Today was a script session with new script consultant Bill Hunt. I love working with Bill. In two weeks he has more effectively revised the script than all the work done in the past 9 months. And that is because he is not only a good writer, but he understands you simply have to do a lot of hard work. He has probably put in 40 hours of work the past week on the script. And we are only through Act Two!
The changes are not major, but they make the story more effective and Rob Burnett is really happy about them, and he has to direct the film!
Bill starts by re-writing everything. He puts it all in his voice, massaging dialogue and adding to the story where he feels he needs to. I then go in and decide what re-written parts I like and what I don’t. Sometimes I simply copy and paste his re-writes into the Master Script, and sometimes I don’t. If I don’t, I will tell Bill why, and he explains what he was trying to accomplish, and we talk it out. I am not married to anything I wrote and totally open to changing the script if it improves it. What you find is by talking things out, you often come to something that is better than either version. We have made some major improvements to scenes, and we have added parts that we didn’t even realize we needed.
And Bill does his homework on Star Trek. He looks up planets on the Star Trek Star Charts, he uses Memory Alpha for historical information, and he is a Star Trek fan, so it works.
We hope to have the entire script polished off by the end of this weekend. I am pretty confident we will. And then it is Comic Con! Make sure if you are going to attend, you come to our panels. You can find all the info here.