Podcast: Screenwriters Derek Haas, Michael Brandt on The Double

Famed action-thriller screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas take it up a notch to direct and produce their new thriller, The Double. Starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Martin Sheen, the film is about an ex-CIA agent who is suddenly pulled back onto a case he thought was long dead.
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Screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt.

Screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt

Famed action-thriller screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, 2 Fast 2 Furious) take it up a notch to direct and produce their new thriller, The Double. Starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Martin Sheen, the film is about an ex-CIA agent who is suddenly pulled back onto a case he thought was long dead.

Topher Grace and Richard Gere in The Double

Topher Grace and Richard Gere in The Double

Brandt makes his directorial debut with the script co-written Haas, and Haas produces. Script sat down with the writing team to talk about tackling a thriller, staying true to their genre, and producing a passion project from the ground up.

Podcast highlights:

  • "You have to infuse every single scene in a thriller with conflict and tension ..."
  • "The tension has to come organically from the premise of the movie ..."
  • "Too much outlining might mean you're afraid to start writing your script ..."

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