A former member of the folksinging groups The Tarriers and The Journeymen, Marshall Brickman wrote for television before beginning his highly successful association with Woody Allen. Brickman co-wrote...
Beloved singing cowboy Roy Rogers is set for a return to the spotlight from beyond the grave in a new Broadway musical based on his life. Oscar-winning Annie Hall screenwriter Marshall Brickman, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his work on Jersey Boys, will develop the stage show in time for a 2015 launch.
A statement released by Brickman reads: "I'm excited to be able to introduce Rogers to a new generation - and to re-introduce him to his older fans. At the height of his popularity, Roy had millions of fans worldwide and reigned for decades as the embodiment of simple, honest American values. It will be interesting to contrast that ideal with the current environment of ambivalence and moral uncertainty."
Previews are expected to begin in late 2014.
Rogers, nicknamed the King of the Cowboys, was the star of countless Hollywood Westerns in the 1940s and '50s and often appeared alongside his wife Dale Evans, his horse Trigger and dog Bullet.
He died in 1998.
The man behind the scripts for movies like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible and 2002's Spider-Man will be presented with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award from the Writers Guild of America, East organisation in recognition of his extensive filmography at the New York prizegiving on 17 February (13).
Koepp will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Nora Ephron, Walter Bernstein, Robert Benton and Marshall Brickman, among others.
A statement issued by Koepp reads: "I'm honoured and very grateful... To be mentioned in the same breath with the other people who've received the Hunter award gives me something to live up to - it's a humbling and compelling reason to keep typing."
Other works on the writer's resume include Carlito's Way, Panic Room, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He also directed last year's action thriller Premium Rush.
The Writers Guild of America will celebrate its honourees simultaneously on both the east and the west coasts - a second Writers Guild Awards ceremony will also take place in Los Angeles.
This week’s Good Deeds was written and directed by Tyler Perry, who also happens to star in the dramedy. Ditto Jennifer Westfeldt and Friends with Kids, out March 9. It’s a trifecta that not many have pulled off – and that far fewer have pulled off with successful results. Here are our favorite such writer/director/actor triple threats and their best do-it-all movies.
Kenneth Branagh, Hamlet
Or Much Ado About Nothing. Or Henry V. Either way, there’s no denying that Branagh knows, and has an affinity for, Shakespeare like virtually no one else working in movies today. The fact that he played the lead role in each film is almost as impressive and shocking as the fact that he directed Thor last summer!
Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
QT is more of a formidable double threat who chooses, perhaps just a tad narcissistically, to write himself into some of his own movies than a triple threat. Pulp Fiction – in which he plays the, uh, memorable Jimmie – is arguably the best movie of a generation, thanks in large part to his crazy, furtive mind and vision. Even if not his acting.
Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade
Billy Bob hasn’t made a career out of writing and directing the movies in which he’s starred – in fact, Sling Blade is probably the only such film most people have heard of (trust us). But the drama – for which he won a Best Screenplay Oscar and landed a Best Actor nomination – is an impressive enough DIY feat on its own to earn him a spot on this list. Woody Allen, Annie Hall
Probably the earliest, if not the altogether best, example of a writer/director/actor do-it-all, Annie Hall won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (co-written by Marshall Brickman), and earned Woody Allen a Best Actor nom. What more is there to say? George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
For the longest time, Clooney was a true acting superstar, which makes his seamless transition into writing and directing all the more impressive – and risky. With Good Night, and Good Luck (which he co-wrote with regular cohort Grant Heslov), all three skills were on full display—and two were Oscar-nominated. Ben Affleck, The Town
Affleck jumpstarted his career by co-writing a great screenplay (Good Will Hunting), and he might have salvaged it by stepping back behind the camera for 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, which he wrote and directed. Of course, he also starred in both of those movies. But it wasn’t until 2010’s legitimately suspenseful The Town that Affleck solidified himself as one of the best writer/director/actors working today. Surprise! Sylvester Stallone, Rocky II
Think of this as our version of the lifetime achievement award: None of the movies Stallone has written, directed and starred in – including Rocky II and the more recent Rambo update and The Expendables – have been an undisputable masterpieces, but a lot of our favorite ‘Sly’ movies (including Rocky, which is often mistakenly assumed to have been directed by Stallone) were at least written by him, which is impressive. For that double duty, we bump up his triple-duty output a notch and honor Stallone’s career … under the guise of honoring Rocky II. Kevin Smith, Clerks
A landmark achievement in 1990s indie cinema, Clerks is 100 percent the scatological brainchild of writer/director Kevin Smith. He also played the aptly dialogue-less part of Silent Bob (as he later would in several films), and even that role added something singular to what has become a true cult classic – and a study on how to make a great movie with virtually no money. Christopher Guest, Best in Show
Take your pick between Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. Each stars Guest (although the latter more prominently), each was co-written by Guest (with Eugene Levy) and each was directed by Guest. Each also shows off his virtually unparalleled knack for quirky, offbeat, wry satire and sensibilities. Hiis later works A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration are not to be forgotten, either. Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee really broke out and through with this racially charged sorta-morality tale set in the Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn, ushering in a fresh – and necessary – voice. To this day, the 1989 drama remains arguably his best movie overall, not to mention his biggest acting role.
