I've finished the second draft of my superhero movie, which means I felt about one second of elation, followed by the traditional hour-long period of mourning for all the versions of the script that it isn't.
The ideal running time for this sort of action comedy is about an hour and a half: almost the exact running time for Men in Black, which is never going to win a Nobel award, but is as lean, economical and funny a script as you could wish for. Two hours is okay, but that usually means the director has stuck in one action scene too many (Speed, Con Air, and I think deliberately, Hot Fuzz). A regular problem with road movies is that they regularly run out of steam when the protagonists get to their destination, so I've been very careful to keep the third act as tight* as possible. Currently, the page length is about 106 minutes, which is still easy to read as one hour six minutes, but is of course one hour forty six (I know it sounds obvious, but wait until you've been writing on five coffees and it's three in the morning, and your brain won't work any more**).
I'm aware all this stuff about acts sounds terribly formulaic, but to honest I wanted to write a formulaic movie, or rather ram together two formulaic genres: the superhero and road movie, and see if you could remain true to both. Whether it's worked or not... I have no idea.
Not sure why I'm writing this post really - I suppose it's nice to mark the point at which a project feels like it's finished, even though realistically, the cutting and polishing will go on for some time yet.
And now a cup of tea.
* like a tiger.
** not that I've done this since 1993, but still, the point holds.