Writer Doug Richardson Grants Saga of the Inner Workings of Blockbuster Movie ‘Hostage’ Exclusively to Stage32.com

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Social networking website to feature “Writer Held Hostage,” a five-part series detailing Richardson’s life in the trenches during the making of the 2005 film “Hostage” starring Bruce Willis.

Following the wildly successful release of Rex Pickett’s 6-part series “My Life on Spec: The Writing of Sideways,” Stage32.com — the social network for film, television, and theater creatives — has now joined forces with novelist and screenwriter Doug Richardson to bring “Writer Held Hostage” — his amazing narrative of the development of the 2005 blockbuster movie “Hostage” — to the website’s rapidly growing community of writers, directors, actors and film makers.

Stage32.com will publish Richardson’s painstaking account on his efforts to get “Hostage” to the big screen in a 5-part series beginning January 12, with new postings on Mondays and Thursdays.

“I’m pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Stage 32, I’ve agreed to publish ‘Writer Held Hostage,’ ” Richardson said. “Since publishing ‘The Safety Expert’ and blogging my weekly trench tales, I've been astonished in the interest in the war stories. That and ‘Hostage’ was such a strange, difficult, exasperating, yet fondly recalled experience for a writer. And though I readily acknowledge that nearly every production has plenty of crazy stuff to write about, this one resonates for me.”

“Hostage” is based on a novel by Robert Crais, but when Hollywood star Bruce Willis asks Richardson to do a quick rewrite on the screenplay, it’s an offer he can’t refuse — given that Richardson has three other scripts set up at Willis’ production company. It was supposed to be three weeks tops. Not just that, but a favor at a discount price. Fix the dialogue. Crank up the tension and action. Three short weeks and Richardson would be back to his comfortable life.

But that three-week-rewrite-as-a-favor morphed into a year and a half of his life lost to the making of a single movie. “Writer Held Hostage” is a riveting tale of the madness of the Hollywood machine when egos clash, patience thins and tempers rise. Richardson will be available on Stage 32 to answer any questions about “Writer Held Hostage” beginning with Thursday’s post.

“Doug's unflinching look into the screenwriter's experience while working on a major motion picture is nothing short of riveting,” said Richard Botto, co-founder of Stage 32. “Not only does the series offer a blueprint to navigating the complex machinery that is Hollywood, but should serve as an inspiration to any creative that nothing worth doing comes easy, and that will is equally important as talent. I couldn't be more thrilled that Doug has granted this exclusive to the Stage 32 community.”

About Stage32.com
Stage32.com — founded by Curt Blakeney and Richard “RB” Botto and programmed by Derrick Ontiveros — was designed for aspiring and established actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, crew and other like-minded individuals to promote creative growth in the film, television and theater industries. The site fosters and facilitates collaboration between members using tried-and-true social networking concepts.

Launched on August 1, 2011, the site quickly surpassed 25,000 members in 150 countries. Whether someone is looking to fund a film, cast talent in a project, join classes, find a director, get advice or discuss key industry issues, Stage 32 is designed to connect everyone within the industry. Stage 32 is free to join and can be easily linked to an individual’s Facebook account, giving users instant access to their existing contacts and colleagues.

Stage 32 can be found online at http://www.Stage32.com. It can also be accessed via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stage32 or Twitter at @stage32online. Stage 32 is the social network uniquely populated with the most creative people on Earth.

About Doug Richardson
Doug Richardson is an American screenwriter best known for writing the box office smash “Bad Boys,” as well as the adaptation of Walter Wager's novel “58 Minutes,” which became the basis for the sequel “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” and most recently, “Hostage.” In 1989, he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay (“Hell Bent... and Back”) was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. In 1997, his debut novel, “Dark Horse,” was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by the follow-up, “True Believers.”

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