Fresh out of film school, aspiring producer Jane Hamsher and her partner Don Murphy stumbled onto a screenplay by a geeky filmmaker-wannabe named Quentin Tarantino. For $10,000, Jane and Don optioned Natural Born Killers and set off on a two-year roller coaster ride no classroom could have prepared them for. With an outrageous cast of real-life characters including Oliver Stone, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Juliette Lewis–along with a slew of film-crew leeches and behind-the-scenes studio pitbulls–Killer Instinct rivals the most mesmerizing, gut-wrenching movie scenes. A wild joyride like no other, Hamsher’s tale provides a fresh, insider’s perspective on stardom and the real balance of power in Hollywood.
Jane Hamsher is a Hollywood producer currently based at Columbia Pictures. She and her partner, Don Murphy, have numerous projects set up at the studios. Their next film, Apt Pupil, based on the Stephen King novella, premieres in 1998.
"This lean, mean, scabrously honest account of the making of Natural Born Killers amply proves the truism that moviemaking is a ‘controlled accident’. . . . Rarely has a book by a Hollywood player . . . been so confessional and recklessly revealing. . . . This compelling look behind the curtain should help dispel forever any fond illusions about the ‘magic’ of movies." –Kirkus Reviews
"Few books capture the roller-coaster ride of trying to get a movie made as enjoyably as this one." –Roger Avary, cowriter, Pulp Fiction
"Fast, funny and horrifically honest, this is Hollywood from the locusts’ point of view, shot through a jeweled and compounded eye. . . . A terrific book." –Alan Moore, author, The Watchmen and V for Vendetta
"Drugs! Sex! Madness! Movie Stars! Killer Instinct is a screamingly funny, seriously terrifying saga of two naifs who outfox the psychotic dons who run the film business. . . . With this book, Jane Hamsher elevates the Hollywood tell-all to a literary art form." –Jerry Stahl, author, Permanent Midnight
"Fax and copy machines are working overtime in Hollywood with galleys of Killer Instinct. . . . Gossipy . . . [and] filled with wicked wit. . . . Hamsher’s gonzo take on NBK‘s evolution offers an insider’s view of show-biz egos." –Time