By Alison Macor
In Rewrite Man, Alison Macor tells an engrossing tale concerning the demanding situations confronted by means of a best screenwriter on the crossroads of combined and conflicting agendas in Hollywood. even 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 dying in 1990, Skaaren was once one in all Hollywood's highest-paid writers, even supposing 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 knowing of the secretive monitor credits arbitration process—a approach that has merely turn into extra severe, extra litigious, and extra public for screenwriters and their union, the Writers Guild of the US, seeing that Skaaren's time. His tale, instructed via a wealth of archival fabric, illuminates an important problems with movie authorship that experience seldom been explored.