Josh Olson on

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Released 1976
Distributor Warner Bros.

This troubled production was considered by Clint Eastwood  to be  one of his best films. Audiences and critics agreed. Producer Eastwood was annoyed by director Philip Kaufman’s meticulous attention to detail and had him replaced  by himself, leading to a Directors Guild of America fine and the installation of The Eastwood Rule, designed to discourage producers from taking over directorial reins on a film.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.