by Tavis, May 30, 2005 3:29 PM
"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman has given us these three simple words to sum up the backroom chatter and deal making that goes on between studio executives trying to figure out why one movie becomes a hit and another tanks. Of course there is no solution, or else many a screenwriter would be out of business. With humbleness, wit, and sarcasm, Goldman gives us an unusual glimpse into the craft of screenwriting. Both of these volumes offer up a wildly incisive look at the writing process for the major studios as well as a cautionary tale for those foolish enough to want to take a stab at screenwriting. Adventures in the Screen Trade also contains the full script of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, while Which Lie Did I Tell? boasts an unproduced original screenplay called The Big A, which rumors say Robert Rodriguez used as a template for his Spy Kids films.