Marlon Brando and his father founded Pennebaker, Inc., one of several companies in the 1950s that were started by leading actors and backed by a major studio. This business model became popular as the “Big Five” studio system began to lose its grip on Hollywood. One-Eyed Jacks was the company’s first production.
A number of writers were attached to One-Eyed Jacks. The script was loosely based on The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones, Charles Neider’s novel about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. First Rod Serling took a crack at it, then the project was taken over by a young Sam Peckinpah, who would later use ideas he developed in the working script to shape his own take on the story of the outlaw and sheriff, 1973’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. After Peckinpah came Calder Willingham, and finally Guy Trosper.
10 Things I Learned: Raging Bull
While working on our edition of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece, producer Abbey Lustgarten found out how the director achieved some of the movie’s most evocative visual and sonic effects.
The Evolution of a “Superpig”: Designing Okja, from Start to Finish
Both intimidatingly massive and deeply sympathetic, the creature at the heart of Bong Joon Ho’s meat-industry fable is the product of a close collaboration between the director and artist Jang Hee Chul.
10 Things I Learned: Rouge
The producer of our edition of the masterful 1987 melodrama tells the stories of some of director Stanley Kwan’s legendary collaborators, including superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung.
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