In the final chapter of our interview, Rowdy gets into what movies he’s working on now and what Hollywood is doing today.
B&S: What’s the last movie that impressed you?
ROWDY: I really liked Roma. I know that it is what it is. I also liked Green Book a lot. I like the values in it. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — that was a hoot. I wasn’t a fan of A Star Is Born. After the love story took off, it was a trainwreck. I didn’t love it. But Roma — the man (Alfonso Cuarón) is a great artist.
B&S: Any projects you’d like us to know about?
ROWDY: I’ve got a lot of stuff happening. I pitched three limited series ideas to Warner Brothers last week and I have a project called The Unseen that CAA is taking to Netflix, which I wrote with two friends. It’s about a maximum-security prison in Alaska and there’s a blizzard on the associate warden’s last day on the job. The new guy coming in is a prick and then there’s an earthquake — a 9.2 — and it busts the whole prison open. You have the rival factions inside the prison all at war, but then out of the crack, this prehistoric creature emerges! (Laughs) They all have to work together to fight the thing.
B&S: I love that that’s the last part of your pitch. And oh, by the way, there’s this prehistoric creature.
ROWDY: The prison was built in a place the Inuits would never go because it was the place of the Unseen. If anyone did go there, they never came back. So they built a prison there and, well, boom.
Netflix is interested in interactive features where the audience gets to choose places in the story that can go different directions. This one is being pitched like that, as an interactive feature. I’m encouraged, so we’ll see.
I’m also doing a rewrite on that movie I mentioned earlier, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Scott Eastwood as the lead. It’s going to be fun.
At Christmas, I have a book coming out set in a coal mining town in the 1930’s. It’s a true story about my mother and I’m very proud of it. It’s a novella. I wrote it as a script first but I wasn’t able to sell it because it’s about a young girl finding out the truth about Santa Claus. Hard to make a holiday film when the kids find out Santa doesn’t exist! But it’s a great coming of age story, so I wrote it as a book. Look for it — it’s called Father Christmas. Help me out! Spread the word!
Thanks to Rowdy Herrington for sitting down and spending so much time with us. We’ll share more info on his latest projects when he has more to tell about them!