AMERICAN screenwriter Andrew Marlowe, the man behind popular cop series Castle, feels no pressure to compete with that other cop show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
“CSI takes a very particular approach, but it isn’t a characterbased one,” he told my paper recently when he was in town for the ContentAsia Summit.
“It’s a very successful franchise, and I admire it, but shows like it and Law And Order are going to more sensationalistic places,” he said during the interview at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Indeed, by creating Castle, Marlowe – who is in his 40s – has crafted a show that offers a good balance between drama and comedy, along with characters that viewers can easily relate with.
The show follows the adventures of murder-mystery novelist Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion from Two Guys And A Girl), who is roped in by the police to help solve crimes.
The series is currently in its third season, and is available here on mio TV.
Marlowe described as “challenging”, the process of finding a winning balance between drama and comedy.
“We take our crime very seriously (on the show) and try to be always respectful to the victim and the victim’s family,” he said.
“It’s all about finding the fun one-liners that will take us and the viewer from a place that’s dark, to a point that’s not so dark.”
The palpable chemistry between Castle and detective Kate Beckett (played by Heroes’ Stana Katic) is the other reason why viewers have been glued to their screens since the show’s premiere early last year.
Marlowe stayed tight-lipped about the progress of characters’ relationship, but he did let slip that things between them are going to change soon.
“We’ll get to a particular point where the characters have to either take the next step, or become more like brother and sister,” he said, adding that it’s of paramount importance to know what viewers want, and how to give it to them.
The affable writer – whose first screenplay credit was for the blockbuster Air Force One starring Harrison Ford – is currently working on an “alien- invasion movie, done Top Gun-style”.
In the meantime, Castle has become so popular that it has spawned two tie-in novels called Heat Wave and Naked Heat.
Both books are purportedly written by Richard Castle himself, with a third novel on the way.
To keep things “real”, Marlowe refused to admit that he is the true author of the books.
“All I can say is that I worked on them very closely with Richard Castle,” he said with a cheeky smile.