“A week later [my agent] called with news that the folks at Starsky and Hutch had read my screenplay and didn’t think I had what it took to work on the show. I told my agent I was on page 108 of my new script and he should not to anything rash. I’d call him as soon as I was done. I thought I had bought myself another week or so.
But when I came into my job the next day, there was a message that my agent had called. Could he have changed his mind overnight? Of course he could. After nine years of writing screenplays without success, I believed only bad things were going to happen.
But what he had to tell me wasn’t bad. It was kind of miraculous. After two years and all that rejection, suddenly two different parties were interested in my thriller—which was called The Bodyguard.”
Four time Oscar nominated writer/director Lawrence Kasden (Grand Canyon, The Big Chill)
Kasden also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat, and Star Wars: Episode IV—Return of the Jedi
From The First Time I Got Paid For It edited by Peter Lefcourt and Laura J. Shapiro
P.S. Kasden sold The Bodyguard in the 70s but it would take more than a decade for the film to get made.
From West Virginia to Hollywood (Kasden’s journey)