True Story Behind ‘Pretty Woman’ – Gary W. Goldstein

Gary W. Goldstein, Producer/Author/Instructor: At that time Michael Keaton was the lead actor. Well, the deal went awry. I don’t know the details, but the deal went awry so production was sidelined…

Film Courage: What was the original version of Pretty Woman

Gary: The original version was titled Three Thousand spelled out which was the number of dollars that Edward [Richard Gere] pays Vivian [Julia Roberts] for her companionship for the week.

It was a drama, it was not a picture where boy and girl end up together and in some ways it was a much more realistic story.

And I think it was very reflective of the writer’s…sort of the world that he lived in and the way he was feeling about things at the time.

But there was something undeniably…here’s what I would say about it. Jonathan [J. F. Lawton, screenwriter] when he was in film school he kept writing these very complex really interesting leading women characters and I remember one of our early conversations before we started working together, he let on that one of his professors (presumably a male as I recall) wagged his finger at him and basically said You know, leave that alone. Let the women write women characters, you focus on…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies and more), generating well over One Billion Dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and other honors. Before moving to Los Angeles, Gary practiced as an attorney in San Francisco. He later served as president of two divisions of, an internet entertainment company successfully funded at $50MM. Gary’s passion as a storyteller goes beyond producing the work of gifted screenwriters. He’s committed to sharing with everyone who desires real success and enduring careers as a creative professional his smart, simple strategies that magically transform talent into business success more rapidly and with greater ease. Gary’s spoken at TEDx La Jolla, been published by the Huffington Post, and was a contributing author for the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s newest publication “Stickability”. Gary also regularly speaks to creative audiences and has given talks at American Film Institute, UCLA, Emerson College, De Anza College, the Dallas Screenwriters Association, the Great American Pitchfest and beyond. Gary’s latest endeavor includes where he helps creative professionals have their voices heard, their stories told, and to turn their talents into a career. 


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