Show Business: The Phantoms of Hollywood

Their writing makes money but rarely a movie

Jack Epps and Jim Cash are established Hollywood screenwriters now working on their eighth script. Top Gun, a tale about Navy fighter pilots, is one of their stories. So is Whereabouts, a story about two people who must find each other within 24 hours to win a prize of $100,000. If neither of these titles seems familiar, it may be because Epps and Cash have never had a feature film made. "There are times when you just don't believe they make movies," says Epps. Still, there are compensations. The price for an Epps-Cash script goes up with each non-picture and can...

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