February 15, 2004 |
To: Michael Eisner Re: The art of war When I was a young screenwriter and you were the head of Paramount, you told me that you'd always wanted to be a writer, that you'd even lived in a smelly garret in Paris writing plays -- one of which, I will never forget, was called "To Metastasize a River." The script I was then writing, it seems obvious to me now, launched both of our careers.
September 6, 1996 |
Standing in the film-set doorway of a chic hotel room, Nastassja Kinski is trying to decide how to say goodbye to a handsome stranger. "I feel like I'm thinking two different things," the actress purrs softly to director Mike Figgis. "I want to send him away, but I also want to. . . ." She stretches out her arm longingly, as if trying to touch something that's just out of reach.
July 18, 2000 |
For more than two years, no one in Hollywood really knew what had become of Joe Eszterhas. With his trademark biker look--the shoulder-length hair and Grizzly Adams beard--he had risen in the decade between 1985 and 1995 to become Hollywood's hottest screenwriter with his recurring themes of eroticized violence evident in such steamy thrillers as "Jagged Edge," "Basic Instinct," "Sliver" and "Jade."
June 15, 1996 |
Ed Wood was just the beginning. If screenwriter Joe Eszterhas gets his way, moviegoers will be treated to the misadventures of yet another legendary awful Hollywood director. Hollywood has been laughing at itself all week as a spec script by one of the industry's highest-paid writers has been making its way around town.
October 30, 1989 |
Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has finished cleaning up the damage at his San Rafael home after this month's 7.1 Northern California earthquake. But more than 500 miles to the south, aftershocks are still shaking Hollywood over the letter--the one Eszterhas sent to Michael Ovitz Oct. 3, accusing the Creative Artists Agency president of threatening Eszterhas' career after he told Ovitz he was leaving the agency.
April 29, 1991 |
Filming the sexual murder thriller "Basic Instinct" in this city is turning into your basic nightmare. At every turn, Carolco Pictures seems to be running into difficulty with protesters, city officials and vandalism. Even the film's star Michael Douglas has had his bad moments.
February 8, 2004 |
Joe ESZTERHAS writes in short, punchy paragraphs. Like this one. He wants us to know, at the outset, that the movies he wrote -- among them "Flashdance," "Jagged Edge" and "Basic Instinct" -- altogether grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide. He wants us to know that he was paid $4.7 million for a script and that other sales approached that figure. He wants us to know that, by and large, they were done his way -- without the studio or the director imposing a lot of changes on his work.
July 7, 1990
In reference to Chris Willman's July 4 article about director Renny Harlin ("Renny Harlin Finds Plenty of Action in Hollywood"): Let's give credit where credit is due. (The coming movie) "Gale Force" is an original screenplay written not by me but by David Chappe. It is the product of Mr. Chappe's imagination and creativity.