brightburn featurette

Did you detail a lot of the gore like the glass in the eye and the jaw falling off in the script?

Brian: A lot of those are really collaborative. I’ll give you an example. In our script, we have a scene in the diner where the waitress is terrorized by Brandon. In our script, a florescent lightbulb explodes and the waitress gets powdery glass in her eye and she rubs it and her eye starts to bleed. She has trouble seeing very much as she does in the finished movie. It was Dave Yarovesky who came on board and said, “No, no, why stop at powdered glass? Let’s have a whole shard that gets stuck deep in her eye that we have to watch her pull out.” I think Dave has a gift for gore, I’ll put it that way.

Were there any other scenes you took out of your original script besides the bullies and the infant at the hospital?

Mark: We actually wrote an opening where Kyle and Tori find out from a doctor that they’re not going to be able to have children. They subsequently hear a meteor land which is in the movie. Then they go out into the woods and find this meteor with a baby in it and have an argument right there on the spot about what to do about it. Tori wants to bring in this child and raise it as her own and her husband is like, “That’s insane. We can’t do that.” We ultimately felt like that scene took away some of the mystery about where this child came from and who he was. It made everything a little too flat so it came out of the movie.

What are each of your favorite horror movies and superhero movies?

Mark: My favorite horror movies are Carrie and The Thing. I just find The Thing to be so thrilling and gross and terrifying that I never get sick of watching it. The John Carpenter version of The Thing. I like the original version of The Thing in the ‘50s but the John Carpenter version with Kurt Russell to me just blows me away every time I see it.

Brian: I also hugely love Carrie and The Thing so I won’t just parrot what he said. I also love a movie that came out in 1987 called The Stepfather. I just think it’s so utterly terrifying but also crazy and delightful at the same time. It’s such a great fun movie. As for favorite superhero, let’s suppose for a second that Guardians of the Galaxy is not a superhero movie. I don’t think it is, but Spider-Man is my favorite superhero and the most recent Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming I thought was just a really fun, inventive way into that character.

What are you working on next?

Mark: We are currently working on a Vertigo/DC movie at New Line that we can’t really talk about very much. Then we’re developing some other things. We have a thing with Sam Raimi that we’re developing and we’ll see what happens.

Are you still or did you write a new Timecop reboot?

Mark: We did! We wrote it for Universal a few years ago and we loved it. We still feel like it’s one of the coolest things we’ve ever written. It’s sitting there and it’s Universal’s call what to do with it and we’re not quite sure what they have in mind.

Brian: That might be our most favorite unproduced project we’ve ever worked on. We love that script. The source material’s great and we came up with a cool way to update it.

Mark: But alas, we don’t run a studio.

Brian: Who knows what the fate of it shall be.

Was it set in the world since 1994 and 2004 with Van Damme’s character?

Mark: There was no Van Damme’s character. It was set in present day and in the 1980s.

Was it for theatrical or their home video where they’ve done a lot of followups?

Brian: It was theatrical.

Are you doing a series called Jupiter’s Legacy?

Brian: No, we were attached to that project when it was a movie. That was another project that we really loved. After we were on board and working on it for a little bit, Mark Millar, whom we love and really admire, ended up selling his library to Netflix so it became a different thing altogether. It became a TV series at that point and at that point we got off the project. Other people are writing it right now.

Mark: But we love Mark Millar and think the world of him. We can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Did you write a new Starsky & Hutch?

Mark: It was a TV series. We did it with James Gunn and that did not go forward. We did it for Amazon during a turnover they had last year and it sort of got lost in the shuffle.

Brian: There were two different regime changes from the point of us setting up the project and delivering the script. That’s another script we were very proud of and really liked our take on it, but there are just other external things. The studio had different needs. It wasn’t meant to be.

Did you grow up pairing off as writing partners while James did his solo stuff?

Brian: Yeah, Mark and I went to the same college together and we started writing together in college. We moved out to Los Angeles before James actually. I’m James’s younger brother but we were here before him. So we were out in Los Angeles writing together and then James came out a couple years after we did. He came out of the genre world when he first landed here and we were doing much more comedy material. So for a long time, the genres we were working in didn’t really overlap. Even though we shared the same profession, we weren’t really competing for the same jobs or anything like that. It’s only been now that we found something we both really love.

Pages: Previous page 1 2

Cool Posts From Around the Web: