Saturday, January 31, 2015
Blast from the past: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" Title Sequence
Once upon a time, let's say early 1989, I worked in the offices of Joel Silver, a big-timey producer with a big list of credits, a big presence and a big booming voice that I mostly tried to stay clear of. My job? Keep the fridge stocked with Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink, the incoming scripts filed, and the phones answered. And to make sure if Shane Black called, to put him through.
Black was the writer of the moment; he was the guy who'd written Lethal Weapon, the 1987 mega-hit that spawned a franchise and kept Joel Silver sitting financially pretty in his Frank Lloyd Wright house on a hill. Shane Black was a 26 year old hot shot who could do no wrong. I put him through.
Black become one of Hollywood's lasting success stories; in 2005 he made his directorial debut with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and True Detective's Michelle Monaghan. Also produced by Joel Silver among others, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is the comic screen adaptation of — very loosely — Bodies Are Where You Find Them, a pulpy 1940's mystery written by Brett Halliday. Right now Black is back in his writer/director chair helming The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Bassinger, Matt Bomer and Jack Killmer — a dead ringer for his dad— another Joel Silver-produced thriller set in the seedy world of the 1970's porn industry.