Kitchener-Waterloo Record (15/Apr/1991) - Studios ignoring older scribes, screenwriter says
- article: Studios ignoring older scribes, screenwriter says
- newspaper: Kitchener-Waterloo Record (15/Apr/1991)
- keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, Blackmail (1929), Charles Bennett, Foreign Correspondent (1940), Secret Agent (1936), The 39 Steps (1935), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Studios ignoring older scribes, screenwriter says
"Many young writers get good ideas, but they haven't got the technical experience to put it down on paper," the 91-year-old Bennett said.
"You can't sit down and say, "I'm going to write a screenplay' without knowing how to do it. It is a highly professional job. And a young writer has to learn that job."
Bennett, whose collaboration with Hitchcock began with the 1929 film Blackmail, continues to work. He and producer Stuart Birnbaum recently finished the first draft of an updated version of Blackmail, which is in development at 20th Century Fox.