The Rewrite

Synopsis: Keith Michaels, an academy award winner for his screenplay for the movie "Paradise Misplaced", now faces the challenge of being rejected in Hollywood. To get a breakthrough he is forced to take the job he most hates, teaching. The assignment is at a college is far from his comforts and could possibly take him to a new life.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Marc Lawrence
Production: RLJE/Image Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


So thanks very much for having

me in and here's my pitch.

This is a movie I've had in my head for

a long time. It's a comedy. Hopefully.


Let's say Jack Nicholson decided

that he wanted to know

what people truly thought of him.

Whether his life had

actually amounted to anything.

So he fakes his death

and stages his own funeral.

I just think the possibilities

are pretty hilarious.

Ultimately, amid all the clich eulogies

and insincere expressions of grief,

he discovers one grandson

who truly misses him.

It could be very heartwarming.

I don't get this.

Just like I didn't get it when

you pitched it to me six months ago.

I did? Where was that?

At the Red Sunset premiere.

Glad I left such an

impression that night.

Oh, right, sorry, yeah, yeah.

I knew I knew you.

Sorry. Yes! Yes!

Yeah, you were between jobs

and looking for a development position.

So, bravo! No, that was a great night.

Oh, of course, there's no reason

why it couldn't be a woman.

You know, everyone loves Betty White.

Keith, we love you.

We're huge fans.

This is the studio that made

your Paradise Misplaced 15 years ago,

when Jenny over here was just an embryo.

It's a fun idea, it's just not for us.

We're looking more for edgy comedies

with a kick-ass-type woman.

Now if you have something like that,

we'd love to hear it.

You are a fantastic agent

as you have frequently told me.

I just wanted to ask, do you think

you could possibly find me just...

Just one job, you know? Just any job.


There is something.

You have to hear me out.

If it pays, I'll take it.

My brother-in-law is a chem professor at

Binghamton University in upstate New York,

and they're looking for a writer

in residence this semester,

cos the one they had died,

so I thought of you.

You thought of me for a teaching job?

Look, you're going to teach

a screenwriting class.

You're going to take some time

to figure out your life

and write something great.

And they're going to give you a car,

a house, a salary.

Yeah, a pitiful one I don't doubt.

Well, it's a lot more

than you're making now.

Yeah, but I can't teach

and I hate teachers, you know.

They're frustrated losers who haven't

done anything with their own lives

so they want to instruct other people.

Oh, forget it, I will just

write my script on spec and...


OK. Where exactly is Binghamton?

The city of Binghamton is

2,754 miles from Los Angeles

and 172 miles northwest

of New York City.

IBM was founded there.

Sir, is this your bag?

- Yeah.

- Well, we have to check it.


Rod Serling, creator of Twilight Zone

grew up and was raised there.

I admit there's a somewhat

ominous quality to that factoid.

What is this?

"Best Original Screenplay."

Dude, you wrote Paradise Misplaced?

I did. Yeah, yeah.

That's such a great flick.

- Thank you. Thanks very much.

- Yo, Kevin, Ali, come here.

This is Keith Michaels.

He wrote Paradise Misplaced.

- You wrote that?

- Yeah, yeah.

- A long time ago but I did, yeah.

- Oh, I love that movie, man.

- My kids love that movie.

- Thank you, thank you, I appreciate it.

- Nice to meet you.

- Nice to meet you, too.

Wow, look at this.

I could have brought a bomb on board

and no one would have minded.

Don't say that. That's not good.

Oh, you're so right. I'm sorry.

I apologise. I used to know what was funny.

Thank you. Thank you.

Binghamton is also the

birthplace of the Spiedie,

a sandwich consisting of cubes

of marinated beef, chicken, or pork

grilled over a charcoal pit.

Binghamton is amongst the top 10

most cloudy and rainy American cities.

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Marc Lawrence

Marc Lawrence (born Max Goldsmith, February 17, 1910 – November 28, 2005) was an American character actor who specialized in underworld types. He has also been credited as F. A. Foss, Marc Laurence and Marc C. Lawrence. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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