With his writing partner Scott Alexander, this clever, sometimes subversive screenwriter has risen above two early flops to pen two of the more successful and controversial biopics of the 1990s. A fan...
South Bend, Indiana, USA
|Man on the Moon||1999||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|That Darn Cat||1997||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Problem Child 2||1991||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|The People vs. Larry Flynt||1996||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Problem Child 3: Junior in Love||1994 1993 - 1994||Characters as Source Material||n/a||1|
|Agent Cody Banks||2003||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Problem Child 2||1991||Characters as Source Material||n/a||1|
|Problem Child 3: Junior in Love||1994 1993 - 1994||Executive Consultant||n/a||1|
|Sold first screenplay co-written with Scott Alexander, "Homewreckers"; never produced|
|Had first critical success with "Ed Wood"; co-written with Alexander|
|Worked as a film critic for a local NBC affiliate|
|First produced screenplay written with Scott Alexander, "Problem Child"|
|Met future partner Scott Alexander while at USC|
|Raised in Indiana|
|Pair reteamed with Forman to script biopic of Andy Kaufman "Man on the Moon"|
|With Alexander, adapted a Stephen King short story called "1408"|
|Won critical and popular acclaim with the controversial "The People vs. Larry Flynt", directed by Milos Forman; co-penned with Alexander|
|With Alexander, made co-directorial debut with "Screwed", also co-scripted (released theatrically in 2000)|
|Wrote for the local TV show "Beyond Our Control"|
|Co-wrote the teen adventure, "Agent Cody Banks"|
Karaszewski teamed up with his USC roommate Scott Alexander and sold the crime comedy "Homewreckers" to 20th-Century Fox for $300,000 in 1986, though the film was never produced. The team first made it to the big screen in 1990 with "Problem Child", which turned into a problem film. Karaszewski and Alexander had written it as a dark "Bad Seed" parody, but the studio turned it into one of the year's most reviled kiddie comedies. The two reluctantly agreed to pen "Problem Child 2" (1991), with similar results and damage to their budding careers.
In 1994, Tim Burton directed their script of "Ed Wood", with virtually no changes, and they had their first critical hit. An odd, touching and somewhat warped tribute to the so-called "World's Worst Director", the film managed to laugh both at and with Wood, and provided Martin Landau with a meaty, Oscar-winning role as the decrepit Bela Lugosi. With the success of "Ed Wood", Karaszewski and Alexander were able to sell an even more controversial biopic of the pornographic magazine publisher, "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), produced by Oliver Stone and directed by Milos Forman. Described by Karaszewski as "Frank Capra with porn," the film takes an outrageously vile character and makes him a hero of sorts. Their script provided challenging, well-written roles for Woody Harrelson (as Flynt), Courtney Love (as his ill-fated wife) and Edward Norton (as his lawyer).
Karaszewski and Alexander also did uncredited work on two films. They relinquished credit on the animated "Cats Don't Dance" (1997), but unsuccessfully objected to being omitted from Burton's "Mars Attacks!" (1996), on which Jonathan Gems was listed as sole screenwriter.
|University of Southern California|
|"I give Scott sex appeal, and besides, I do everything he does except backwards and in heels." --Larry Karaszewski, quoted in MOVIELINE, November 1996|
|"'Twister' started a whole new era where the story and characters are totally unimportant. I feel the screenwriter's job is now similar to being a theme park ride operator. . . In most films billed as comedies today, there aren't any jokes. They're just friendly, smile movies, not laugh movies. I don't understand what warm and fuzzy has to do with comedy. We don't confuse comedy with lightness." --Larry Karaszewski to MOVIELINE, November 1996|
|"True stories permit you to break the cookie-cutter mold. No executive can say, 'can't Ed Wood make a couple of good movies?' There's also a lot less fear of being fired, since we're the ones with the information." --Larry Karaszewski, quoted in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 15, 1997|
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