We are sad to report the death of long time screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. at the grand old age of 91. Over his forty year career Semple Jr. penned Sean Connery's final big screen outing as bond in 1983's Never Say Never Again; the 1976 King Kong film; 1980's Flash Gordon and the 1973 Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman prison escape drama Papillon. A sizeable career for sure but perhaps the writer will be most warmly remembered for his Wam!-ing, Zap!-ing 1960's dananananananana-Batman!
All that colorful 60's romping aside, if there's one film to seek out and honor in Semple Jr's canon, perhaps it's Alan J. Pakula's 1974 paranoia thriller The Parallax View. Pakula would go on to make All the Presidents Men two years later but this film, coming out the same year as Nixon's resignation, was just as zeitgeisty as that Oscar winning smash. The writer nabbed a WGA nomination for his twisting script which takes Warren Beatty down a rabbit hole of political conspiracy, assassination and lies.
One of the great lesser known gems, shades of it remain today, some can even be seen in Friday's hotly anticipated Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Seek it out. Or perhaps you'd rather dust off the old Batman VHS? Let us know below.
"Holy Priceless Collection of Etruscan Snoods Batman!" He will be missed.