'The People vs. OJ Simpson' Creator Larry Karaszewski Talks Future Projects

By Aftab, Kaleem | Screen International, November 9, 2016 | Go to article overview

'The People vs. OJ Simpson' Creator Larry Karaszewski Talks Future Projects


Aftab, Kaleem, Screen International


US Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) has revealed that development of Warner Bros' bio-pic about eccentric software tycoon Jonathan McAfee, for which he wrote the screenplay, is coming together fast.

Speaking to Screen on the fringes of the Memphis Indie Film Festival (Nov 1-7), Karaszewski said the project was close to attaching a director and stars.

"Things are happening with this at the moment. I would love this to be the next picture that goes," said Karaszewski, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside long-time writing partner Scott Alexander.

Karaszewski was attending Memphis Indie as a jury member on the narrative features competition and also for a 20th-anniversary screening of The People vs. Larry Flynt, which he and Alexander also co-wrote.

The McAfee project hones in on a murky chapter in McAfee's life when he fell foul of the authorities in Central American country of Belize when he retired there in 2008.

Karaszewski describes the project as "The Social Network meets Apocalypse Now... It's basically about his years in Belize when he goes offthe grid. We only talk a little bit about his years working on computers and inventing anti-virus software."

A 2015-announced Patty Hearst project berthed at Fox 2000 is not as advanced in its development.

The project is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book American Heiress: The Wild Saga Of The Kidnapping, Crimes And Trial Of Patty Hearst. Toobin also wrote The Run Of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which formed the basis for The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

Karaszewski denied rumours that Jennifer Lawrence has been attached to star in the film. "She's not attached, but there is definitely interest all around in making that happen, but she's not attached."

Karaszewski said he and Alexander do not like directors and talent being attached until they are happy with the script.

"I don't like getting talent involved until a script is ready to go. We always found that if we don't attach people until we're ready to go, we have much more fluidity."

The screenwriter said that this philosophy developed after Oliver Stone was attached to direct The People vs. Larry Flynt, before eventually stepping into a producer role to allow Milos Foreman to direct. …

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