McG’s ‘Ouija’ Gets a New Writer

Perhaps you were hoping that the Universal collaboration with Hasbro would somehow fail to produce the Ouija Board movie that we’ve been promised. (Or warned of, take your pic.) But the Platinum Dunes-produced, McG-directed film is very much alive. Tron Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were originally on the script, but they’re now dealing with their TV show Once Upon a Time and Ouija consequently needs a new writer. That the new guy has a lot of Disney experience might surprise you, until realizing that he also worked on Universal’s Wanted 2. Read More »

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Mark Millar Defends Wanted 2 Screenwriter

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Last week we reported that Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and its DVD Halloween spin-off, had been hired to write Wanted 2. Like others, I was a little surprised that a screenwriter with a past filmography comprising of family animated films was hired to pen the sequel to a balls-to-the-wall action-filled comic book adaptation. Comic book creator and producer Mark Millar has finally commented, coming to the defense of Spiliotopoulos:

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Universal has hired a new writer to pen a sequel to the popular comic book movie action film Wanted. Who did they hire? Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and its DVD Halloween spin-off. It doesn’t make sense, but it doesn’t really have to make sense. The screenwriters of the first film wrote 2 Fast 2 Furious and Catch that Kid.

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Paramount to Adapt the Agnes Quill Graphic Novel

Thor Freudenthal (Hotel For Dogs) will direct a big screen adaptation of Dave Roman‘s graphic novel Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery for Paramount. The 136-page, black-and white trade paperback collects all of the Agnes Quill stories, which is illustrated by Jason Ho, Jen Wang, Jeff Zornow, and Eisner-nominee Raina Telgemeier. The official plot synopsis from the book follows:

“Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves, and the ghosts who help, hinder, or just plain annoy her. Set in Legerdemain—a congested, fog-filled, cobblestone-paved Victorian city built around a cemetery the size of Central Park—Agnes’ adventures include confrontations with trapped spirits, cursed souls, possessed relatives, disappearing pets, decapitated scientists, ambitious zombies, and a mess of other supernatural oddities.”

Disney direct-to-video-sequel writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Lion King 1½, The Jungle Book 2) is writing the script. You can read a huge preview of the book on Google Books.

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