David Koepp


David Koepp Trivia


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    • David: (asked who – or what – has had the biggest influence on his career) Brian De Palma. This dude knows how to be a mentor – alternately supportive and harsh, friend and teacher, bullying and gentle. He is also genuinely interested in the next generation, loves to know what's current, and is more of a true movie-lover than anybody I've ever met in my life. He listens.

    • David: (asked if he could change one thing about the industry, what would it be) It would be so wonderful if people could be persuaded that compulsively swapping writers does not improve a movie. I'm not saying that sticking with one writer will guarantee a perfect movie, but it does mean that the mistakes and inadequacies will at least be coherent, instead of a compendium of a half dozen different screw ups.

    • David: (on his favourite books) Favourites change all the time, but the book that affected me the most when I read it was Catcher in the Rye. The author who completely blew me away (and continued to do so right up to his last book) was Kurt Vonnegut.

    • David: (asked what is the one project that he's always wanted to do, but has yet to be able to) A script I wrote with my buddy John Kamps called Supercollider. (Used to be called The Superconducting Supercollider of Sparkle Creek, Wisconsin, but the studio thought that was too long. Imagine!) I was supposed to direct that last summer but it's pretty far out there in tone and Disney lost its nerve and shut us down 8 weeks before shooting. But we will return!

    • David: (asked which project he feels didn't live up to what he envisioned) Most of them. And I blame no one but myself. Well, okay, I blame some other people too.

    • David: (on his favourite movies) Hands down, Rosemary's Baby. I think I've been influenced by that movie on just about everything I've ever done. There are deeply, deeply paranoid ideas in that movie that strike something deep inside me. And, again, it's popular art rooted in something very, very personal and singular.

    • David: (on his favourite piece of music) I listen to an awful lot of music, but have a lot of favourites, and they change all the time. If I had to pick an artist, it would definitely be Springsteen, who I think has done an amazing thing – he's stayed in the pop mainstream for almost thirty years, all the time writing very personal music. I think The Rising was incredible because it was relevant. To maintain relevance after 30 years is remarkable. And he does what I hope I do on my best days – write squarely within pop art conventions, but try to elevate it at the same time. The difference is nine times out of ten I fail and nine times out of ten he hits it – but then again he's a genius.

    • David: (on his most important professional accomplishment to date) I think the thing I'm proudest of is the second movie I directed, Stir of Echoes. I certainly see its limitations and mistakes, but they're MY mistakes, so they're much easier to live with than the mistakes you think other people have made on your films. I know there are better films that I've worked on that other people have directed – Apartment Zero, Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, Panic Room, large parts of Spider-Man – those were all greater accomplishments, I think, but they weren't as fully mine as Echoes was. I think the performances were all good, some were great, the scary stuff was scary, and the neighbourhood and the marriage were all believable. So I feel good about that.

    • David: (on his favourite TV program) My favourite TV show is Monday Night Football, or any game in which the Green Bay Packers are playing. Second place (but not that close, nothing can touch the Pack) is the first two seasons of The Sopranos.