Along with nine other WGA writers, I’ll be headed to France in November to get a backstage tour of Paris and Marseille, in the hopes of finding cinematically interesting people and places. It’s all sponsored by Film France in the hopes of getting more big Hollywood movies shooting there.

It’s a clever idea, one I suspect other countries may follow. 1 Tax breaks and film incentives are great. But when a country has distinct and unreproducible assets like France, it’s smart to get them embedded in the script. And screenwriters are the ones to do it.

Of my movies, Big Fish is the only project that shot in France.

  1. My wish list would include Turkey, Greece, Spain and Iceland.