Three Novices Create a Parasite That Nobody Loves but the Audiences
Their current hit aside—Parasite has already earned $6.9 million on a budget of $800,000—the trio didn't find it easy to crack Hollywood's cash box. Atlanta-born Schoob, 30, is the son of a U.S. District Court judge. In 1969 he enrolled in Connecticut's Wesleyan University and became friends with fellow student Levering, now 30, the son of a farmer from Orchard Gap, Va. After graduation the pair headed for L.A. and met Adler, 33, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who had been lured to Tinseltown after seeing Star Wars.
Schoob and Levering are already at work on their next script (which they describe as "a historical piece"), and Adler's The Concrete Jungle, a women's prison movie, is due out this fall. The threesome are now teaming up again, this time to write a horror spoof about a giant woman from outer space. "We can't decide," says Adler, "whether she should be as tall as a double-decker bus or the Washington Monument."