It must have been another six months when Quentin emerged from his room -- this shabby place where he would live and breathe movies (and sleep only on a mattress) with heavy hand-written literature.
He held in his hand what would soon become True Romance, parts of Natural Born Killers, Reservoir Dogs and, yes, Pulp Fiction.
He went on to add stories within stories within stories from the source material that I had given him. It was a struggle to read it because Quentin is not formally trained. And he has horrible handwriting.
After reading through it, I found myself crying. I hadn't read anything more beautiful than that screenplay at that point in time.
I told him, "Quentin, we need to trim it down. It is way too much." This must be around the years 1983-1984.
After cutting it down, the screenplay became what we now know as True Romance. Our idea was to follow the Cohen brothers. Quentin would direct, I would produce. But for this we needed the finance.
Our video store was in an upper class locality in California. I went through the database and started rounding up all the wealthy people from the locality like doctors and lawyers. Spike Lee had done the same thing.
The people were confused. Why did video store guys want to make movies? They didn't understand. We met a Hollywood attorney who said he would get us a million dollars.
We believed him and partied and that was the biggest mistake ever committed. Because we stopped trying after his promise, which never was realised.
For two years nothing happened. Eventually Quentin sold the screenplay to someone else (the studio that produced True Romance). We were then back to working on short films because they were easier to make.
At that point, anthology films were very popular. So Quentin and I wrote two short stories and asked director Adam Rifkin to write one too. Quentin did and so did I, something that would go on to become 'The Gold Watch' in Pulp Fiction. Adam did not. To date he regrets that and whenever I see him, he goes, "Damn, I could have been a part of the legacy of Pulp Fiction!"