The Black List 2014

The Black List 2014 has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of over 250 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2014 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, The Black List is a list of the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.

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Blade Runner 2 script

That’s according to Ridley Scott, at least. During a conversation about the intersection of making films based on some of the oldest stories (such as Scott’s new Exodus) and science fiction, the subject of Blade Runner 2 came up. Scott has recently said the Blade Runner 2 script was going well, and that he was very happy with the results. And now he says that Harrison Ford is also incredibly happy with the draft — Scott none-too-humbly reports that Ford called the draft Scott and Hampton Fancher have been working on “the best thing I’ve ever read.” Read More »

EYE OF THE STORM  - Chris Alender Mystery Bad Robot Project

Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled top secret project from JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot and director Chris Alender. Lionsgate and STX Entertainment were bidding for the rights but Sony ended up as the winner. Deadline reports that Sony production president Michael De Luca won the bidding war with “aggressive progress to production language” written in as part of the deal — meaning it will probably happen, and quickly.

You might not recognize the name Chris Alender, because the Florida State University Film School graduate has not yet directed a feature. While this will be his feature film debut, Alender is very accomplished. The Atlanta native founded Soapbox Films, a full-service production facility specializing in original content and marketing — the company was notably responsible for relaunching The Muppets on the internet with a series of viral YouTube videos.

After the jump, you can find out more about the Chris Alender Mystery Bad Robot Project and watch a five minute short film/music video titled Eye Of The Storm which Alender directed a few years back and got him meetings for features all around Hollywood.

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Disney Buys New, Live-Action Take On Robin Hood

new disney Robin Hood

The public domain strikes again! Mere weeks after Sony spent seven figures on a shared universe reimagining of the Robin Hood story, Disney has just purchased their own new version on the classic character. It’s called Nottingham & Hood and was written on spec by first time writer Brandon Barker. Little is know about the take but it’s called “revisionist,” is said to be thematically close to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films and is hoped to “launch a new adventure franchise.” Read more about the new Disney Robin Hood film below. Read More »

Wonder Woman screenwriter

We’ve just seen the first trailer for Joe Wright’s Pan, and you might want to have another look at it now. The writer of Pan, Jason Fuchs, has entered talks to be the new Wonder Woman screenwriter. Michelle MacLaren was recently hired to direct, and the two will work together on the script, and the film will eventually star Gal Gadot, who makes her debut as the Amazonian warrior in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro Crimson Peak Comic Con

This weekend, as you sit at home with your families, eat turkey, watch football, maybe head out and see The Force Awakens trailer, the executives at Warner Bros. are going to be doing something even better. They’re going to be reading the script to Guillermo del Toro‘s Justice League Dark, aka Dark Universe.

The director confirmed he and his team have completed the team up script, which will feature Swamp Thing, The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre, and others and turned it into Warner Bros. If they like it, we may be seeing the film sooner rather than later. Read more about the Justice League Dark script below. Read More »

JK Rowling / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The last volume of the Harry Potter series was published in 2007, but author J.K. Rowling has returned to the wizarding world several times since. Most recently, she completed the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as confirmed by producer David Heyman.

David Yates is set to direct the Harry Potter spinoff, which is inspired by a made-up Hogwarts textbook that became a real Harry Potter companion volume in 2012. Hit the jump for the latest update on the JK Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them script. Read More »

‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Finds a Screenwriter

Pern screenwriter

Anne McCaffrey‘s Dragonriders of Pern is a few different things. The book series is a work of sci-fi fantasy that holds up well; a promising franchise plan with enough raw story for several films and/or TV shows; and, thanks to the story’s many layered sci-fi concepts,  one really difficult piece of work to adapt. After years of fruitless pitches by writers and producers trying to kickstart an adaptation, Warner Bros. finally optioned the books earlier this year. Now novelist Sarah Cornwell has been hired as the first Pern screenwriter. Read More »

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