When we first began, Ruth told us she had never written a screenplay. That was not a problem since I had never produced a feature film and Jim had never directed one.
There's one thing to be said for a remake of a 1984 movie that uses the original's screenplay. This 2011 version is so similar sometimes song for song and line for line that I was wickedly tempted to reprint my 1984 review, word for word. But That Would be Wrong.roger ebert
I've written a screenplay that is a series of monologues and songs ; they form this sort of human tapestry across time and place. The form is strange, but I find it really fascinating.
The beautiful Monique insists on joining their expedition and cannot be dissuaded; we think at first she has a nefarious motive, but no, she's probably taken a class in screenplay construction and knows that the film requires a sexy female lead. This could be the first case in cinematic history of a character voluntarily entering a movie because of the objective fact that she is required.roger ebert