Getting Hitched: An Interview With Writer Kevin BischScreenwriting, Writing Contests | Script Magazine
...Getting Hitched: An Interview With Writer Kevin Bisch
...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.
...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
has a very realistic attitude for a guy who hit one out of the park in one of his
first times up to bat.
HitchBisch 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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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