NETWORK OF ENTERTAINING ASIAN AMERICAN TALENT
Summer blockbuster movie season has already begun, which means another big budget Will Smith movie is headed our way. His new superhero-with-issues action film “Hancock” opens July 4th weekend and is expected to make upwards of a zillion dollars.
The film was written by Vietnamese American writer Vy Vincent Ngo, who according to a New York Times article earlier this month, had began shopping around the screenplay (originally entitled “Tonight, He Comes”) nearly a decade ago. The script was praised for its brilliance by studios but was considered impossible to make, presumably for its dark, sexual, and complex look at an imperfect hero.
Info on Ngo was hard to come by, but according to IMDB, he has written scripts for John Woo, Tony Scott, and for the 2004 TV show “Fearless,” and some Google’ing found that he is good friends with actor Dustin Nguyen.
Interestingly enough, Ngo declined to be interviewed for the NY Times article and had his agent simply tell the reporter that he plans to build a school in Vietnam with the money he earns from “Hancock.” Could he be upset with the studio’s alteration of his script? It looks like a significant portion of the violence and sexuality of his original script has been sanitized in order to garner an audience-friendly PG-13 rating and another writer has been added to the film’s credits.
Angry or not, I hope Ngo starts speaking up especially since it looks like he’s a formidable talent.
“Hancock” starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman and directed by Peter Berg opens July 2nd