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Audio Interview: THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED Screenwriter Mark Frost

Mark Frost (Writer/Producer) is the best-selling author of the non-fiction book The Greatest Game Ever Played, on which he based his screenplay for the film. Frost studied directing, and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University. At the age of 20 he began his television career writing for the sci-fi classic The Six Million Dollar Man, after which he moved to Minneapolis and worked as Literary Associate at the Guthrie Theatre and playwright-in-residence at the Midwestern Playwright’s Lab.

Recently sat down with the writer and talked about his latest project The Greatest Game Ever Played, plus we got in a couple of questions about The Fantastic Four movie, and the FF Sequel. Click below to listen to the uncut, unedited, interview.

> Listen to interview from elclipse magazine web site


After writing and producing documentaries for PBS, Frost received a Writer’s Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work as Executive Story Editor on the celebrated television series Hill Street Blues. His first feature credits came as writer and Associate Producer of The Believers, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Martin Sheen and Jimmy Smits. In 1989, he founded Lynch-Frost Productions with director David Lynch. Together they created and executive produced the legendary ABC series Twin Peaks, receiving four Emmy nominations and a Peabody Award. In 1990 he also created the groundbreaking documentary series American Chronicles. Twentieth Century Fox released Frost’s critically acclaimed directorial feature debut, Storyville, a political thriller starring James Spader and Jason Robards, in 1992.

Frost’s first novel, The List of Seven, became a national bestseller in 1994, and was published around the world in 26 languages. The sequel, The Six Messiahs, was published in 1996, with his third novel, Before I Wake, following in 1998.

In 1999, Frost created and executive produced Buddy Faro, starring Dennis Farina, for CBS. In 2001, he executive produced All Souls for Spelling Television and UPN. He recently published his fifth book, a biography of golfing great Bobby Jones, The Grand Slam.

As a partner in the personal management firm of Morra, Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, Inc., Larry Brezner (Producer) has helped guide the careers of such comedy talents as Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. He found Robin in an acting class in Los Angeles. Billy Crystal was part of a comedy group in New York when Larry first discovered him and convinced him to move to California to pursue a solo career. In addition to personal management, Brezner has produced many feature films and T.V. programs.

Brezner's feature film work began when the firm produced the successful and wildly funny Arthur starring Dudley Moore. In 1987 two projects that Brezner was producing started production in the same week. Both films were represented at the Academy Awards: Robin Williams for his work in Good Morning Vietnam, and Anne Ramsey in a supporting role in Throw Momma From the Train, which starred Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal. Additionally, Brezner produced The Burbs with Tom Hanks in 1988, and the following year Coupe De Ville, directed by Joe Roth.

In his role as producer Larry has worked with many talented actors, including Charles Grodin and Martin Short in Clifford, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, and Kiefer Sutherland in The Vanishing, Bob Hoskins and William Peterson in Passed Away, Geena Davis and James Gandolfini in Angie, Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman in Krippendorf’s Tribe, and Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in The Last Shot. He is currently in active development with projects at various studios including New Line and Disney.

Inspired by Francis Ouimet, the infant sport of golf soon exploded into one of America’s most popular past-times and a source of dreams for numerous young heroes-in-the-making, all the way up to Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam.

But somehow Ouimet’s fantastic story was mostly lost from American culture. Few people even knew his name until award-winning television-writer-turned-novelist Mark Frost (“Hill Street Blues”) wrote a book about Ouimet that highlighted his classic battle on the green with British champion Harry Vardon and his friendship with the hooky-playing, grade-school caddy who talked him through the tournament. Frost’s book was celebrated by critics not only as a heart-stopping sports drama but as a sweeping social history and an emotionally moving tale of a tireless underdog fighting his way to the top.


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