At the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, Russell Gewirtz, an old friend of Daniel, approached him with an idea for a movie and pitched Daniel the opening scene and the ending scene of a film. Daniel was hooked. “What’s the rest of the story?” he asked Russell. “I haven’t thought of it yet.” And so began a one year journey, with Daniel sending Russ a handful of his favorite scripts for inspiration (and pagination). After tens of drafts, the script was sold for a million dollars in a three-way bidding war. A few years later, Daniel and Spike Lee were plotting to attach Denzel, Clive and Jodie…and a year or so after that, INSIDE MAN became the most profitable movie for Universal that year. (It also won the AFI award for Top Ten Film of the Year).