descender screenwriter

Over the past few years, I’ve watched my weekly comic book purchases change in some very telling ways. As my subscriptions to Marvel and DC books declined, I found myself reading more creator-owened series and the current king of that landscape is Image Comics. Which means I’ve been reading a ton of stuff with Image’s name on it and I’ve discovered countless engrossing and unique comic series that simply couldn’t exist under the “big two.”

One of those comics is Descender, a wonderful new-ish science fiction series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen. Sony picked up the film rights one year ago and now they’ve finally tasked a writer with transforming the comic into a screenplay.

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Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Sony Pictures Animation’s Popeye took a big hit when director Genndy Tartakovsky walked away in March of last year, after years of development. But now the studio is preparing to move forward again, with a new writer: Ratchet and Clank writer T.J. Fixman (Ratchet and Clank).  Read More »

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon has been trying for years to make his way back to the big screen, without much success. He hasn’t actually been seen in theaters since 1980, unless you count Sam Jones‘ appearances in Ted and Ted 2.

But maybe he’ll have better luck this time. The Flash Gordon movie got a big boost last year when Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct, and now it’s continuing to move forward with a new screenwriter: Oldboy and I Am Legend scribe Mark ProtosevichRead More »

guardians of the galaxy 2 script

Guardians of the Galaxy was so huge that my mother watched it. My mother, who wouldn’t be able to tell you anything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe under the threat of death, watched and enjoyed James Gunn‘s eccentric and colorful superhero space opera. That’s purely anecdotal, but it has to mean something, right?

I bring this up because this film struck a chord with audiences in a way that so many comic book movies do not. This wasn’t just a movie for the already initiated – this was a movie that offered clean entry for all kinds of people, including the Star Trek-loving mother who knows nothing about Infinity Stones and can’t tell you what a Thanos is.

In other news, Gunn has finished the screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In related news, it sounds like my mom is going to see another Marvel movie.

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Gather ’round the campfire, young ones, but be silent and remain nimble. For the Hunter Killers are on patrol tonight and their motion sensors can detect movement. It is time we told ya a story. It was time we told ya how the world ended. For first, the machines came for our movies. And then they came for us. And we let it happen ’cause we got greedy. We got too lazy to read our own screenplays, so we let them do it for us. Let me read to ya from an ancient document, a “movie news post,” to show ya how the end of the world began…

A new start-up claims that its new algorithm can examine a screenplay and predict its financial viability before a single frame is shot. The ScriptBook program, which is expected to make its debut sometime next year, wants to be the best friend to movie studios and producers, helping them determine whether or not a movie is hit before they commit to actually making it. In other words, here’s an early contender for one of the worst-sounding ideas of 2016.

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Bride of Frankenstein

Universal’s Bride of Frankenstein reboot is slowly but surely making its way down the aisle. Spider-Man and Jurassic Park writer David Koepp has just been set to direct the new movie, which the studio is still hoping Angelina Jolie will direct and star in. Learn more about the new Bride of Frankenstein writer after the jump.  Read More »

‘Doctor Strange’ Conjures Up ‘Sinister’ Scribe

Doctor Strange concept art

Doctor Strange has been shooting for a few weeks already under director Scott Derrickson, with Benedict Cumberbatch leading the cast. Much of the rest of the cast and crew were officially confirmed in a press release last month. Today, another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.

Sinister scribe C. Robert Cargill has confirmed that has teamed with Derrickson to write the mystical Marvel adventure, which hits theaters next year. More about the Doctor Strange writer news after the jump.  Read More »

The Black List 2015

For over a decade now, the Black List has come out each December to reveal the most-liked unproduced screenplays of the year. We say “most-liked” because the folks involved are very clear that “the Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.” The list, which was compiled by polling over 250 film executives, contains dozens of screenplays written in (or “somehow uniquely associated with”) 2015 but won’t have started shooting by the end of the year. See the Black List 2015 after the jump. Read More »

JJ Abrams Interview

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just a movie, but the beginning of a new trilogy of films. How does a filmmaker like J.J. Abrams balance worrying about this film versus setting up ideas and characters for the rest of the arc? Did he create a treatment for the sequel trilogy with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt? Did he work with Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson and Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow?

At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I sat down with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to learn how the future of the Star Wars saga is being created.
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Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Continuing my coverage from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens junket, today I bring you Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who helps to explain how the Star Wars anthology movies (i.e., the “A Star Wars Story” films) will be different from the Star Wars Saga movies. Along the way we might even learn something about the rumored Boba Fett movie. Hit the jump and learn how the Star Wars standalone movies will be different.

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