David Simkins is well known as a writer for both the big and small screen, writing ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING and working on shows like Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and Lois & Clark, but it was a surprise to us that he started his career working as a development executive at New World Pictures. In fact, Simkins was critical to the studio making 1984’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN, so we had to interview him for #Corntober! Simkins takes us through his early years working on the high school sketch show Beyond Our Control, to working at New World Pictures, crushing on Linda Hamilton, and pitching ideas to the executives, one of which became a beloved Christmas classic (to some). Then we discuss then working with Debra Hill, how Simkins invented “quiet quitting,” what Coen Brothers movie New World had a chance to release but didn’t, and Simkins’s TV work, from Brisco County Jr. to the Sam Raimi show Spy Game to recent work on Powers and Wu Assassins. Jump in, the children demand it!
Bonus Episode: Interview with screenwriter David Simkins (ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, WU ASSASSINS, ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTRY JR.)