Josef Eszterhas is a controversial Hungarian-American screenplay writer, best known for his screenplays for the films ‘Basic Instinct’ and ‘Showgirls’.
Eszterhas was nominated for a National Book Award for his nonfiction work ‘Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse’ in 1974. Since then, he has written screenplays, which include a contribution to ‘Flashdance’ (1983) and the films ‘Jagged Edge’, ‘Jade’, ‘Betrayed’, and ‘Sliver’. He was paid three million dollars for the ‘Basic Instinct’ screenplay, which was the highest amount of money paid for a screenplay at the time. His screenplay for the 1995 ‘Showgirls’ won that year’s Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay, but has since become a cult classic.
After the success of ‘Basic Instinct’, Eszterhas began producing, making two films in 1997, both of which he wrote. The films, ‘Telling Lies in America’ and ‘An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn’ were followed by ‘Children of Glory’, released in 2006. He has also written several best-selling books, including ‘American Rhapsody’ and ‘Hollywood Animal’.
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