Mamet: Movie Development Is Nonsense

David Mamet hits out at the development process in Hollywood, where supposedly movie projects are whipped into shape. “The young, warped by an educational system selling them perpetual adolescence, mistake the battleground for the struggle: they believe that make-work in that one-time area of strife and creation, Hollywood, somehow conveys to them the status of actually working in the Movie Business. It is as if a picnicker at the Gettysburg Memorial Park considered himself a soldier. Just as the Scholastic Aptitude Test measures the ability of the applicant to take that test, the bureaucratic rigours of the ‘development’ process probe the neophytes’ threshold for boredom, repetition, and nonsense.”