I talk with Jeff Jensen about how he went from a television writer at Entertainment Weekly to collaborating with Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird on the story for Tomorrowland. I must admit, I planned to go in and talk to Jensen about how the 1952 box was fabricated and how the script influenced the box and how the box influenced the script, but I found myself kind of blindsided with Jensen’s reaction. Jeff continued to pretend that the 1952 box wasn’t a creation of the team behind the film, which threw most of my prepared questions out the window. We still discuss how the box was used to sell executives and early Disney fans on the ideas behind the backstory of the movie.
I talk to Jeff about the early development of the film which saw two dueling ideas, one being a more Harry Potter approach and another more inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We also talk about the amazing Plus Ultra backstory which didn’t fully make it into the film but can be discovered through the tie-in prequel novel Before Tomorrowland he also wrote. Read all this and more in my Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.
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Disney seems to be rummaging through the vault recently for properties for their feature film development. The latest project is a Peter Pan spin-off film about Tinker Bell, and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde) is to star in the live-action movie. Find out more about the Tinkerbell movie, after the jump.
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Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.
Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »
Did you like the first Captain America movie? How about the second? Did you say especially the second? Well, if that’s true – and you’re excited for Captain America: Civil War – you’re going to be really excited for both parts of Avengers: Infinity War.
After the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, the Russo Brothers, have already signed to direct the two part Avengers epic. Now the writers behind the entire Captain America trilogy, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have signed to write them. Markus and McFeely also wrote Thor: The Dark World so they’re pretty much as essential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as anyone. Read more about the Avengers Infinity War writers below.
Update: This has been confirmed by a report from Marvel.
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The price tag has gone up, but so has the level of prestige. The TV show that in the ’70s was The Six Million Dollar Man is becoming The Six Billion-Dollar Man for a new film. And Oscar-nominated writer/director Damian Szifron, who saw his film Wild Tales grabbing a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination, this year, will script the film for director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg. Read More »
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Before we go any further, it looks like the next Wolverine solo movie, the sequel to The Wolverine, may just be called Wolverine. Or that’s how one trade is referring to it for now; the title may change. Along with that little nugget, a new screenwriter for the film has been revealed, as Michael Green (Blade Runner 2, Green Lantern) is writing the script in collaboration with director James Mangold. Read More »
When a movie goes through as much public turmoil as Marvel’s Ant-Man, it’s always mysterious how the credits are going to end up. Originally, when Edgar Wright was going to direct, the screenplay was by Wright and Joe Cornish. But when Wright left and Peyton Reed came on to direct, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd – also the film’s star – took over scripting duties.
Now, with the film a mere few months from release, all that legal stuff has been handled and all four men are going to get credit. Read the full Ant-Man writing credits below. Read More »
Fifty Shades of Grey made crazy money at home and internationally, but that doesn’t mean the creation of a sequel is an easy task. There’s already source material, in the form of the novel Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James. But the first film’s screenwriter and director, Kelly Marcel and Sam Taylor-Johnson, will not return for the second movie. Reportedly, that is in part due to clashes with James. Furthermore, there have been reports that James was lobbying to script the sequel herself.
Now the producers and Universal have a new solution to the 50 Shades sequel script problem. It will be written by Niall Leonard, an author with TV and film experience. He even contributed to the Fifty Shades of Grey script. And he happens to be E.L. James’ husband. Read More »
UPDATE: Marvel has confirmed this report. Read the official press release below.
We just talked about the fact that Captain Marvel didn’t make an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in part because the character isn’t cast or quite defined yet, and over the weekend we reported that the Captain Marvel screenwriters would be announced soon. Now we’ve got the names Marvel is trying to lock in, and they make an interesting new team: Nicole Perlman, who wrote the draft of Guardians of the Galaxy that got that movie on track, and Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote Pixar’s Inside Out.
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