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Mélanie Laurent’s latest directorial effort “Galveston,” starring Elle Fanning and Ben Foster, is adapted from the 2010 novel of the same name written by “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto. The writer adapted his own novel for the film’s screenplay, but moviegoers might notice something strange come the end credits: The script is not attributed to Pizzolatto but to a man named Jim Hammet. “Galveston” producer Tyler Davidson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Hammet isn’t a real screenwriter but a pseudonym Pizzolatto requested.
“My personal opinion is that Nic did not feel the final script reflected his work as the sole credited writer,” Davidson said, “and his representatives advised us to credit him with his pseudonym.”
Pizzolatto - Autonomy - Scenes - Projects - Reason
Pizzolatto is known for seeking autonomy behind the scenes of his projects, which is one reason he reportedly clashed with director Cary Fukunaga during the making of “True Detective” season one. According to Davidson, Laurent had lots of ideas for the movie when she signed on to direct the film, and not all of them were confined to the script Pizzolatto had written.
“When Mélanie came on board to direct Galveston, she had a strong vision for the film she wanted to make, and the producing team fully supported that vision, which included her significant contributions to the screenplay,” Davidson said. “Mélanie may have deserved a shared screenplay credit.”
Laurent - Screenwriter - Film - Writers - Guild
Laurent is not credited as a screenwriter on the film because of a Writers Guild of America rule that states the organization does not pursue credit configuration when shared...
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