined. It stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Script sat down with powerhouse screenwriter to find out how she tackled a script with endless possibilities.
Trailer for Limitless: