When asked about my favourite holiday films, I give your standard response: A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. Call it typical, but I adore seeing George Bailey lasso the moon or Ralphie Parker trampling down the stairs in his bunny suit. Not everyone gives such run-of-the-mill answers and the strangest response I have received to that very question was Lethal Weapon.
When I think Lethal Weapon, I think of Mel Gibson with an awful haircut and violence — lots and lots of violence. But, I guess it could be considered a Christmas film just as it could be considered a Western film. If these ideas tickle your fancy, then you should tune into ‘On Story’ tonight as the writer of Lethal Weapon, Shane Black, will be discussing what it means to have a Western in an urban setting.
Shane Black is also the screenwriter for films such as The Long Kiss Goodnight and the new Iron Man 3 film coming out in 2013. He talks about what it means to write a suspense script and the devices used to keep viewers constantly on their feet and wanting more.
So, join me tonight for another episode of ‘On Story’ at 5:30P on KACV and check back tomorrow for a Double Take…