Casablanca; Lawrence of Arabia; Annie Hall; The Pacifier with Vin Diesel. One of these movies doesn’t belong. That’s because one of these movies made oodles of undeserved cash money upon release. That’s because it was written by genuine Hollywood hucksters Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon as a guaranteed money factory.
It may seem inconceivable that their trite, derivative, and self-consciously bad movies have seen any success at all, but these guys have figured out the formula for movie magic, and their hysterical and enlightening screenwriting guide Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! reveals their scandalous, professional secrets. The guys who ruined Jimmy Fallon’s movie career with Taxi and neglected to dazzle any critics with Balls of Fury have written a manual for becoming a successful screenwriter, living large in Los Angeles, and selling out theaters, all without having to create a single piece of legitimate art.
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit delivers a straightforward set of instructions for selling a script, writing a script (in that order), hobnobbing with film executives, and swindling them. Garant and Lennon have routinely sacrificed creative control and artistic integrity for box office success and buckets of money, and, with a little luck and a lot of diligence, you, too, can claim an embarrassment of riches for penning a shameful, cinematic success. The only thing they leave to chance is where you should park your Lamborghini (just kidding; have it valeted).
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! is now on our shelves and available via bookpeople.com!