The Moment

Scott Rosenberg on Finding His Voice and the Hollywood Machine

The veteran screenwriter talks about the original version of Gone in 60 Seconds and what was lost in the machine.

Scott Rosenberg
Scott Rosenberg

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This week on the Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Scott Rosenberg, the writer best known for his movies Things to Do in Denver When You’re DeadBeautiful Girls, and Con Air. The two discuss the impact of Scott’s father passing away, creating languages in movies, and the themes that run through many of his films. Plus, Scott talks about how the Hollywood machine turned Gone in 60 Seconds into a different movie and why the true emotion of his screenplays have rarely (if ever) been captured on screen.


Topics mentioned:
Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead
Beautiful Girls
Con Air
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Boston University
University of Southern California
The Moment with Tony Gilroy on Oct. 28, 2014
Sunset Boulevard
The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
October Road
A Clockwork Orange
House of Games
Marathon Man
Lethal Weapon
Leaving Las Vegas
Electra Glide in Blue
The Wanderers by Richard Price
Ladies’ Man by Richard Price
Magnum Force
The Longest Yard
The Deer Hunter
Solitary Man
Grosse Pointe Blank
Disturbing Behavior
Kangaroo Jack


People mentioned:
Gary Fleder
Leslie Epstein
Joel Silver
Mike De Luca
Quentin Tarantino
Harvey Weinstein
Shane Black
Jon Favreau
Steve Gaghan
Peter Berg
William Goldman
Stephen King
Salman Rushdie
Donald Westlake
Donna Langley
Dennis Lehane
Bruce Springsteen
Vin Diesel
James Patterson
Ted Demme

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