scriptbook software

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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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Enlists Two More Writers

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Ant-Man and the Wasp may not be a heist movie, but it’s currently in the “getting the gang back together” phase of any good heist movie. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly were basically confirmed to return the second the film was announced (those are their character’s names in the title, after all). Director Peyton Reed soon followed, and so, it seems, has writer Adam McKay. Now scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are set to come back as well.

More about the Ant-Man and the Wasp writers after the jump.  Read More »

scorsese evel knievel movie

Someone in Hollywood is going to make an Evel Knievel movie and one of our great living filmmakers is going to be sucked into the project. For awhile, it looked like that would be Darren Aronofksy, with Channing Tatum putting on that famous jacket for Sony. But Aronofksy then departed the project to make a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and an Arnold Schwarzenegger revenge film.

Now, Paramount is prepping a rival Evel Knievel biopic and they’re pulling out all the stops. They don’t have star with Tatum’s clout attached, but they do have Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan. Oh, and they have the attention of director Martin Scorsese.

Hit the jump for more on the Scorsese Evel Knievel movie.

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lost james bond movie

Any movie franchise with a 53-year history is going to have some stories of things that never happened and what could have been. Fans of the James Bond films always like to play the “What If?” game. What if George Lazenby had hung around for more movies after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? What if The Spy Who Loved Me could have actually seen the return of Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E., as originally intended? And now we have a new one to ponder: What if Peter Morgan‘s concept for the film that would eventually become Skyfall was filmed?

Morgan, a two-time Oscar nominee for penning The Queen and Frost/Nixon, contributed a treatment titled Once Upon a Spy, which was ultimately rejected by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. And we can see why – this lost James Bond movie would have taken 007 into territory that would’ve been a little too dark, even for Daniel Craig‘s morally gray run with the character.

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