My Bumpy Road Through “Hollywood” — The MURDER of James Dean

THE MURDER OF JAMES DEAN is a comedy short film project from an award-winning screenplay by Michael R. Barnard.

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It’s Hollywood.
A story like this will change their lives.
If they don’t kill each other first.

We are going to make this award-winning comedy short film.

Here’s the story:

An old man, treated like an over-the-hill screenwriter at the twilight of his career, fights the idea that he is too old to be valid.

A young man, treated like an immature child wannabe producer, fights the idea that he is too young to be valid.

They collide when a big opportunity brings them together: a conspiracy theory that would make a big movie.

The old man has the chance to write the screenplay, the young man has a chance to produce it.

They annoy the hell out of each other. They, and everyone, play the games so common in Hollywood.

When the games unravel, hopes begin to fade.

THE MURDER OF JAMES DEAN is a comedy short film script about a conspiracy theory about Dean’s accident.

His “death car,” nicknamed Little Bastard, was a 1955 Porsche 550A RS Spyder.


The James Dean “death car”: 1955 Porsche 550A RS Spyder

That Porsche has its own litany of conspiracy theories! (See “James Dean Death Car” on and “60 years after James Dean’s death, ‘cursed’ car mystery continues” on
We will go into production on THE MURDER OF JAMES DEAN after raising funds via the Seed & Spark crowdfunding site for indie filmmakers.

From Variety:

JAMES DEAN Variety story

Sept. 30, 1955 
Small-Screen Brilliance Helped James Dean Forge Legacy
Sept. 30 marks the anniversary of the death of James Dean, who built a 60-year legacy based on only three movies. But before his big-screen debut in the 1955 “East of Eden,” Dean appeared in dozens of TV works. In a Sept. 2, 1953, review of CBS drama “Death Is My Neighbor,” Variety reviewer Bob Chandler said the show featured some well-known actors, but “comparative newcomer James Dean stole the spotlight…. He’s got quite a future ahead of him.” A year after his 1955 fatal car crash, Variety ran a front-page story headlined, “WB Consults Psychologists on Handling ‘Giant’ Problem of James Dean Cultism.” Even after his death, Dean was receiving 5,000 to 6,000 fan letters a week, and the studio was trying to deal with them as it prepared the release of “Giant,” hi third film. The story concluded: “The amazing popularity of Dean goes beyond ordinary dimensions. He is some sort of a symbol – though exactly what sort is not yet fully evaluated.”


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