A quick tale of two screenwriters sitting on top

“I like movies fine, but we’re not film school people, so this isn’t —— ” Christopher Markus began, to which Stephen McFeely added, “A route to director or going to parties,” because, Mr. Markus concluded, “I really want to write, and it’s the only thing I’m good at.” Miraculously the tag-team conversation tracked. 

Co-writers for a dozen years now, Mr. Markus and Mr. McFeely, both 37, are among the blessed few — about 1,800 are counted in any given year by the Writers Guild of America, West — who get paid to write Hollywood pictures. They are already credited with a big one, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which took in nearly $750 million at the worldwide box office when Disney released it 18 months ago. Two years ago they won an Emmy for their HBO film, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” and they have two more “Narnia” movies on the way.  

(Source: New York Times)


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