On the latest episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Full Writer’s Roundtable, several high-profile screenwriters sit down to discuss a plethora of issues, including their methods and the films that each produced.
The series kicked off with an unusually prepared group of writers. Jon Favreau, 48, who wrote, directed and starred in the food-truck dramedy Chef, once hosted Dinner for Five, a weekly IFC roundtable show with a format very similar to THR’s series; Chris Rock, 49, whose raucous comedy Top Five is garnering the best reviews of his film career, used to grill fellow talents on his HBO talk show; and Gillian Flynn, 43, who adapted her own novel Gone Girl, was a magazine journalist before she became a best-selling author and screenwriter.
They joined blockbuster-maker Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan (Interstellar), 38, and fresh scribes Anthony McCarten (Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything), 53, and Graham Moore (The Imitation Game, the story of British code-breaker Alan Turing), 33, for a lively discussion of “perfect” movies, stinging criticism and what it feels like to get a congratulatory call from Jerry Seinfeld.
Check out their conversation below.