"I am a writer,” he says to film students in the workshop-forum. “I don’t consider myself a scriptwriter. For me, writing a screenplay is as serious as writing a novel. My screenplay is literature. You’re not just reading a blueprint—you’re reading a piece of art. F--k the movie! I’m more concerned with the written word.”
What he means is, a good screenplay should be able to stand independent of the resultant film.
“I want to be one of the greatest writers of the 21st century,” he tells his now-awestruck audience. “I’m not saying I deserve it. I’m saying, I want.”