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Wesley Strick

Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick began his writing career as a rock critic and journalist, contributing articles and reviews in the late 1970’s to Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone.
 
Strick’s first screenplay, the James Woods/Robert Downey Jr. courtroom drama True Believer, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Motion Picture in 1989. His screenplay for Mike Nichols’ Wolf, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson, won a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film of 1994. He’s written, rewritten and co-written a wide variety of Hollywood films, from the horror-comedy Arachnophobia to the melodrama Return To Paradise to the videogame adaptation Doom. In the early 1990's, Strick penned the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear.
 
Strick’s first novel, Out There In The Dark, was published in 2006 by St. Martin’s Press. 2010 saw the release of his "reboot" of A Nightmare On Elm Street starring Jackie Earle Haley and Rooney Mara. The movie won Favorite Horror Film at the People’s Choice Awards. Strick’s script for Loft (a remake of the 2005 Belgian thriller, produced by Joel Silver) is currently in post-production. In 2011, Wesley adapted I Slept With Joey Ramone, a memoir by Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh, for Fox Searchlight.
 
Strick has served as an advisor at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab since 1995.

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Television: Symbolist Coffee Break: A Dream Date With T.V.

Interview by Wesley Strick, Gig, September 1976

IF IT CAN boast nothing more, Television bears the distinction of being Manhattan's most written-up, unrecorded band. Given the availability of press hype, you don't ...

The Ramones: Short Hairs: Ramones

Profile and Interview by Wesley Strick, Blast, October 1976

IF THE BAY City Rollers were weaned on Manhattan Clam Chowder instead of Scotch Broth, they'd be the Ramones. Oh, yeah? ...

Roy Harper: Short Hairs: Roy Harper

Review and Interview by Wesley Strick, Blast, October 1976

ROY HARPER is a difficult artist. Roy Harper is a British-born singer, musician and poet. He's not a Rock Star and he doesn't want to ...

Thin Lizzy: Tonight There's Gonna Be Trouble!

Profile and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 30 December 1976

Thin Lizzy Stalks the Fury of Fandom. By Wesley Strick ...

Bernie Taupin, Elton John: Elton John: Elton's Blue Moves

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 17 January 1977

In One Era and Out Another ...

Queen: A Day at the Races Is A Self-Made Masterpiece

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 31 January 1977

IT WAS SOME WEEKS BACK, and Europe's biggest rock band had four months' studio time behind them, and two weeks ahead. "It feels like we've ...

Nazareth's Game Plan: Fight It Out Until It's Right

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 14 February 1977

IN GERMANY, their rock-hard rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'This Flight Tonight' won an award for chart longevity. On their recent 13-date cross-Canadian tour, they played ...

Brian Eno, David Bowie, Iggy Pop: Bowie Now: New Songs for Day and Night

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 28 February 1977

THESE ARE the facts:David Bowie's latest album, Low, is two-sided. Side One contains seven crypto-disco tracks, no track shorter than 1:42 or longer than 3:26. ...

Queen: A Day At The Races (Elektra)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, 28 February 1977

OKAY, SO they're effete, flaky, fey. And proud. So what? This (sort-of) sequel (self-produced) to A Night at the Opera reeks of arch naivete. Freddie Mercury warbles ...

Bad Company's Burning Sky

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 17 March 1977

Rodgers and Ralphs Mix Celestial Magic At Chopin's Chateau ...

Bad Company: "We're the Best Group in the World"

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 31 March 1977

Mick Ralphs Rolls Out the Bad Company Red Carpet ...

Starz Story

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 28 April 1977

The Sweetly Shocking Rockers Who Brought You 'Pull the Plug' Are Back With Their Second LP Violation. ...

The Hollywood Stars: Hollywood Stars: Hollywood Stars (Arista)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, 9 May 1977

THEY KIND of sound like a network game show, don't they? Frisky with the promise of big bucks for the right formula. Eager but not ...

Iggy Pop: The Idiot (RCA Victor)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, 12 May 1977

IN 1974, RAY Manzarek invited Iggy Pop to front for the Doors. It's said that Iggy dyed his hair jet black to suit the part. ...

