Zach Schiff-Abrams called me up and pitched me the story. I immediately was taken by that one-liner: Ford model, comes to Beverly Hills, becomes a bounty hunter. And that one-liner sort of inspired me. Then I came up with this whole Zach sent me all of her biographical information and all the transcripts that Tony had done and all the interviews with her and all the people and I just came up with a take on how to tell her story and pitched it to Tony. He liked it and we brought it to Fox and Fox bought my pitch and then hired me to write the script.
Spending Time with Domino Harvey: Yeah, I spent about two hours with her. Zach, when did I get hired by Fox to write the script [in] 2002, probably it was after Darko. [Kelly confers with Zach and decides it was 2001 when they met] 2001 we met at Sundance and it was later that year - I wrote it in 2002. So yeah, we met sometime in 2002, probably, just for about two hours. I interviewed her and my biggest thing was you know, were gonna be tongue-in-cheek, were gonna kind of wink it, were gonna open the film with This is based on a true story, sort of and be sort of like upfront about the fact that we were gonna tell her story as a fabrication or as a satire, kind of.
It was a tough story to crack, I think. I dont know, I never read any of the earlier scripts. I think they were completely different. It was always a great story. I mean, she came over from London and her mother married Peter Morton and then she was at Beverly Hills High School for like a summer. And then I think she was just always getting in fights and always just clearly didnt fit the norm. She became a firefighter for a little while and then she basically saw the ad in the paper - just like you see in the movie - and got hooked up with Celes King the Third, bail bondsman. Im rambling on .this is the longest answer to a question Ill just shut up.
Did Domino Harvey See the Film She Inspired Before She Died?: I think [asks Zach for confirmation] Yeah, she saw it. She was at the set quite a bit, and she was in Vegas and she was at the wrap party and she has a cameo in the film. Yes, I believe she saw the film.
On How Her Death Will Affect Domino: Well, I dont know. I dont know. What I know is New Line is releasing it now in October. I havent seen Tonys final final cut. Ive only seen his different [cuts]. Ive watched the film about five times with Tony over the process of finishing it. So I cant speak for exactly what Tonys doing.
Has He Been Called in for Re-Writes?: No, there has been nothing. To my knowledge, nothing about the film has changed or will change based upon what has happened. But like I said, I havent seen the final film so I dont know. I cant comment officially on that, but the film I know that there were never any re-shoots or any things done or changed based on the circumstances of Domino having passed away. To my knowledge, everything is the same.
Richard Kelly on the Films Dark Tone: It is a very subversive film. Talking Zach last night, we were like kind of amazed that the film even got made; that this film got made because its very subversive I think. For like a $15 million studio release, its probably been since like maybe Fight Club or something, for a major studio to release something like this. Its a real roller coaster ride.
I like to describe it as punk rock more than anything because I think Tony has a real punk rock spirit to him that sometimes gets maybe lacquered with the commercial kind of sensibility, but its always there. Hes always had it there, I think, going back to like The Hunger and True Romance. You see it emerging in his work. But I think in this film youll see the real kind of, like the seditious emerging. Tony has a fearless, punk rock sensibility - hes not afraid of anything - and its a British sensibility. I think Domino had that and I think she was very much kind of like a daughter to him and he knew her, knew her family, watched her grow up and I think they were very close. I know hes enormously saddened with her having passed away