In addition to their film school education, they joke that they taught themselves to write by "writing a couple crappy horror films" and watching a variety of movies into all hours of the night (I can confirm that part). They've been writing in Los Angeles for about two and a half years, first gaining attention for their comedy spec script 'F*** You, I Win.' The 'Hunchback' plot is being kept top-secret, but the news prompted an immediate response the from the Internet community. Cinematical expressed "difficulty" getting behind the action approach, while other sites -- and commenters -- went farther, attacking Block and Emanuel for even coming up with the idea.
The duo took a break from developing the 'Hunchback' script to talk to me about the experience of debuting with a script that's already been criticized -- sight unseen -- by some fans and how they are "not too different" from the passionate fan community.