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In this episode, I have the immense honor of chatting with screenwriter Doug Richardson. Doug’s screenwriting credits include “Die Hard 2,” “Hostage,” “Welcome To Mooseport” and “Bad Boys.” Doug was the first screenwriter in Hollywood to sell a spec script for a million dollars and to date, Doug’s produced features have made over 800 million dollars worldwide. Not many screenwriters can say that. But besides huge box office success, Doug also has found success writing novels (Dark Horse, True Believers, The Safety Expert). And if that wasn’t enough, he also has an amazing blog with some great stories about screenwriting and working in the trenches of Hollywood. In the podcast, we discuss everything from how he got an agent to writing for Bruce Willis to making the leap from screenwriting to novels.
DOUG RICHARDSON’S BIO
Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then- Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.
Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.
After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS and, most recently, HOSTAGE. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide.
In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, DARK HORSE, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, TRUE BELIEVERS.
Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.
Doug on the set of “Hostage” with Bruce Willis.