Writer, director, and producer James L. Brooks
has had the pleasure of producing some attention-grabbing debut films, including Say Anything
and Bottle Rocket
. The latest project Brooks felt compelled to support, The Edge of Seventeen
, is the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig
, whose first produced script was the 2009 feature Post Grad
Craig’s film is a refreshingly honest comedy. Its high-school kids actually look, talk, and act like high-school kids. Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld
), her favorite teacher (Woody Harrelson
), and her family and friends aren’t archetypes. Like some of James L. Brooks
’ best characters, they’re immediately recognizable.
The Academy Award-winning writer-director behind Terms of Endearment
, Broadcast News
, and As Good as It Gets
, recently discussed Craig’s film with us, his approach to producing, and how to best serve a movie.
The Film Stage: The second draft of the script was what really resonated with you, correct?James L. Brooks