The scribes of megapics just get no respect.“Get in the car! Get out of the car!” “Hold on!” These are lines from “Twister,” as quoted by Mike Medavoy and Rob Reiner at the Writers Guild Foundation’s Words Into Pictures conference May 30. In fact, last year’s megapic took several jabs at a panel on writing for megapics. Most vocal was Reiner, who said such pics are in a class all by themselves. With “Twister,” Reiner asked, “Is there anyone who saw it and said ‘Ohhh, what an interesting love story there?’ “ But the pic’s producer, Kathleen Kennedy, defended its execution, saying that, with these types of pics, the special effects are among the characters. “You are not appreciating or respecting the genre,” she said to Reiner at one point, and added: “It is an extremely difficult genre to write to. It is a level of writing that often gets very little respect.” But criticism undoubtedly won’t get in the way of a sequel. Kennedy said that they are talking about one, if the right story can be found. “I wonder why,” Saul Zaentz chimed in. Reiner had an idea for her: “Drizzle.”
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