The ''Man in the Moon'' scribes name scripts that inspired them

By Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Updated October 25, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

CHINATOWN by Robert Towne
”The obvious ones are the greatly constructed screenplays. [This is] a masterpiece of plot construction.”

HEATHERS by Daniel Waters
”The original script for Heathers is a great script to read because the dialogue is so sharp and so funny and I think [Waters] really was very ahead of his time in terms of what they’re doing in the teen stuff these days. That original script is hysterical.”

WATCHMEN by Sam Hamm
”Best action script ever. For the freaks that want to find the greatest, most expensive unproduced extravaganza never made. It was Sam Hamm’s script after Batman, also based on a comic novella. and it was extraordinary at the time. I imagine it fits right into the whole X-Men universe that’s there right now.”