Friday, September 10, 2010

'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again

'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again

Jackie Tran For The Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010

Who knew the Academy Award-winning "Gone With the Wind" was nearly gone with the wind.

Three weeks after filming began on the 1939 movie version of Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, producer David O. Selznick screeched production to a halt, fired the great director George Cukor, then stopped production on "The Wizard of Oz" so that its director, Victor Fleming, could direct "Gone With the Wind." Then Selznick hired ace scriptwriter Ben Hecht (about the 13th to work on it), put him in a room with himself and Fleming, and set a deadline: Five days and a new script.

What happened in those five days is the subject of Ron Hutchinson's comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias," which Invisible Theatre opens next week.

Read the entire preview in the Arizona Daily Star, click: 'Gone With the Wind' tempest blows again