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A step-by-step guide to how Hollywood kills story, by the writer of the latest Star Trek

A step-by-step guide to how Hollywood kills story, by the writer of the latest Star Trek

Have you ever wondered why every movie has to blow up a city these days, or why the entirety of the planet always hangs in the balance? Why it seems impossible to get a human-sized story into a big-budget film? Screenwriter Damon Lindelof breaks it down in this candid, depressing interview.

Even better, Lindelof takes the folk tale of John Henry, and explains what Hollywood would do with it across multiple different writers, each of them removing part of what made the story special while adding half-baked Hollywood ideas. The fact he knows the formula so well, well enough to take any story through it without stopping to think... yeah. That's kind of scary.

Give this a read, and you'll never wonder about the lack of creativity in Hollywood ever again. Yuck.