Rewrite Man


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • One. From Hallingdal to Houston
  • Two. Hollywood on the Colorado
  • Three. Breaking Away
  • Four. Highway to the Danger Zone
  • Five. Hollywood Gothic
  • Six. One Hit After Another
  • Seven. Batmania
  • Eight. The Man Hollywood Trusts
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

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"Alison Macor's Rewrite Man, chronicling the late Warren Skaaren's adventures in life and screenwriting, accomplishes the highest goal of biography-it makes you wish you knew the man." -- John Sayles, Academy Award-nominated writer-director and script doctor "Rewrite Man is an insightful behind-the-scenes look at a behind-the-scenes man. Alison Macor presents us with a character study of a driven and conflicted human being, as well as a sharp analysis of a Hollywood system that turned screenwriters like Warren Skaaren into both indispensable insiders and chronically frustrated outliers." -- Stephen Harrigan, best-selling author of The Gates of the Alamo and screenwriter

About the Author

ALISON MACOR is a freelance writer and former film critic for the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman. She has taught film courses at the University of Texas, Austin Community College, and the Austin Museum of Art.


"The bulk of the book details his role in the creation of numerous successful films, including Batman, Beetlejuice, and Top Gun, and his battles to get his contributions to the filmed scripts formally recognized. Skaaren's skill and efficiency-he rewrote Top Gun in just 10 days-became legendary, and Macor explains how the changes he made to characterizations improved them." * Publishers Weekly *

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