In tandem with his boyhood neighbor Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson has written a number of screenplays, both produced and unproduced. The duo first met and befriended one another in Malvern, Arkansas. After earning both an undergraduate and graduate degree in English at the University of Arkansas, Epperson suggested that the pair try their luck in New York. Staying only ten hours in The Big Apple, the twosome headed West to Hollywood where they marked time writing scripts and taking meetings. Thornton quickly developed a reputation as the more volatile member of the team, often storming out on producers.