Tuesday, March 23, 2010
NEW YORK — Will Fetters is living an aspiring young screenwriter’s dream.
His first script, completed while he was studying political science and prepping for law school at the University of Delaware, just finished a Cinderella journey to production and opened in theaters nationwide this month.
"Remember Me” is directed by Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland”) and has a heavyweight cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin, Chris Cooper and Robert Pattinson of "Twilight” fame. It was Pattinson’s participation in the film as star and executive producer that secured financing and gave the movie an invaluable publicity boost, the screenwriter said.
But it wasn’t Pattinson whom Fetters had in mind while writing the script.
"When you’re a 22-year-old and you don’t know anyone and you’re writing your first script, you have ideals in your head,” Fetters said during a recent press junket. "When I was teaching myself to write, I read ‘American Beauty,’ and Chris Cooper was actually the guy that I had in my head for the cop’s role when I was writing in my apartment in Delaware.
"And when I heard that he was going to do it — that was actually one of the last roles that we cast — that was pretty cool,” he said. "His performance in ‘American Beauty’ stayed with me. And to see him cast in my first movie, that was very, very cool.”
Fetters said he never dreamed his first screenplay, loosely based on an incident in his life, would lure such big-name talent.
"I always thought that if I were lucky this would be a small independent film that would go to Sundance without a distributor,” he said. "But to have this actor (Pattinson) at this moment come on board …. It’s wonderful, but who would have thought?
"My life has changed completely,” Fetters said. "When you’re a young writer, you cross this invisible threshold when you get your first movie made. And the fact that Rob’s involved certainly upped the profile. I got my first job offer right after Rob started to circle this project.
"It’s like high school sometimes in Hollywood, where once someone says this guy’s all right, then it’s OK to date me,” he said. "So, other studios started to send me books to look at. And now I’m in this really uncomfortable position where I have to actually choose what work I do as opposed to just doing whatever I’m offered. So, I have to have some culpability for my own career.”
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