Writer/director Brad Mirman has experienced pretty much anything that a filmmaker working in the industry could think of. He first broke into the business in 1989 with a spec script that ignited a bidding war for “Partners in Crime” which eventually went to Paramount. He followed that up with “Knight Moves” (1992) and the Madonna vehicle “Body of Evidence” (1993), which came at the height of the psycho-sexual thriller revolution inspired by “Basic Instinct.” Mirman’s output has continued for the past 20 years or so, and he was at the helm for the highly acclaimed “The Confession,” starring Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt.
For his latest script project, Mirman has been reunited with Sutherland with “Forsaken,” a Western which sees a son (Sutherland) trying to make amends with his father (Kiefer’s real life father Donald Sutherland). Kiefer plays a gunslinger with a checkered past; he and his father have been estranged for years and their reunion takes place against the backdrop of a land war that threatens to tear their community apart. “Forsaken” also stars Brian Cox and Demi Moore.
Mirman lives an international existence, splitting his time between Southern California and Paris–and he also called Buenos Aires and London home as well. As far as a personal philosophy about his work is concerned, he echoes what many other working (and non-working as well) writers think about their craft, once saying, “I write so I don’t have to think about my real life.”
In this episode of the podcast Mirman talks about how he broke into the business with a big spec script sale and his latest feature film, “Forsaken.”
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
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