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James Cameron can’t write all three Avatar sequels alone. And he especially can’t write them alone at the same time. That’s why he enlisted the help of four writersRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. The five of them sat in a room for five months, eight hours a day, breaking down the stories for each sequel. It wasn’t until the end of the process that Cameron finally assigned each writer (or team) a film. In that process, it seems the breakdown of who is writing which sequel was misreported in the press. In a new New York Times article, it’s been corrected. Read about the Avatar sequel writers below. Read More »

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Briefly: While the odds of ever getting to see a David Fincher version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are now slim to none, an alternate version of the tale has just been purchased. Sony Pictures has purchased a spec script called Captain Nemo, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The pair are best known for co-creating the hit Superman show Smallville, but also worked on the scripts for films such as Spider-Man 2 (the good one, from Sam Raimi), Shanghai Noon and I Am Number Four.

The script, which will be produced by Maleficent team Joe Roth and Palak Patel, tells a “a new take on the iconic antihero who was first introduced to readers in 1870 in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Magic The Gathering

When playing any kind of fantasy role playing game — even a card-based game — the story can be everything. 20th Century Fox agrees. Six months after announcing development of a movie based on the popular card game Magic the Gathering, the project has picked up a writer. He’s Bryan Cogman, and while you might not know the name, you know his work. He’s a producer, story editor and writer on a little show called Game of Thrones. Read More »

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James Cameron never sets easy goals for himself: a liquid metal Terminator, the greatest tragedy of all-time as a love story, create a whole new world. That streak continues with Cameron’s next three films, a trilogy of sequels to 2009′s sensation, Avatar.

Cameron has been working on the sequels for years now, with the first one set for release in December of 2016. The reason for the delay is Cameron wants to shoot all three films simultaneously and this time technology isn’t holding him back. It’s good old fashioned writing.

When you follow up the biggest hit in box office history, audiences expect something great. They expect something even greater from the director of two of the best sequels of all time, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens. So Cameron took his sweet time making sure the scripts were right.

At the LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival this past weekend, he explained exactly how that happened. He spent the first year of actual development writing 1,500 pages of notes and then hired four writersJosh FriedmanRick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno - to help him write the scripts from those idea. To manage all those minds, Cameron looked back to his experiences writing Dark Angel for inspiration.

Below, read how James Cameron used television to help write the three Avatar sequels. Read More »

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The sequel to 2013′s surprise hit World War Z just found another important building block. A few months back, director  Juan Antonio Bayona was tapped to direct the film and now Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been hired to write the screenplay.  Read More »

‘Independence Day 2′ Gets A Rewrite

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Briefly: There’s a small but significant update on the Independence Day 2 front. The Roland Emmerich-directed sequel, tentatively scheduled for a July 1, 2016 release, is about to get a rewrite. Rising screenwriter Carter Blanchard has been tapped by 20th Century Fox to take a crack at the current script written by James Vanderbilt. Blanchard has yet to see a feature made, but wrote scripts for both Spyhunter at Warner Bros. and Kindergarden Heroes at Fox.

Emmerich is currently filming a movie called Stonewall while prepping the highly anticipated sequel. [Deadline]

Joel and Ethan Coen on Inside Llewyn Davis set

Would you watch a Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks, written by the Coen Brothers? Yeah, thought so. Last year, Matt Charman wrote a true-life cold war drama that tells the story of a US attorney who negotiated with the KGB to secure the release of a spy plane pilot. Tom Hanks came on board, and Steven Spielberg was recently attached to the Dreamworks project. It’s at the point now where the film is being talked up as one of the most likely next projects for the director. And now Joel and Ethan Coen are rewriting the script.  Read More »

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Christopher McQuarrie is definitely directing Mission: Impossible 5 for returning star Tom Cruise, but things have taken a slight detour. The production just hired Will Staples to re-write the script which was originally written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Staples has yet to have a screenplay produced, but is a vet in the world of video game writing. His biggest success is the video game equivalent of Avatar or The Avengers: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Read More »

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