The rank stench of that ludicrous French farce of the '50s, Auteurism , once again befouls the air of Hollywood.
Despite the fact various directors and actors admired Barry Morrow's original "Rainman" script (Outtakes, by Leonard Klady, Jan. 31), they still felt compelled, with clumsy, meddling mitts, to manhandle it.
Few bad scripts need five different rewrites with five different writers, let alone a good one.
When will these frustrated creators realize that they are not "shapers" of material, merely "interpreters." Their function is, has been, always will be, to serve the vision of the script , not pollute and pervert it to the whimsy of their own egos.
I've personally taken to combatting this cavalier dismissal of the writer's importance (and the inevitable masturbatory waste of time and money which ensues) by refusing to do rewrites on other writers' scripts.