They/Them Writer John Logan Reveals Which Legendary Director He Learned The Most From

They/Them Writer John Logan Reveals Which Legendary Director He Learned The Most From

After years of writing films for legendary directors like Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and Ridley Scott, John Logan makes his directorial debut with the new slasher flick They/Them. It seems likely that Logan learned something from spending so much time working with this caliber of director, and he did. In fact, he learned something different from each of them. ComicBook.com had the opportunity to chat with Logan before They theythe exit. When asked which director he learned the most from, Logan praised several of the directors he’s collaborated with over the course of his career, listing some of their individual talents.

“I think I learned different things from each of them,” Logan says. “I think the way Marty Scorsese speaks to actors is really, it’s very intimate and I tried to emulate that as much as possible. Directors like Ridley Scott and Tim Burton and Sam Mendes have an amazing visual sense of the way to move through a world cinematically. So I like to think that over my many years as a screenwriter, I kind of picked pieces of genius from each of these directors.

Talking about his work on They they, Logan also touched on the origin of the killer slasher mask. “First of all, you look at all the masks that have been made for every slasher movie since slasher movies started. You find things you like, things you respond to, things you don’t,” said Logan said of the design. The mask. “I really like the Jason Voorhees hockey mask, for all the obvious reasons, because, to me, it’s the bedrock text of slasher movies. But for our slasher, we wanted to do something more bespoke, because we’re in the woods. We wanted it to feel very woodsy. And, also, our killer has, really, two sides to his personality, so the mask reflects a side that’s calm and a side that’s very upbeat. angry and aggressive. I worked very closely with Tony Gardner, our brilliant mask designer, and Tony just came up with some great studies for it.”

In They they, a group of teenagers at an LGBTQ+ conversion camp endure disturbing psychological techniques while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer. John Logan wrote and directed They/Them. The film stars Theo Germaine, Carrie Preston, Anna Chlumsky, Austin Crute, Quei Tann, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, Monique Kim, Darwin del Fabro, Hayley Griffith, Boone Platt, Mark Ashworth and Kevin Bacon.

They they is now streaming on Peacock.

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