Gary Ross was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Sunday to talk about his new children’s book “Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind.”
It started when Ross got a call in 1996 from fellow screenwriter David Koepp. Koepp was up against a tight budget and approaching deadline with his debut directorial effort, The Trigger Effect. Its heroine had to read an as-yet-unwritten bedtime story to her child.
Koepp wanted Ross to write that story. “The only thing is, I don’t have any money,” he told Ross. “So it has to be for free, and I’ve got to shoot the day after tomorrow.”
“It was just such a fabulous offer,” Ross tells NPR’s Guy Raz.
Yet the first few lines of that bedtime story consumed Ross. Over the course of the next 15 years, he added to it and refined it. Now illustrated, it’s become the epic tale of a 10-year-old boy with a taste for adventure.