The 21st Rewrite Podcast
Amélie (2001)

Amélie (2001)

September 16, 2019

For this episode, William and Alan brushed off their French dictionaries in order to read the screenplay to Amélie, written by Jean-Pierre Jeaunet and Guillaume Laurant. A classic that has come to define the identity of French cinema for audiences in the rest of the world, it is a vibrant tale of a young woman facing her first steps into adulthood, a realm filled with the dangers of love, pain, grief and risk. A memorable cast of characters and some magical elements combine to create an unforgettable and touching story.

 

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The 21st Recap - Year-In-Review and Awards

The 21st Recap - Year-In-Review and Awards

September 2, 2019

We celebrate our 21st episode with ‘The 21st Recap’! This episode is the perfect introduction to new listeners, for those who are unsure where to start with the podcast, you can hear a summary of our episodes which may help guide you to which ones you may want to listen to first. For our long-time fans, we also present the first round of ‘Rewrite’ awards, with every screenplay up for nomination. At the end, we also reflect on the experience of starting this project and what it has meant to William and Alan. Enjoy this look back at a year of hard work, approximately 2500 pages of feature screenplays read, memories from our favorite episodes and some thoughts on the wonderful experiences we had with our first guests on the show.

Skip ahead to approx. 1h20m to hear the awards if you don't want to hear the recaps.

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Long Shot (2019)  - Screenplay by Dan Sterling & Liz Hannah - Writing a Movie - Review

Long Shot (2019) - Screenplay by Dan Sterling & Liz Hannah - Writing a Movie - Review

August 19, 2019

With all that’s been happening over the last eight years, what do you think might happen to a romantic/political comedy that was written while it was still Obama’s first term in office? In this episode of The 21st Rewrite, we review the development of Dan Sterling’s 2011 screenplay ‘Flarsky’ into the 2019 film 'Long Shot', co-written by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah and starring Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron.

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Never Let Me Go (2010) - Screenplay by Alex Garland - Writing a Movie - Review

Never Let Me Go (2010) - Screenplay by Alex Garland - Writing a Movie - Review

August 5, 2019

It would always be difficult to adapt Kazuo Ishiguro's phenomenal novel 'Never Let Me Go' for the screen, but Alex Garland was uniquely well set up for the challenge. In this episode of The 21st Rewrite, we digest the profound impact that the novel had on us as readers, give our thoughts on which parts of the screenplay worked brilliantly and which could have been improved, and start to explore the key themes of this exceptional coming-of-age story and dystopian romance.

 

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Watchmen (2009) - Screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse - Writing a Movie - Review

Watchmen (2009) - Screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse - Writing a Movie - Review

July 22, 2019

In honour of San Diego’s 50th annual Comic-Con, William and Alan decided to look back at the 2009 film ‘Watchmen’, a very unique take on the superhero genre, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and adapted for the screen by David Hayter and Alex Tse. They consider this adaptation in detail, with particular focus on the primary characters and themes of the original story. They also contemplate the particularities of adapting visual medium such as comics, and how it is not as straightforward as treating the original work as a ‘storyboard’.

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Moneyball (2011) - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin - Writing a Movie - Review

Moneyball (2011) - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin - Writing a Movie - Review

July 8, 2019

Baseball writer Aidan Jackson-Evans joins us this week to discuss the book and screenplay for ‘Moneyball’. Just how accurate is this seemingly-true tale of the manager who learned how to gain a competitive edge through a manipulation of statistics to discover undervalued players? We learn about the real life of Billy Beane, just how outdated ‘Moneyball’ tactics already are in modern baseball, and consider if there is even a ‘best’ way for a screenwriter to try to tell this story at all.

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Toy Story 3 (2010) - Screenplay by Michael Ardnt - Writing a Movie - Review

Toy Story 3 (2010) - Screenplay by Michael Ardnt - Writing a Movie - Review

June 24, 2019

Does anyone really envy the screenwriter who has to tackle a third film in a franchise? Toy Story 3 is a remarkable achievement, and it is likely because it managed to frame itself as the concluding chapter in the saga of Andy’s relationship with his childhood toys. We take a laid-back but detailed look at the story, characters and themes of the screenplay - on the week that the next installment, Toy Story 4, was released.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman - Writing a Movie - Review

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman - Writing a Movie - Review

June 10, 2019

One of the most original, daring and emotionally compelling screenplays of the 21st century, Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ wowed audiences upon the films release in 2004. In this week’s episode, we track the progression of the story from concept, to first draft, to the final shooting script and the final changes made in the editing room.

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First Man (2018) - Screenplay by Josh Singer - Writing a Movie - Review

First Man (2018) - Screenplay by Josh Singer - Writing a Movie - Review

May 27, 2019

We conclude our series on the films of Damien Chazelle with ‘First Man’, written by Josh Singer. One of the most accurately-researched biopic screenplays, ‘First Man’ captures the essence of Neil Armstrong’s life, highlighting his struggle to overcome the death of his infant daughter and how that marked his character even as the years passed, and he steadily persevered at his career until ultimately becoming the first human being to walk on the lunar surface.

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La La Land (2016) - Screenplay by Damien Chazelle - Writing a Movie - Review

La La Land (2016) - Screenplay by Damien Chazelle - Writing a Movie - Review

May 13, 2019

In the second part of our series on the films of Damien Chazelle, we look at the evolution of the screenplay for La La Land, from its conception as a long-shot musical to the huge hit starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that it became. It’s truly a story for the ones who dream. We talk about the key changes that were made to Mia and Sebastian’s storylines, as well as the dialogue and the surprising difference in length for a musical screenplay that by necessity encourages a writer to make sure that every scene counts.

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