ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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'Hacksaw Ridge' Review: Mel Gibson Returns With a War Movie About Peace

"Mel Gibson is back, directing the bloody hell out of a war movie about ... peace. You may have issues with the star's past history of anger and intolerance. But you'll have no issue with Hacksaw Ridge, a movie about a different kind of brave heart." To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review: Mel Gibson’s World War II Film Is Remarkable & Inspiring

"It has taken decades for Hollywood to get around to making a movie about World War II hero Desmond Doss, but it hasn’t been the industry’s fault. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle, did not want his story told on the screen and resisted all studio attempts — including those from Darryl F. Zanuck and others — to turn it into a film about his heroic efforts in saving 75 men during the ferocious fight for Hacksaw Ridge. As I say in my video review above, it is no wonder filmmakers came calling because being a conscientious objector and never touching a gun was unheard of for soldiers actively involved in the war." To read more, click here. 

Hacksaw Ridge Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan Talks Heroism and Writing Battlegrounds

"Robert Schenkkan returns to our podcast to discuss heroism and writing battlegrounds in his latest, Hacksaw Ridge - in theaters now." To listen to the podcast, click here.

'Hacksaw Ridge,’ a Gory War Movie for Both Hawks and Doves

LOS ANGELES — Is Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” another “American Sniper”? Mr. Gibson, who has been largely sidelined in Hollywood for a decade because of appalling behavior off camera, may not be that lucky. Directed by Clint Eastwood and telling the true story of a celebrated member of the Navy SEALs, “American Sniper” sold a tremendous $547 million in tickets worldwide in 2014 and was nominated for six Academy Awards. Cultural and commercial lightning of that magnitude rarely strikes twice." To read more, click here.

The Madness and Majesty of “Hacksaw Ridge” The New Yorker

"From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, on the trail of the divine, comes Desmond Doss. We see him as a child, played by Darcy Bryce, scrapping with his brother and clouting him with a brick—the sole occasion, in “Hacksaw Ridge,” on which the hero harms another person. Quaking with guilt, and awaiting a whipping from his drunken father (Hugo Weaving), Desmond stares at a picture on the wall and reads the inscription: “Thou shalt not kill.” To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review: Mel Gibson’s World War II Film Is Remarkable & Inspiring

"It has taken decades for Hollywood to get around to making a movie about World War II hero Desmond Doss, but it hasn’t been the industry’s fault. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle, did not want his story told on the screen and resisted all studio attempts — including those from Darryl F. Zanuck and others — to turn it into a film about his heroic efforts in saving 75 men during the ferocious fight for Hacksaw Ridge. As I say in my video review above, it is no wonder filmmakers came calling because being a conscientious objector and never touching a gun was unheard of for soldiers actively involved in the war. Doss was nearly court-martialed for his refusal to carry or even handle a weapon, but eventually became a medic who turned out to be more brave than just about anyone in his unit — a true uncompromised hero." To read more, click here

WRITER'S BONE - HACKSAW RIDGE - PODCAST

Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Robert Schenkkan—whose credits include “All the Way,” “The Pacific,” “The Quiet American,” and the upcoming “Hacksaw Ridge”—talks to Sean Tuohy about his career and how he helped bring U.S. Army medic Desmond T. Doss’s story to the screen. To listen to the podcast, click here.

The Madness and Majesty of “Hacksaw Ridge”

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, on the trail of the divine, comes Desmond Doss. We see him as a child, played by Darcy Bryce, scrapping with his brother and clouting him with a brick—the sole occasion, in “Hacksaw Ridge,” on which the hero harms another person. Quaking with guilt, and awaiting a whipping from his drunken father (Hugo Weaving), Desmond stares at a picture on the wall and reads the inscription: “Thou shalt not kill.” To read more, click here.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to bring the story of the Ku Klux Klan to the big screen

The film "K Troop" will examine the roots of the organization that advocated white supremacy and its conflict with the American army. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and screenwriter Robert Schenkkan are working on the development of the feature to be produced by Amazon Studios. To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & ‘All The Way’ Writer Robert Schenkkan To Pen Amazon’s KKK Movie

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schenkkan, the Pulitzer-winning playwright who penned the LBJ play and movie All The Way and who co-wrote the screenplay for Mel Gibson’s upcoming Hacksaw Ridge, has a new hot-button project. He has been tapped to write Amazon StudiosK Troop. This is the pic that will  chronicle the rise of the KKK in the American South in 1860s and the man who led the U.S. Army’s elite K Troop that brutally fought the group in 1871. To read more, click here.

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