Paramount is pulling together a writer’s cabal to develop new Transformers films and spin-offs for a “Marvel-style connected universe,” and two more people have just been added to the roster. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the pair who did a lot of rewrite work on Ant-Man, have joined the team. More interesting to Transformers fans will be that one idea reportedly being kicked around is a movie that would take place on Cybertron. Read More »
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Almost any studio tentpole has a parade of different writers working on the script. Some get credit; many do not. In the case of Ant-Man, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish did most of the work, writing a series of drafts that got the film through development. But then a significant rewrite, said to be by frequent Marvel One-Shot writer Eric Pearson, led to Wright and Cornish departing the film. Adam McKay was hired to rewrite for new director Peyton Reed.
Now we’ve got a new set of names for the film. Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer have written the mooted Sabrina the Teenage Witch re-do, and the Magic Castle movie McG was once set to direct. They have reportedly come on board to do a last polish and then act as the on-set writers as the film is in production.
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Briefly: Hollywood’s Magic Castle — that private magic club that is home to Academy of Magical Arts — was recently revealed as the location for a new film. The movie has the working title Magic Castle (surprise!), but that’s just about all we’ve known of it, other than that the film was born out of a new representation deal the organization signed with CAA. Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari are writing, but the details of their script are being kept more secret than the explanation of how the old “saw a woman in half” trick works. (“Fake legs?!”)
Now THR reports that McG is set to direct the film, which, after his most recent picture This Means War, might help set your expectation level somewhat. This won’t be McG’s next film; that’s Three Days to Kill, which stars Kevin Costner. That’s scheduled to shoot soon, and then in February, when it is done, McG will have a flunky open the door to the Magic Castle and he’ll make it his own.
At the multiplex, male superheroes have all the fun. For every one Elektra, there must be at least five Avengers, Spider-Man or Dark Knight’s. Even the most famous female superhero, Wonder Woman, can’t get her own big budget live-action movie. Sony thinks the market is there though and is turning back into the history books for their female superhero film. They’re adapting the Archie Comics turned popular television property Sabrina The Teenage Witch for the big screen with a bit more edge and a superhero spin. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will write and Mark Waters (Mean Girls) could direct. Read more below. Read More »