When Aline Brosh McKenna pitched her very first script in her first screenwriting class circa 1990, her words were met by a hushed, possibly startled, silence. Her idea was mainstream: “a caper comedy about two girls, one of whom falls in love with someone she thinks is a criminal, but who turns out to be an FBI agent,” she said in her office not far from Temple Israel of Hollywood, where her two sons attend day school. “I just wanted to write a commercial film inspired by all the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s that I loved. I was always looking for a way to update those movies, which had such great female roles.”
A stack of fairy tale books in her office suggests a project that McKenna, with her penchant for Cinderella stories, was perhaps bound to write: Disney’s new live action film, based on the classic fairy tale “Cinderella,” which sold for a reported seven figure pitch, according to Collider.com.
“Most of the time you figure out why you’re drawn to something while you’re writing it,” she said. “I’m drawn to people who are underestimated, or have to fight their way through something. It’s people who make their own lives and their own luck, which is what my parents did.”
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