"Fire With Fire" was screenwriter Warren Skaaren
's big break.
In 1983, he had just completed the script OF EAST AND WEST, about Nepalese soldiers the Gurkhas. Although the script was never produced, it gained Skaaren an agent, Mike Simpson at the William Morris Agency and attracted the attention of Dawn Steel at Paramount, who hired Skaaren to rewrite the screenplay of "Fire With Fire".
Following this movie, Skaaren was hired to rewrite the script of TOP GUN and it's huge box-office success established his reputation as a "script doctor." Skaaren later went on to work on the scripts of BEVERLY HILLS COP II, BEETLEJUICE, and BATMAN.
Skaaren tragically died prematurely of bone cancer in Austin, Texas, on December 28, 1990.