The Script Lab Podcast: Dan Ewen — Writer of PLAYING WITH FIRE

By Shanee Edwards · December 4, 2019

On this episode, I chat with Dan Ewen, writer of the family comedy Playing with Fire starring John Cena, about a group of fire jumpers who rescue three kids only to find out they’re about as wild as any fire can be.

Dan talks about his long journey to getting this film made, which actors were originally attached to play the lead and how much of his original script remains after a million rewrites (it’s much less than you’d think). He also explains how the original script was a Christmas movie and how Sonic the Hedgehog’s teeth made Paramount drop the Holiday theme.

Playing with Fire is currently playing in theaters.

Listen to the podcast below.

Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards

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