After I saw Freaky a few years ago, I immediately had writer Michael Kennedy on my radar. What he pulled off there with co-writer/director Christopher Landon blew me away. So, whatever he had planned next would have my attention in a big way. It turns out, he’d next penned a hybrid Christmas movie/slasher It’s a Wonderful Knife. Around the same time I saw the film, I was able to hop on Zoom to pick Kennedy’s brain. We had a great time, so much so that he’ll be a guest on next week’s Awards Radar Podcast episode. In the meantime, our one on one conversation comes your way today!
In my review of It’s a Wonderful Knife (here), I had this to say about Kennedy’s work, in part:
Director Tyler MacIntyre takes the screenplay by Michael Kennedy and executes it very efficiently. While there’s a little more creativity, both visually and plot-wise, to Freaky, It’s a Wonderful Knife is still very successful. The care that Kennedy and MacIntyre show in honoring the Christmas elements is apparent, so even if the slasher elements are a bit standard issue, they’re elevated by the genre mashup on the whole.
Below, you can see my chat with Kennedy. We bounce around a bit, as he’s a really fun guy, but we talk about, as you’d imagine, Freaky and It’s a Wonderful Knife. His ability to not just come up with a high concept, but also to give the audience what they’re looking for within the idea, is really something. I can’t wait to see what he does next, and it sounds like he has some really cool plans as well, so that’s exciting. Be sure to check out It’s a Wonderful Knife this weekend, as well as our discussion of the film next…
Here now is my interview with It’s a Wonderful Knife producer and writer Michael Kennedy. Enjoy:
It’s a Wonderful Knife is in theaters this weekend!