June 14, 2024

Carrie Fisher: Script Doctor

In addition to being an accomplished actor, the late Carrie Fisher was also an acclaimed writer, penning the books Postcards from the Edge, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful There Is, Hollywood MomsWishful Drinking, Shockaholic, and last year’s The Princess Diarist, in addition to the screenplays for Postcards from the Edge, These Old Broads, and E-Girl. Lesser known was Fisher’s work as a script doctor. Many writers make a career out of cleaning up troubled screenplays, although they are not always credited for doing so. Fisher was among those writers. The screenplays on which she worked had a pretty broad range, from the Coen Brothers to George Lucas. Here is a list of the scripts she helped clean up:

  • Hook (1991)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  • Sister Act (1992)
  • Made in America (1993)
  • Last Action Hero (1993)
  • So I Married an Ax Murderer (1993)
  • My Girl 2 (1994)
  • Milk Money (1994)
  • The River Wild (1994)
  • Love Affair (1994)
  • Outbreak (1995)
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • The Wedding Singer (1998)
  • The Out-of-Towners (1998)
  • Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Coyote Ugly (2000)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Kate & Leopold (2001)
  • Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

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