Gary Whitta Oliver Twist

To promote the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) sat down with us for an extensive interview spanning his career thus far. Over the course of this week we will be posting all of the parts of this interview broken up into digestible thematic bites — we’re calling it “/Film’s Week Of Whitta”.

If you missed it, yesterday we ran the first part which featured Gary Whitta talking about growing up with Star Wars, dealing with prequel and special edition disappointment, writing the Star Wars prequel for director Gareth Edwards, and much more.

Today we return with the second installment, with Whitta explaining how he went from being a video game journalist to working as a screenwriter. We learn about his first spec screenplay that got him an agent, a futuristic re-telling of Oliver Twist which never got made into a movie but is now coming out in comic book form. (We have an exclusive look at two pages of the Gary Whitta Oliver Twist comic book.) He talks about writing for video games like Duke Nukem Forever and how that’s different from writing movies. We also learn the screenwriter’s thoughts on sequelitis and the current trend of creating novels and comics as a backdoor way to get “original” stories to the big screen. Read the Gary Whitta screenwriting interview after the jump.

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Terminator Genisys script

After a trailer and Super Bowl spot, it’s pretty fair to say fans are lukewarm on Alan Taylor‘s Terminator Genisys. We’re intrigued by the casting and some of the ideas teased in these spots, but the ultimate execution is a huge question mark. Well, Thursday, two pieces of news broke which are both on the encouraging side.

First up, Paramount and IMAX have announced that Genisys will be released in IMAX when it hits theaters on July 1. That’s not a guarantee of quality, but it’s good news for fans of the franchise who want to see the new film in the biggest format possible.

Second, an Arnold Schwarzenegger fansite posted two Terminator Genisys script reviews, both of which are positive. They’re spoiler free too, so no worries there, and you can read excerpts below. Read More »

new Halloween movie

Michael Myers never stays dead for too long, and now he’s returning to the big screen. Dimension films has revived efforts to make a new Halloween film. The first step in the process is to hire Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who together wrote several Saw movies (specifically the latter four films), to write the script for the new film. But what is this Halloween going to be? Reportedly, it will be a “recalibration,” which seems like a single-word replacement for “we’re not sure yet.” Read More »

How To Write Movies

Academy Originals’s Creative Spark series profiles screenwriter John August‘s creative process. August’s list of credits include Go, Charlie’s Angeles, Big Fish, Frankenweenie and many other films. He’s probably best known for his adaptations and his collaborations with director Tim Burton. We have often featured August on the site because we’re fans of his work (Go is in my top 10 of all time) and he puts himself out there to help aspiring screenwriters learn about the craft and how the business works — we sometimes point to the instructional content he produces. In this Creative Spark video, August gives us a rundown of how he comes up with ideas, how he crafts a scene, and how his screenplays are created. Watch the how to write movies video now embedded after the jump.

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steve jobs movie flashbacks

In November 2012 we learned that Aaron SorkinsSteve Jobs biopic would be presented in three long real-time sequences written around specific Apple keynote events. Now that the movie is filming, under the direction of filmmaker Danny Boyle, we are starting to learn more about the feature film.

Last week video footage was released from the the film set outside of Steve Jobs’ old home in Los Altos, California where they are filming the garage where Jobs and Steve Wozniak began the Apple empire. This led a lot of people to wonder if Sorkin’s screenplay has changed. Will the film still be set during three Apple keynotes? And if so, how is does the Apple garage work into things? Find out about the Steve Jobs movie flashbacks, after the jump.

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Simon Pegg Co-Writing ‘Star Trek 3′

Simon Pegg writing Star Trek 3

Simon Pegg has some big writing credits to his name — stuff you’ve probably seen, like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Spaced. Now he’s reportedly set to co-write Star Trek 3, and will work on the script with Doug Jung. Read More »

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  • Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4
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Late last week, news quietly broke that Gary Whitta was no longer the writer of Gareth EdwardsStar Wars standalone movie. The departure seemed amicable, as both Whitta and Edwards released statements to The Hollywood Reporter. But it raised several questions about the film, which is scheduled to go in front of cameras at Pinewood Studios later this year once Spectre finishes production.

Primary among those questions was, if Whitta is out, who will be taking over the writing duties on the December 16, 2016 release? /Film has learned, but was unable to confirm, that it will be Simon Kinberg. At Lucasfilm, Kinberg is a consultant on The Force Awakens, a writer and producer on Star Wars Rebels, and writer of at least one standalone movie. Whether or not that became this film or is another remains unclear. But Kinberg will be taking over duties for Whitta on this movie. Read More »

goonies 2 script

When the director of a movie says it’s going to happen, you generally believe it’s going to happen. That’s what occurred last spring with Richard Donner, director of The Goonies, said “We’re doing a sequel.” That was news to some of the film’s stars, like Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. Astin seemed confident the film would happen, but had a more specific update that producers were looking for writers based on a solid outline.

If that’s the case, that’s as far as things have gone though. Producer Frank Marshall recently said there is no script at all, but talks have happened. Read The Goonies 2 script update below. Read More »