By Alison Macor
In Rewrite Man, Alison Macor tells an engrossing tale concerning the demanding situations confronted via a most sensible screenwriter on the crossroads of combined and conflicting agendas in Hollywood. no matter if writing love scenes for Tom Cruise at the set of Top Gun, working traces with Michael Keaton on Beetlejuice, or crafting Nietzschean discussion for Jack Nicholson on Batman, Warren Skaaren collaborated with a lot of New Hollywood's strongest stars, manufacturers, and administrators. by the point of his untimely loss of life in 1990, Skaaren was once one among Hollywood's highest-paid writers, even though he hardly ever left Austin, the place he lived and labored. but he needed to conflict for shared screenwriting credits on those motion pictures, and his struggles yield a brand new figuring out of the secretive monitor credits arbitration process—a procedure that has simply develop into extra excessive, extra litigious, and extra public for screenwriters and their union, the Writers Guild of the United States, because Skaaren's time. His tale, informed via a wealth of archival fabric, illuminates the most important problems with movie authorship that experience seldom been explored.