I was saddened to hear of the death of screenwriter Don Payne, who wrote the hit movie “Thor” and had won four Emmys for his work on “The Simpsons.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Payne died Tuesday. He had bone cancer.
Payne also wrote the films “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He was a consulting producer on “The Simpsons.” Upcoming episodes of “The Simpsons” were written by Payne, as was the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World.” The adaptation of James Patterson’s “Maximum Ride” written by Payne is also currently in development.
I talked to Payne back in 2007 about his work on “Rise of the Silver Surfer,” where he discussed with me that he’d been a comics fan from a young age. He was charming, funny, and a lot of fun to talk to. During the interview, he talked to me about some of his favorite “Fantastic Four” comics.
“There’s a huge number of stories I’ve really enjoyed throughout the run of the comic, to tell you the truth,” he said. “There’s a storyline in the (writer) Roy Thomas era with a parallel Earth where Nelson Rockefeller was president. I really enjoyed that. That was at the peak of when I was really into the comics. In this parallel Earth, Reed Richards had become the Thing, and you saw them kind of fighting side by side, so that was interesting.”
My sincere condolences to Payne’s friends and family.
- Matt Price