Tue, 9 April 2019
First Draft Episode #184: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the TV and screenwriting duo behind Smallville and Into the Badlands, join Sarah to talk about their debut thriller, Double Exposure. The guys talk about how, even after writing and/or producing more than 300 hours of television and movies, they are still engaged in learning and improving their craft; getting on the superhero train WAY before the MCU; and delivering a satisfying ending in books.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
- Bugs, a BBC One TV show created by UK-based Carnival Films (Agatha Christie’s Poirot; Downton Abbey; many others) for which Al and Miles wrote two episodes
- The Hardy Boys series of children’s mysteries created by Edward Stratemeyer (who also created Nancy Drew) and written by ghostwriters under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon
- The Peter Stark Producer program at USC, where Alfred and Miles met and learned all aspects of the film industry
- Laura Ziskin, producer of No Way Out, and Pretty Woman, who was an influential teacher at the USC film production program to Al and Miles
- William Goldman, an author (Adventures in the Screen Trade, The Princess Bride, many, many others) and screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; All the President’s Men, among many others) renowned for writing scripts that entertained the reader -- a trend followed by screenwriters Shane Black (Lethal Weapon; The Last Boy Scout) and Joe Eszterhas (Flashdance; Basic Instinct)
- John August, Al and Miles’ classmate at USC and screenwriter of Big Fish, Frankenweenie, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as author of the Arlo Finch middle grade series (listen to his First Draft interview here)
- Mango, the spec script that Al and Miles sold right out of film school
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the movie that made Al and Miles’ spec script a hot commodity out of film school
- Scriptnotes, the podcast co-hosted by John August and fellow screenwriter Craig Mazin, which is a worthy companion podcast to any writers who enjoy First Draft!
- X-Men, the 2000 movie that helped bring about the superhero resurgence on film and TV
- Christopher Nolan, the writer and director who rebranded Batman in the well-regarded Dark Knight trilogy of films
- Spider-Man II, Al and Miles’ take on Spider-Man, which was a little more serious than the Spider-Man we know today
- Jenette Kahn, executive, publisher, editor-in-chief of DC Comics when Al and Miles created their spin on the Superman universe with Smallville
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-- posted at: 9:58am PDT