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About a Boy: The Shooting Scriptby Peter Hedges and Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz
Received two Golden Globe® nominations, including Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) and Best Actor (Hugh Grant)
Synopses & Reviews
"The biggest change from book to script that readers [of the novel by Nick Hornby] will notice is the ending," write the Weitzs (Antz, American Pie) in the introduction to their scriptbook about the movie based on the popular British novel.
Terminally single and ecstatically child-free, Will, a trendy, 38-year-old Londoner, spends his days buying new CDs, shopping for designer clothes, and worrying about his Audi Coupe and up-to-the-second hairstyle. Nights, whenever possible, are devoted to beautiful women. Thanks to a ubiquitous Christmas standard written by his dad and recorded by everyone from Elvis to the Muppets, Will doesn't have to work like the rest of the world. The royalties rolling in have enabled him to make a profession — an art, really — out of avoiding responsibility.
A no-strings fling with a single mom turns on the proverbial light bulb over his head: maybe a good place to meet women would be single-parent support groups. And so, posing as a single dad with a fictitious two-year-old, he joins S.P.A.T. — Single Parents, Alone Together. Well on his way to charming a single mom named Suzie, he inadvertently bonds with a 12-year-old misfit named Marcus, the latchkey son of Suzie's best friend. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.
Based on Nick Hornby's bestselling British novel, About a Boy is a comedy drama starring Hugh Grant as Will. Directed by Paul Weitz & Chris Weitz (American Pie), About a Boy also stars Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Shaft), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy Returns, The Shape of Things), and Nicholas Hoult.
In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script® series format, the book contains a facsimile of the shooting script by Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, an introduction by Chris and Paul Weitz, stills from the film, production notes, and full cast and crew credits.
"The script (by Peter Hedges and directors Chris and Paul Weitz) does a phenomenal job of weaving narration in and out of dialogue. Students of screenwriting should study this hard." David Edelstein, Slate.com
"Beautifully written and directed and packed with excellent performances." Mark Adams, Hollywood Reporter
"This movie isn't just great to watch, it's great for the ears to savor." Desson Howe, The Washington Post
"Adapted from Nick Hornby's acerbic and keenly observed novel about an unlikely friendship between a fatherless boy and a self-absorbed cad, About a Boy is that rare film that's as clever and moving as the book on which it was based....About a Boy captures the mood and feel of the book, while adhering closely to the story." Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Directing brothers Chris and Paul Weitz, who gave us American Pie, are adept at translating the literate comedy of Hornby's novel to the screen. The script — written by the Weitzes and Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) — retains Hornby's rhythms and humor, primarily through dueling voiceovers by Will and Marcus." Sean P. Means, Salt Lake City Tribune
New in the acclaimed series—the new film starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity). Coming from Universal Pictures in April 2002, produced by Tribeca Productions and Working Title Films. Based on Nick Hornby's popular novel, About A Boy is a comedy-drama starring Hugh Grant as Will, a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up. The cast also includes Toni Collette (Sixth Sense, Shaft), Rachel Weisz (The Mummy Returns, Sunshine), and Nicholas Hoult. 20 b/w photos.
About the Author
Peter Hedges is the author of the novels What's Eating Gilbert Grape and An Ocean in Iowa. His screenplay adaptations include What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Jane Hamilton's A Map of the World, which starred Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore. He is making his directorial debut with his original screenplay, Pieces of April, which stars Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, and Patricia Clarkson. Hedges lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York.
Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz co-directed the blockbuster hit American Pie and Down To Earth starring Chris Rock. Previously, the filmmaking brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline, based on the popular children's book, and they contributed to the writing of Shanghai Noon and The Nutty Professor 2. Chris made his acting debut in Miguel Arteta's Chuck and Buck.
Born in New York, the brothers are third-generation filmmakers. Their grandfather was fabled agent Paul Kohner, who represented legendary filmmakers such as John Huston, Billy Wilder, and Ingmar Bergman, and their parents are fashion designer/writer John Weitz and Oscar®-nominated actress Susan Kohner.
Paul Weitz graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in film. In his last year there, his play Mango Tea was produced off-Broadway with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow by New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre. EST also produced his next works, Captive and All for One.
Chris Weitz earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature at Britain's Cambridge University. He went on to work as a journalist for several newspapers in the U.K. and U.S. before starting to work in film with his brother.
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