This put me in mind of the original script for The Truman Show, a dark, powerful work set in a dystopic future Manhattan, with none of the frontloading that the film had, i.e., the audience is just as much in the dark about the movie's basic circumstance as is Truman, a tremendously suspenseful and menacing script, as opposed to the the frothy angst of the film. And I wondered if the majority of the crapfests that flicker before our eyes start life as good scripts. Could that be possible? Could Swordfish and Domino have begun as complicated, layered scripts like, say, Chinatown? Probably not. Still, I'd be interested if anyone knows of other incidences of this phenomenon.
Watched Pushing Daisies tonight, the new ABC series. It was surprisingly good--the afro-american sidekick was a cliche, but the whole thing had a nice fairytailish edge, a mixture of Lynch (lots of pie) and Edward Scissorhands all wrapped up in a package that reminded me of the Fractured Fairy Tales on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, complete with old English guy voiceovers. It won't stay good, but if you didn't see it, you might want to catch it before it turns bad.