Walter Hill's Interesting Facts

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1 Co-founder of "Brandywine Productions" with David Giler and Gordon Carroll, a film company most famously associated with the 'Alien' series of films.
2 Credits his spare writing style to an enormous influence on him from Alexander Jacobs's script for Point Blank (1967), which he read while initially trying to enter the film industry.
3 Profiled in "American Classic Screen Interviews" (Scarecrow Press).
4 Stated on the DVD introduction for the Ultimate Director's Cut on The Warriors (1979) that he is against making special editions to his own films because he feels that movies should speak for themselves and do not demand as he describes "special explanations and long apologies".
5 Born on the same day as Nelson Carvajal.
6 Received the prestigious Joseph Plateau Award at the Flanders International Film Festival. The Joseph Plateau Life Time Achievement Award, considered the festival's highest honor, recognized Hill's achievement in filmmaking as a writer, director and producer, and was presented during the 34th edition of the festival in Ghent, Belgium (October 9th - 20th).
7 Originally planned for his Streets of Fire (1984) to be the first in a trilogy of films centering on the character of Tom Cody, played by Michael Paré, but the film's box office failure put an end to that project.
8 His film Streets of Fire (1984) is said to have been an influence on the Japanese anime series Bubblegum Crisis.
9 Was originally meant to direct Alien (1979).
10 Was set to direct the remake of John Woo's The Killer (1989) (aka The Killer), with Richard Gere as the Yun-Fat Chow character and with Denzel Washington as the Danny Lee character. But due to creative conflicts, Hill left the project.
11 His favourites directors are John Ford, Howard Hawks, John Huston, Raoul Walsh, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone.
12 Is an avid fan of John Wayne. When The Duke saw Hard Times (1975), he wanted Hill to helm his last film, The Shootist (1976). But Hill refused because he didn't want to see his hero dying in a movie.
13 Is a specialist of crime novels.
14 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 433-438. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
15 He once said in an interview that he considers all of his films as a director westerns. If you look closely, you can see western touches, such as revolvers, Winchester rifles and cowboy hats in all of his work.
Sources:
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