CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Father of "The Shootist"

The genesis for “The Shootist” began when Glendon
Swarthout learned about a high incident of prostate
cancer among truck drivers.

A professor of Victorian literature,
Swarthout took the idea and transferred the story into
the western genre. Swarthout also noted that the word
“gunfighter” was a modern term and hence the title, “The Shootist.”
Swarthout's previous titles include
“They Came from Cordova,”
“Bless the Beasts and the Children“
and the Fort Lauderdale favorite, “Where the Boys Are.”

Miles Swarthout (Glendon's son) co wrote the screenplay
and is currently writing a sequel to “The Shootist.”
Miles Swarthout commented on his progress;

“I probably won't be finished with ”The Kid Who Shot
the Shootist“ until next summer or fall, I'm at page
246 right now of my first draft,
and have at least 100 pages to go,
but it'll be done when it's revised after that,
Just gotta be good, is all I care about. “
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