Making Fire With Fire
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The article dealt with the two young people meeting each other at a school dance put on for the boys.
Screenwriters Bill Phillips, Warren Skaaren and Paul & Sharon Boorstin slightly altered that set up and created the rest of the story which leads up to the dance and follows the young lovers through the thrilling climax.
He had previously created videos for such blockbuster groups as the Eurythmics, WHAM as well as scores of others in his native England. It was Gibbins work on his "Smuggler's Blues" to Glen Frey's clip that won him the 1985 MTV Award for the Best Concept Video.
He tragically died at just 41 years old, in the L.A. fires while trying to rescue his Seal-Point cat, Elsa, who survived.
Gibbins had lived in a guest house on a 10-acre estate owned by Peter Alexander, an art dealer, who fled the blaze that started near the property.
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.
Next Section: Deleted Scenes
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The scene isn't very long but it's pretty critical.
After Baxter grabs Lisa she walks away but Joe loses her in the crowd long enough for her to wind up behind him. That's when she introduces herself and they speak for the first time.
She asks him to dance and during the dance (slow dance) they talk. He asks her if she saw him in the forest and she smiles and replies, "Of course I saw you. That's why you're here." And he finally figured it out. From that point on, they are together.
Big scene to cut out on any version! I love it because she is the dominant one and anyone can see that he is surprised, for once, to be the one that's taken care of. At least in my opinion.
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