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'Speed' 20th anniversary: Screenwriter Graham Yost looks back on 'the bus movie' that became a classic

Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-A review: “The film takes off from formula elements — it’s yet another variation on Die Hard — but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.”

Here, on the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, Yost looks back on early script changes (Jack’s partner, Harry, was supposed to be the bad guy), casting picks (Ellen DeGeneres?), the twist he’s most proud of (it was just cans!), classic lines (thank you, Joss Whedon), and the dark night when he thought the movie had been ruined. READ FULL STORY

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