Interview by Craig Byrne
“Pizza Man”’s script is written by the talented Marco Mannone. In addition to his writing as a screenwriter and a journalist, you might even recognize from the web series The Vampire Killers which he also did some writing for.
He has a lot of stories to tell about the currently-filming feature starring Frankie Muniz, and his interview can be found below.
KSITETV: Can you talk about the character’s origin?
MANNONE: I definitely wanted an origin story; I didn’t want to just jump into things. Half the fun of this character is how he becomes a superhero. It’s just so off the wall and so silly. So, I wanted to have fun with that and definitely try to, as much as humanly possible, actually sort of ground the plot in some kind of actual science. I actually did research genetic engineering, and what they’re doing with tomatoes and produce. They’re actually doing a lot of things with tomatoes, which is pretty insane.
KSITETV: Are things left open for a possible sequel if this does well?
MANNONE: Yes. Of course. Any good superhero movie worth its salt should always have potential for a sequel. It’s a complete story unto itself, but if fans want a sequel, then can definitely get it. There are so many fun ideas we have for where this character can go.
KSITETV: Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
MANNONE: I think what sets “Pizza Man” apart from a lot of other more established characters is having fun with the fact that just because someone gets super powers, it doesn’t automatically make them a super hero. I know I’m a huge dork, and if I got super powers, I probably would still be a dork, and that’s something that our character struggles with. What happens if your costume isn’t very cool? What happens if you have trouble coordinating your strength? What happens when you still are shy with your love interest? Those are some of the fun things that we’re exploring, and I think it makes Pizza Man an interesting character.
Ultimately, this is one of the first ever grassroots superhero movies. No one’s ever gone out and made a movie like this with a totally new hero on this level. I hope people have even half as much fun watching it as we are making it.
Full interview: ksitetv.com