Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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April 6,1998

"Williamson Sets U Pic"

Julie Plec

"I learned that getting a movie made in Hollywood is a near impossibility, and the process can be a wild adventure."

Loyal viewers of "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" know that Julie Plec loves nothing more than a good love story. Back in 1998, the future showrunner was working as Wes Craven's assistant when she and her college friend and neighbor Greg Berlanti came up with the idea for a romantic comedy - "The Broken Hearts Club" - that would land them a six-figure deal, debra birnbaum

Do you remember seeing this story when it ran?

Oh, absolutely! I was so stunned, I sent the writer a thank-you note.

How did you come up with the idea?

I would come home from work, and I'd just sit in Greg's apartment and eat Chinese food, and I would talk about boys and then he would talk about boys. One day he said, "I have the perfect idea for a movie, and it's because of our friendship." He pitched this idea about a gay man who basically Pygmalions a straight man into being the perfect boyfriend for his female best friend. I liked it of course, because it was about me. I shared the idea on the set of "Scream 2" with Kevin Williamson, and he loved it. We went to every single studio, and when it came down to it, New Line and Universal had a little bidding war. …

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