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The film was written by Kevin ...
www.hkfilms.com, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
The film was written by Kevin Bisch and produced by James Lassiter, Will Smith and Teddy Zee.
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The germ of the idea came from screenwriter Kevin Bisch's experiences in college when, after a series of dates with different women, he realized he usually wound up sitting on the edge of their beds going through photo albums.In trying to discover why these women were fixated on showing him their photo albums, Bisch says he had a revelation.
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"I think that's what makes the character of Hitch so appealing," says Bisch.
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KEVIN BISCH (Written by) is making his screenwriting debut.
Bisch was raised in Long Island, New York.After college he moved to Prague where he co-founded a trends and events magazine for other American ex-patriates.Upon his return to the States, Bisch moved to Manhattan and went on to work as an editor at Details magazine and a contributor to The New York Times' "Style" section.
Bisch currently is adapting the memoir Honeymoon with My Brother for Columbia Pictures.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
TheStar.com - Renegade mag has Vice grip on hip
www.thestar.ca, 13 April 2004 [cached]
Kevin Bisch of Details Magazine recently wrote, "It's hard to believe that the hottest thing in New York right now comes from Montreal."
getting hitched
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Kevin Bisch
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Unlike most tinsel town successes, Kevin Bisch had to give up on a dream to make it in Hollywood.The scribe of the new comedy-romance Hitch had dreamed since he was a boy in Long Island of becoming a great magazine writer in New York.But in 2000, after half a dozen years in the trade, the then associate editor for Details magazine decided his pursuit was a bust.
The revelation came when he was required to meet with a cosmetics company pitching a new line of male makeup."They sat me down and asked me 'Kevin, what do you dislike most about your appearance?' and I just said, 'That's it,'" he recalls."I realized that it's not 1968, and this is not Esquire and I may not be Tom Wolfe."
He left Details shortly thereafter and, under the tutelage of a screenwriting friend, set about learning the craft.By spring of '01 he was in L.A. and had sold Hitch.Bisch spoke with the Writers Guild of America, west about taking that fateful plunge, having a big-time movie bow, and how he strives to write movies with universal appeal.
DVDpedia | Library
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Writer: Kevin Bisch
Getting Hitched: An Interview With Writer ...
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Getting Hitched: An Interview With Writer Kevin BischScreenwriting, Writing Contests | Script Magazine
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Getting Hitched: An Interview With Writer Kevin Bisch
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Columnist Rachel Wimberly sits down with Kevin Bisch to discuss the writing of Hitch, a film that amazingly became the highest-grossing weekend rom-com in history.
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Well, if you're Kevin Bisch, screenwriter of the hit rom-com Hitch, you ask your agents not tell you about the avalanche of calls and offers that are coming in and you keep working under deadline on another project.
"How do you keep this right-sized in your life when you still have work to do?"Bisch asks.He has a very realistic attitude for a guy who hit one out of the park in one of his first times up to bat.
Hitch
Bisch was working as an associate editor for Details Magazine in New York City when the seeds of the story began to percolate.A friend of Bisch's used to call him up and ask his advice on where he should take his dates.Bisch often heard of places to go and things to do and offered up numerous suggestions."We said, 'What if there was a service like this?'", Bisch says.
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Writing romantic comedies can be particularly challenging, but Bisch had what he calls a "eureka moment" when he realized most of them are from a female point of view."I wanted to write a movie that acknowledged the boyfriend in the audience," he says.The whole dating scene was "confounding" to Bisch and he wanted to capture the intricacies of it from a guy's standpoint onscreen.That's when he came up with the "basic principles" that are part of the opening monologue by Will Smith.The primary principle being "Any man could sweep any woman off her feet," Bisch says.
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"In a romantic comedy you want all these moving parts to fit together," Bisch says."It was hard work."
He wrote the script in about eight months and sent it to an agent who had read, and passed, on another one of his scripts.The agent agreed to represent Bisch and sent the script to Will Smith's production company."At the time they were actively looking for a romantic comedy for Will," Bisch says.
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Bisch remembers exactly where he was when he got the call: "I was in a light rain on Elizabeth Street in New York at 9:00 at night," he says.
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Once the script sold, Bisch concedes the hard work began-the revisions."I had no experience being critiqued at this kind of level and getting studio notes," he says."We had this big attachment and the stakes were high."In the three-year development process, Bisch says a lot of things went right, such as working with great executives.He learned a lot of lessons during the process, especially the importance of collaborating with an open mind."If you think you're the smartest person in the world, you're in big trouble," he says."You have to be confident in your idea, yet open to other people's input."
The version of Hitch that hit the theaters had some very different elements in it than the original draft Bisch sold to Columbia.The Kevin James character was not even in the selling draft."It was more of a cat-and-mouse game between Will and Eva," Bisch says.
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Bisch asks."It's different seeing something with warm bodies."
With six more projects in the works, Bisch's game is definitely in top form.He's currently working on Honeymoon With My Brother based upon the true story of a man who's jilted right before his wedding and takes his brother on his honeymoon.With the success of Hitch there's inevitably going to be more offers, but for now Bisch says he doesn't want to start wondering if every line he's currently writing is a number-one movie line.But, that doesn't mean he's immune to the fact that Hitch set box-office records for a romantic comedy."My head is still buzzing a little bit," Bisch says.
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