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Steven Zaillian

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Born: January 30, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fresno, California, USA Profession: Writer ...


"Steve's scripts read like movies. He writes like a director. His writing is so specific and carefully wrought, all you need to do is follow what he has on the page and you'll end up with a wonderful scene." --producer Scott Rudin quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 9, 1993

"Nothing really horrible has happened to me. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. There are so many stories of screenwriters who write a script and sell it for a million dollars, and people think those are the ones who lead charmed lives. I feel I've led a charmed life in a way because I've worked on things I've really liked." --Steven Zaillian to THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 9, 1993

On his penchant for writing adapted screenplays over originals: "I hate the actual writing of scripts. Halfway through, I just want to throw them in the trash. So when someone pays me to adapt something, I take the money and spend it right away; then I have to finish the job." --From VARIETY, January 3-9, 1994

"You hear about these books and courses on screenwriting. On page 20 something has to happen. The character arc and all that stuff. I have no idea. I don't think about those things. Every time I do it, it feels like the first time and I'm scared and I don't know if it's going to turn out. And if I get to page 50 or so and I'm not enjoying it, then I know it's not working."

"The tone of the movie is the magic thing for me. That's like the big battle. The tone and the voices and how people sound. The level of realism. That's what matters to me." --Zailian quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 15, 1998

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