The Smoking Gun: True Tales From Hollywood's Screenwriting Trenches
What do you know, really?
Sure. Having enough talent to act, direct, or write a screenplay is one set of skills. But navigating both the main streets and back alleys of Hollywood cannot be done with GPS. Ride shotgun with screenwriting and producing veteran Doug Richardson as he skillfully - yet so amusingly - lives, dies, survives, and thrives in the entertainment trenches.
The Smoking Gun is more than a collection of true Hollywood stories, box office success and jaw-dropping failures. It’s a guided tour behind the curtain of an industry that is equal parts bright lights, backstabbing, and double-dealing. Buckle up, step into your steel jockstrap, and get ready to do battle in the carnival funhouse otherwise known as showbiz.
“Doug Richardson is a terrific screenwriter, but he may be even better at writing about the screenwriter's life. Anyone interested in a peek behind the curtain of our masochistic art form must buy this book. You will learn about the crazy entertainment business while being wildly entertained.” - Amy Holden Jones, writer-producer-director: Indecent Proposal, Black Box
“Doug Richardson has more insight into screenwriting and what it takes to be successful than YOU do—and he's entertaining as hell. Buy his book and you will get a masterclass in Hollywood... from a top writer's perspective.” - Lucas Foster, producer: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Man on Fire
“Doug Richardson is a rare Hollywood A-lister—supremely talented, knows how to navigate the system with aplomb, and yet isn't afraid of calling people out on their BS, no matter how powerful (they think) they are. His stories are not only brilliantly funny, but as someone who has witnessed some of them first hand, they are 1000% true. No kidding.” - Alex Young former Production president of Twentieth Century Fox and producer: Unstoppable, The A-Team
“A compulsively readable collection of true tales by a sane and grounded screenwriter weathering the rough waters of crazy Tinseltown.” - Lexi Alexander, director: Green Street Hooligans, The Punisher: War Zone
“Doug Richardson writes what we think better than we think it. Constantly surprising, Doug knows how to amuse and abuse. Few writers make you turn the page quicker." - Hal Lieberman, former president of Universal Pictures and producer: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Bridge to Terabithia
“Working with Doug was one of the great pleasures of my movie-making career. He’s a fantastic writer with great ideas to elevate from genre with fantastic characters and theme. He ain't no hack.” - Navid McIlhargey, Producer: RocknRolla, The Hunter’s Prayer, The Feud
- Date available: 12/01/2015
- Publication date: 11/16/2015
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Meet the Author: Doug Richardson
After finishing college, Doug Richardson signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989, he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug's first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS and, most recently, HOSTAGE. To date, Doug's features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide.
Doug has written six novels to date: DARK HORSE, TRUE BELIEVERS, THE SAFETY EXPERT, BLOOD MONEY, 99 PERCENT KILL and REAPER.