Screenwriter and BILLIONS co-creator Brian Koppelman arranged a life surrounded by writers before he realized he wanted to become one. He and James talk about his career, what it’s like writing with a partner, how characters live on the page and screen, his love of ‘insular worlds with their own language’, and Dylan. Then, H. Perry Horton discusses the five scripts he thinks someone should read to get started writing for film.


Brian and James Discuss:

SAMARKAND by Amin Maalouf

Kurt Vonnegut

Joseph Heller

Gary Gulman

Amy Koppelman (TK guest ep 22)

THE USUAL SUSPECTS (d)irected by Bryan Singer (s)cript by Christopher McQuarrie

ROUNDERS d John Dahl s Brian Koppelman & David Levien

David Levien

Quentin Tarantino

Scott Rosenberg

Callie Khouri

KNOCKAROUND GUYS d,s Koppelman & Levien

OCEAN’S THIRTEEN d Steven Soderbergh s Koppelman & Levien

Bill Buckner

Ken Norton

Duane Bobick

David Mamet

Barry Levinson

Coen brothers

Spike Lee

DINER d,s Levinson

SOLITARY MAN d Koppelman & Levien s Koppelman

Michael Douglas


Paul Giamatti

Damian Lewis

Maggie Siff

HEAT d s Michael Mann

Robert DeNiro

Al Pacino

Bob Dylan

“Highlands” from TIME OUT OF MIND by Bob Dylan

“My Heart’s in the Highlands” by Robert Burns

Neil Young

Haruki Murakami

Perry and James Discuss: 

CHINATOWN d Roman Polanski s Robert Towne

TAXI DRIVER d Martin Scorsese s Paul Schrader

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS d James Foley s David Mamet

PULP FICTION d Quentin Tarantino s Tarantino & Roger Avary

SE7EN d David Fincher s Andrew Kevin Walker



Daniel Craig as JAMES BOND

SHORT CUTS d Robert Altman s Altman & Frank Barhydt based on the short stories of Raymond Carver

MAGNOLIA d s Paul Thomas Anderson

SOLACE d Afonso Poyart s Sean Bailey & Ted Griffin

ALIENS3 d Fincher s David Giler, Walter Hill, & Larry Ferguson

“Express Yourself” “Vogue” by Madonna, videos d Fincher

“Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith, video d Fincher

JUNO d Jason Reitman s Diablo Cody

LITTLE WOMEN d Gillian Armstrong s Robin Swicord

Kathryn Bigelow

Jeff Nichols

Steven Spielberg

MUD d s Nichols

TAKE SHELTER d s Nichols

Terrence Malick


CONTROL d Anton Corbijn s Matt Greenhalgh book by Deborah Curtis

David Lynch

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