Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan‘s latest film, Mojave, a rough and mean meta thriller, opens in theaters next week. The writer is known for such films as The Departed and Kingdom of Heaven, but in 2000 he had a novel published that couldn’t be more different from those pictures. “Light House: A Trifle” is a wild story — a farce with writers, criminals, a prostitute, and an unhappy married couple running an inn. An adaptation was in the works before Monahan’s novel was even published, but sadly it never came to fruition.

After the jump, William Monahan discusses Light HouseThe White Devil, and the Evel Knievel project.

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