Iggy Pop's Revenge

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 26 May 1977

The Return, In Relative Good Health, Of Rock's Ragged Edge ...

Nils Lofgren: I Came to Dance (A&M)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, 9 June 1977

NILS GOT A haircut. Check the sleek black cover of Lofgren's latest — he looks like a troublemaker. A certified Travis Bickle time-bomb, Nils is ...

Led Zeppelin: The Tour In Progress: Jimmy Plage Files His Report

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 9 June 1977

ROBERT PLANT comes bouncing into the hotel room in satin blouse, second-skin denims and high-heeled sneakers. "We've got a new Jimmy Page," he crows. "He's ...

Led Zeppelin Plays It For Fun

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 23 June 1977

Jimmy Page Pauses for a Few Words about Roots, Keith Richards and Zep's Musical Karma ...

Kiss: Love Gun Is a Real Bazooka

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 4 August 1977

Behind the Scenes of the First Kiss Simulated Concept LP ...

Peter Frampton: Philadelphia Screams for More

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 18 August 1977

Frampton Previews I'm In You Before 90,000 Expectant Fans ...

Hall & Oates: Back Together Again

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 13 October 1977

Hall & Oates Abandon Philly Soul ID, Adopt Heavy Metal Stance ...

Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue (Caribou)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, November 1977

THIS BIG, BRAVE album — the only Beach Boys solo spin-off ever — is a small revelation. No one who has heard Dennis croak 'You ...

The Sex Pistols Are Cocked

Report by Wesley Strick, Circus, 5 January 1978

Will Their Punk Madness Spread to the States? ...

KISS: The Well-Kept Kiss Secret

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 5 January 1978

Photographing Gene Simmons Reveals the Minds Behind the Masquerade ...

Boz Scaggs Treads the MOR Tightrope

Profile and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 16 February 1978

Down Two Then Left Plays Funk Against Fancy ...

Jackson Browne Thrives on the Endless Road

Profile and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, 2 March 1978

LATE LAST summer, Jackson Browne sipped a glass of Burgundy backstage and said, "I'm touring with the Section, who are the best studio players in ...

Joni Mitchell Meets Don Juan's Reckless Daughter

Report by Wesley Strick, Circus, 2 March 1978

NINETEEN SEVENTY EIGHT is a watershed year for Joni Mitchell; Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Asylum) is the superlative singer-songwriter's tenth album; its release marks the ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Warner Bros.)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, 2 March 1978

Johnny Rotten Assaults Rock & Roll ...

Blondie: Plastic Letters (Chrysalis)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, 11 May 1978

ABOVE ALL, Blondie is supposed to be about Fun — the group even printed a defensive Fun Manifesto on the liner of its debut Private ...

Todd Rundgren: Hermit Of Mink Hollow (Bearsville)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, August 1978

TODD RUNDGREN OPENS HIS EYES ...

Radio Birdman: Radios Appear (Sire SRK 6050)

Review by Wesley Strick, Rolling Stone, 24 August 1978

THE SAINTS' recent emigration to England reopens the question: is there punk after Perth? In Sydney, which some describe as Canoga Park on the far ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flamin' Groovies: Now (Sire SRK6059)

Review by Wesley Strick, Rolling Stone, 7 September 1978

IT SEEMS PERVERSE, even mordant, to call the new Flamin' Groovies album Now. But since Low and Wow have been taken, Now must serve as ...

Heart Gets Back on the Right Beat

Interview by Wesley Strick, Rolling Stone, 30 November 1978

Legal battles behind them ...

Eric Carmen: Change Of Heart (Arista)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, February 1979

FIRST THE FACTS: A record that leads off with something called the 'Desperate Fools Overture', which sounds like Chicken George's love theme, is not a ...

Olivia Newton-John: Totally Hot (MCA)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, March 1979

OLIVIA NEWTON-John lost her virginity on the cover of her Greatest Hits album, released last year. Inside the grooves, though, she was caught begging sadistic ...

Adam & The Ants: Kings Of The Wild Frontier (Epic)

Review by Wesley Strick, Creem, April 1981

THIS IS ridiculous. ...

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