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“Is there a world in which …?” As The Harder They Fall co-writer (and director) Jeymes Samuel recounted how Idris Elba — his friend and one of the stars of his all-Black Western — prefaced his not-infrequent on-set requests to veer from the script, several of his fellow screenwriters seated at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Writer Roundtable knowingly chuckled along. In addition to Samuel (who penned his screenplay with Boaz Yakin), the Oscar-contending scribes who convened in mid-December at PMC headquarters included Maggie Gyllenhaal, who adapted Elena Ferrante’s 2008 novel about motherhood, The Lost Daughter, and made her directorial debut helming it; Sian Heder, who adapted the 2014 French film La Famille Bélier into CODA and also directed it; David Chase, who wrote Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark with Lawrence Konner; and Zach Baylin, there on behalf of his first produced screenplay, King Richard, which recounts the origin story of the first family of women’s tennis, the Williamses. The quintet spent an hour discussing their varied paths to screenwriting, the tricky terrain of writing about people with different life experiences from their own and the challenges of being productive during a pandemic — and then hung around and chatted for a half-hour more.
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