Participant profile: Larry Karaszewski

In California we meet writer and producer Larry Karaszewski.

Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski

Larry and his writing partner Scott Alexander first met as freshman roommates at USC’s School of Cinema. On a whim, they wrote a screenplay during their senior year, which sold a week after graduation.

They are best known for writing very unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. They wrote the highly–acclaimed Ed Wood (1994), for which they were nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild. They followed this with The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996), for which they won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as a special Writers Guild award for civil rights and liberties. That film won the Golden Bear in Berlin. They also wrote the extremely postmodern Man on the Moon (1999), the life story of Andy Kaufman. All three scripts have been published in book form.

Otherwise, Scott and Larry are quite eclectic. They wrote the hit Stephen King adaptation 1408. They produced the Bob Crane biopic Auto Focus, and they wrote and directed the comedy Screwed.

They have also written numerous family films: Agent Cody Banks (2003), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1992), and That Darn Cat (1997). The Problem Child films were subsequently spun off into a cartoon series and TV movie. Currently they are adapting the Scholastic books Goosebumps, and they are preparing to direct Big Eyes, their biopic of the painters Margaret and Walter Keane.

Larry, born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, worked as a film critic for an NBC affiliate’s nightly news program before writing and directing Beyond Our Control, a weekly half-hour satirical television show. The Midwest-based series won the Grand Prix Award for television at the Chicago International Film Festival.


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