Wednesday, April 13, 2005

‘Twilight Zone’ Writer Not In Twilight Of Career

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Author Richard Matheson may be in his twilight years but he’s not yet in the twilight of his career.

Matheson – who wrote some of the most popular episodes of The Twilight Zone as well as the 1980 romance classic Somewhere In Time – just turned 79, but he still writes at least four hours a day and claims he’s “never had a case of writer’s block.”

This year should be a bookend for Matheson. He’s written the screenplays for two new films, It Waits and The Box; and Keenan Ivory Wayans is doing a remake of his 1950s sci-fi classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man.

In addition, Matheson is also publishing a new suspense novel, Woman (Gauntlet Publications), that he says deals with the lack of progress women have made for equality and imagines “what might happen if nature decided to take a hand.”

Matheson expects the book will become a film and, unlike some authors, he’s not worried about the results. In his words, “Someone once told Raymond Chandler, “That movie they did ruined your book’ and he took a copy off his shelf and said, ‘No. It’s still here.’”

Woman will be in bookstores starting in June.

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