Writer Tom Mankiewicz’s Quitting Mark On Richard Donner’s Superman Films Landed Him In Trouble – /Film

As Mankiewicz explains, “The WGA (Writer’s Guild of America), DGA (Director’s Guild of America), and everybody else, they say, ‘writer, screenwriter, and director.’ You don’t put a writer and another title after the writers, it’s not finished.”

According to Mankiewicz, the reason why he did a lot of additional work for “Superman” is because the producers, Ilya and Alexander Salkind, did not have experience in film production. The Salkinds are really bad chase Donner three-fourths of the way to “Superman II,” which was shot back-to-back and was originally part of a 400-page script like “Superman.”

Mankiewicz, meanwhile, had his own problems with the WGA over what put his name in the “Superman” credits. In the same interview, he revealed:

“The Writers Guild sued me, in the sense that they called me to court with the head of the guild and everyone else, including Warner Bros.’ legal department I showed them thirteen tours of London after I wrote (‘Superman’) – then it was the editing, the score, and I said it reflected what I had done and I really regret putting it in because I don’t know that’s what they’re going to put in there and they say, ‘Okay, but in ‘Superman II’ we want to correct it, should come before the writers,’ that’s what happened. That’s how that debt came about and (was) banned later by the Writers Guild. It’s called the ‘Tom Mankiewicz rule.’ Secretly, there is no such thing as a ‘design consultant’.

The average movie viewer will not be able to register that the name of Mankiewicz follows the writers in “Superman,” but before them in “Superman II,” but it is a tool in the planning how to keep writers in the future on the screen. The “Superman” credits saga didn’t end there, though.

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