Why is This Not a Movie?: The Nice Guys 2 w/Scott Myers

2016’s The Nice Guys was a terrific action comedy, with a smart script by Shane Black, and two charismatic, bankable leads in Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe. But it barely made its budget back and was quickly forgotten.

Screenwriter Scott Myers, who also runs Go Into the Story, the screenwriting blog for The Black list, joins us to talk about why Hollywood has lost interest in action comedies, AI and the aftermath of the WGA strike (which was resolved the day we recorded this), and why The Nice Guys deserved either several sequels or a limited series. Myers is also the author of The Protagonist’s Journey, a book about screenwriting and storytelling, and we talk a fair amount about both in this episode.