Welp, it's official. After a heated bidding war, the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will come to the big screen. Graham King's GK Films won the rights to the Broadway musical Jersey Boys. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice will write the script.
According to Deadline, the deal wasn't cheap. It was called "ground-breaking" and was a "substantial seven-figures."
The musical tells the story of how Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi went from blue collar workers to one of the most successful pop groups in America, selling 175 million records before the age of 30. Since the show opened on Broadway in 2005, it won four Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- and brought in over $1 billion worldwide.
It sounds like everyone in Hollywood was pursuing the rights to this film, and that's not surprising considering how well the most recent Broadway-to-film project -- Mamma Mia! -- did, making over $600 million worldwide. And Mr. King is pretty excited, to say the least.
"Jersey Boys is one of the most electrifying stage shows any of us has ever seen and it has all the ingredients to become a big commercial hit movie," King said. "So to now be collaborating with the whole team, Frankie, Bob, Marshall and Rick, to bring that magic to the big screen is just a wonderful dream come true."
And honestly, Jersey Boys is practically a lock as a money-maker. The musical is a mix-tape of every great singalong -- whether you're a kid or an adult -- from the past 50 years. Who doesn't love classic songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What A Night," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."
Or even better -- sing it with me! "Sherrryyyy, Sherryyy baaaaby! Can you come out tonight?"
Erg. Sorry. Maybe that wasn't a good idea. Let's just wait for the movie.
Resumed working with Allen, co-writing "Manhattan Murder Mystery", featuring Diane Keaton
Worked on staff of "Candid Camera"
Co-wrote "The Woody Allen Special" (NBC)
Had first screenwriter credit, co-scripting "Sleeper" with Woody Allen
Co-wrote "Annie Hall" with Allen; earned Oscar for Best Screenplay
Was member of folk-singing groups The Journeymen and The Tarriers
Produced "The Dick Cavett Show"
Wrote and directed "Lovesick"
Directed Keaton in the Showtime adaptation of the stage play "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All"
Made feature film directing debut, "Simon" (also first film as solo writer)
Was on writing staff of "The Tonight Show"
Penned the script for "Intersection"
A former member of the folksinging groups The Tarriers and The Journeymen, Marshall Brickman wrote for television before beginning his highly successful association with Woody Allen. Brickman co-wrote two of Allen's best-loved films, "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979), before branching out on his own with the overlooked, cynical comedy "Simon" (1980) and the thoughtful anti-nuclear thriller "The Manhattan Project" (1986). It was with "Candid Camera" that Brickman broke into TV in 1966, and after a short stay with Allen Funt, moved on to Johnny Carson. Brickman was one of the key writers for "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1966-70) and also participated in the 1969 primetime special "Johnny Carson's Repertory Company in an Evening of Comedy". That same year, he first worked with Woody Allen as one of the writers on Allen's NBC special. In 1970, Brickman moved from Carson to Dick Cavett, writing and producing for Cavett's ABC show through 1972, a period in which the show won several Emmy Awards.<p> Brickman left TV and began to concentrate on feature films. In 1973, he joined Allen in co-writing "Sleeper", the film which advanced Allen's directing career. After a lull, Brickman and Allen worked on "Annie Hall" (1977), for which they shared the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The pair also fashioned a valentine to NYC with "Manhattan" (1979). Both features established Allen's credentials as a cinematic analyst of modern urban society. Brickman went his own way writing and directing "Simon" (1980), which starred his former partner from The Tarriers, Alan Arkin, as a man brainwashed to think he's come from another planet. The film met with a limited release (and frequently turns up on cable). Brickman's next effort, "Lovesick" (1983), was given a far greater release by Warner Bros. Starring Dudley Moore as a psychiatrist obsessed with his patient (Elizabeth McGovern) and communicating with the spirit of Freud (Alec Guinness), the love story-cum-urban neurosis was not a box office success either. Brickman fared better with critics, but not necessarily with the box office in 1986 with "The Manhattan Project", a well-meaning anti-nuclear riff in which young Christopher Collet steals plutonium to build his own reactor. The film is frequently shown on TV where it has built a large following. Brickman wrote the screenplay for the 1991 Bette Midler vehicle "For the Boys", a box office disaster about a USO singer and a comic who team and find success. Helmed by Mark Rydell, the film is generally entertaining, but something of a throwback to 1950s films, but it features a strong central performance by Midler. Rydell also directed Brickman's screenplay for the Richard Gere-Sharon Stone melodrama "Intersection" (1994). Brickman resumed working with Woody Allen after 15 years with "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), a pleasantly diverting caper that also marked Allen's reteaming with Diane Keaton.
University of Wisconsin
Brickman has contributed humor pieces to numerous publications, including THE NEW YORKER.