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It takes a talented writer to craft a truly great screenplay, but becoming a Francis Ford Coppola, a Woody Allen, or a Lawrence Kasdan, that takes something really special. For all of their talent and awards, though, any writer can make a real bomb, and these 7 award-winning are not impervious to it. Read on for 7 celebrated screenwriters who wrote some real movie bombs.
1. Woody Allen – Woody Allen has been nominated 16 times at the Academy Awards just for his writing, not including his directing and acting nominations, and he has won 3 times for Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters and Midnight in Paris. No matter the opinion on Allen in his personal life, he is a talented writer. When he is on he is on. When he is off, though, he is really, really off. Some of his bombs have included 2014’s Magic in the Moonlight, 2009’s Whatever Works, 2007’s Cassandra’s Dream, and 2006’s Scoop, which were all panned critically.
2. Joel and Ethan Coen – The Coen brothers almost never miss as writers and directors, winning Academy Awards for their screenplays for No Country for Old Men and Fargo. They are responsible, however, for the 2004 remake of The Ladykillers with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans. Remaking The Ladykillers was a mistake from the start. They should have known better.
3. Paul Haggis – Paul Haggis was nominated for his work on Million Dollar Baby and Letters from Iwo Jima, and he won an Oscar for his screenplay for Crash. He is also responsible for writing the talent bomb Third Person and The Next Three Days, and for Third Person alone, he deserves to be on this list. It is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
4. Francis Ford Coppola – Francis Ford Coppola, the man responsible for the Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation, does not have a spotless filmography. He is also the screenwriter of 2012’s Twixt, starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning. Nobody’s perfect, and considering the classics he created, Twixt is just a bump in the road.
5. Cameron Crowe – Cameron Crowe wrote Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, and one of the best narrative films ever made about the music industry, Almost Famous. 2005’s Elizabethtown, however, was not well received by critics, and Kirsten Dunst’s character is often cited as an example of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
6. Lawrence Kasdan – Lawrence Kasdan’s career has spanned science fiction with The Empire Strikes Back, ensemble drama with The Big Chill, and Western with Silverado and Wyatt Earp. As a writer, he has amazing range, but his adaptation of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher, which he also directed, was critically panned and a flop at the box office.
7. Oliver Stone – Oliver Stone is divisive as a writer-director with people tending to love or hate his work. Through the years, he has received 6 Oscar nominations for his screenplays, and he won in 1979 for Midnight Express. In recent years, though, he has written some real bombs like 2004’s Alexander, which earned him two Razzie nominations for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay, and 2012’s Savages.