How Max Landis' creative mind works: anarchy, 24/7

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Oct 13, 2017

There are few — if any — writers in modern Hollywood as prolific as Max Landis. He writes and runs TV shows (including Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective *Agency*), writes blockbuster movies (Chronicle, American Ultra, Netflix's upcoming film Bright), comic books (he's got a new Superman book coming out), tweets, and voluminous Carly Rae Jepsen fan theories.

So, how does he do it? How does he juggle and keep organized the legion of ideas, drafts, snippets of conversation, and story threads that swirl around his ever more crowded brain?

Well, not efficiently, or at least in any systematic way.

"I'm a f—ng mess, dude," he told SYFY WIRE last weekend at New York Comic Con. "It's anarchy, it's panic!"

Of course, if you've watched Dirk Gently, seen his YouTube videos, or read his tweets, you may have guessed that already. But hey, whatever works; everything introduced to that swirl of threaded thoughts and disparate ideas seems to properly incubate and emerge fully realized on the page and/or screen. So it's a way better problem to have than writer's block, the mental wall that keeps most would-be writers from producing even a modicum of Landis' output.

By the way: The second season of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency premieres on October 14 on BBC America at 9/8 central.