[Gathered for a question-and-answer screening the night before the premiere of "The Foreigner" are screenwriter David Marconi (from left), producer Arthur Sarkissian, director Martin Campbell, producer Wayne Godfrey and Stephen Leather, author of the book originally titled "The Chinaman."]
BATAVIA – Among the guests at the Hollywood premiere of Jackie Chan's latest action film, "The Foreigner," were members of a family with long Batavia ties.
"The screenplay was written by my stepson, David Marconi," Addie Marconi of Batavia said. "The movie stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan."
Addie Marconi, who owns Bee Attitudes Antiques in Batavia, and her stepdaughter, Mary Marconi Popiel, who operates Special Occasions across the street, were in Los Angeles for the festivities Oct. 5. They were joined by Popiel's siblings, Michael Marconi and Melissa Marconi Walsh, and several other family members.
David Marconi, son of late Batavia businessman Joe Marconi, has been a well-known writer since penning the conspiracy thriller "Enemy of the State," which starred Will Smith and Gene Hackman. His story credits include "Live Free or Die Hard" in the Bruce Willis franchise.