Steven Soderbergh's new hillbilly heist film Logan Lucky lists an unknown screenwriter named Rebecca Blunt as having penned the script, but according to a report there is no Rebecca Blunt and the film may actually have been written by Soderbergh's wife Jules Asner. However, Soderbergh himself has shot back at those reports, chastising the media for "going after" the film's writer.
Logan Lucky stars Adam Driver and Channing Tatum as a pair of down-on-their-luck brothers living in the rural South who decide to relieve their economic distress by robbing a race track during a NASCAR race, and enlist the aid of an oddball explosives expert played by Daniel Craig. Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, Katherine Waterston, Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank also star in the film, which is Soderbergh's first theatrical feature since the 2013 film Side Effects.
According to THR, sources are saying that credited Logan Lucky screenwriter Rebecca Blunt is not an actual person and multiple names are being put forth as the actual screenwriter. One source claims the real writer is former E! host Jules Asner, Steven Soderbergh's wife, who happens to be a published novelist but has never before written a screenplay (to anyone's knowledge). Another source claims Soderbergh himself is responsible for the script, while others speculate it was actually written by former Talk Soup host John Henson who is thought to have been working with Soderbergh on a script a few years ago that was along the same lines as Logan Lucky.
Lending some credence to the idea that Rebecca Blunt might be a pseudonym is the fact that Soderbergh himself has often before performed editing and DP duties on his own movies while being credited under fake names. THR says in their report that "Blunt" never visited the set of the film, but exchanged emails with some of the stars from her base in the UK. Fueling the mystery, according to THR, is the fact that Logan Lucky reviewers did not receive the usual press kit including biographical information on cast and crew, and also the fact that there is no press junket planned.
However, according to Steven Soderbergh himself, all this mystery is a load of hooey that does a disservice to the very real woman who wrote the Logan Lucky script. In a statement to EW, Soderbergh blasted the THR report:
"Well, that’s going to be news to Rebecca Blunt. When people make a statement like that they should be very careful, especially when it’s a woman screenwriter who is having her first screenplay produced. Why are you going after her? She’s interviewed in the press kit. I happen to know that she’s working on something and that she’s on a deadline. She doesn’t want to do any press until after the movie opens. Isn’t she allowed to do that?”
Soderbergh's statements are very interesting in light of the fact that THR claims no press kit was issued and there's no junket planned for the movie. The fact that Soderbergh likes to be a little bit shady and mysterious about things - he recently made an entire movie on an iPhone without telling anyone what he was up to - will no doubt fuel speculation that the "Rebecca Blunt" mystery is being whipped up on purpose to generate publicity for the film. THR contacted the WGA to get their take on the whole thing but the WGA declined to comment. Whoever Rebecca Blunt is, the script she wrote for Logan Lucky is evidently an amazing job of work for a first-timer, and might end up being an Oscar contender before it's all over.
- Logan Lucky (2017) release date: Aug 18, 2017