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Writers will tell you one of the best ways to improve yourself is to read other people’s writing. So, for an aspiring screenwriter, reading a ton of scripts is an excellent exercise. It’s one that John August, writer of Go, Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish and The Nines (which he also directed) knows well. As a freshman at the University of Southern California, August was reading almost a script every other day and writing coverage of each, both for class and an internship. “Coverage” is basically a book report written for a superior so they don’t have to read a full script themselves.

A reader of August’s blog was going through a box of papers when they came across something very interesting: August’s coverage of then seemingly unknown filmmaker Quentin Tarantino‘s script for Natural Born Killers. See and read the full document below. Read More »

New Director Signed to Direct Preacher… But Who is it?

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It has been a while since we’ve gotten a solid update on the big screen adaptation of the beloved Vertigo comic book series Preacher. A couple years back, Columbia Pictures picked up the rights and hired American Beauty/Road to Perdition director Sam Mendes to helm the project, but the filmmaker dropped out to pursue Bond. John August (Go, Big Fish) penned the script which producer Neil Moretz has said will be the first of a series of films.

In the latest issue of Total Film Magazine, they talk with producer Moretz about the project, and gives a couple tidbits. First off, the film adaptation will be rated R. Secondly, August’s script is “a really faithful adaptation but made it probably more accessible to a broader audience.” And thirdly, Total Film mentions that “Another unnamed director has apparently signed on.” But who could that filmmaker be?

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Last month, it was reported that John August was in talks with Dreamworks to pen a big screen adaptation of the Monsterpocalypse board game which has been described as “part strategy, part Kaiju Big Battel, and part Rampage!, all played out with miniatures on a tabletop.” At the time, it was speculated that the involvement of Burton’s regular collaborator might mean that Tim Burton was developing the project to direct. We now have a confirmation and more information on the project.

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Last month, it was reported that Tim Burton had become attached as a creative consultant, producer and possibly director of the Disney/Dreamworks film based on Monsterpocalypse, a board game Russ described as “part strategy, part Kaiju Big Battel, and part Rampage!, all played out with miniatures on a tabletop.”

Now HeatVision reports that John August is in negotiations to pen the feature adaptation, which might further confirm Burton’s possible involvement as director. Those of you following August’s career know that he is Burton’s constant collaborator. Talks are said to be “ongoing”.

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Here’s the thing about Preacher: making it into a movie that makes any sense and retains the spirit of the original comic is going to be a hell of a task. (ahem.) Even if Kick-Ass is quite successful, the collision of sex, religion and violence that is Preacher won’t be an easy sell. Producers have tried and failed, and producer Neal Moritz is still plugging along with his take.

Last we heard, he had John August writing the script and Sam Mendes waiting to direct. But then James Bond entered Mendes’ life, and now Preacher needs a new director. Read More »

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In May, Brendon wrote about a 25-page short story distributed online titled The Variant, written by screenwriter and director John August. At the time August said that the story “was and maybe still is supposed to be part of an anthology of short stories written by well-known screenwriters.” Here is a short synopsis written by Brendon:

“At the heart of it, The Variant is a mystery. Our leading character is established as a retired spy, of sorts, who now hides a careful life, hiding himself in a library where he stacks the shelves ad fades away but always watches carefully for danger. One night, a mysterious young woman bursts through the ceiling into his bathroom and hands him a wedding ring on which he notices an inscription. She seems to be somewhat more of a stranger than she actually is…”

August put the story online for only 99 cents. For those of you who didn’t jump at that deal, August is offering an even better price – FREE. But for this weekend only. You can download the PDF from his official website. Apparently on Monday the scribe will be publishing a new short story as well. For those of you who might not be familiar with August (he’s one of my favorite screenwriters), I’ve included some information after the jump.

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John August Alice in Wonderland

John August is a screenwriter I’ve been following for over a decade. He broke onto the scene with a spec script titled Go, which was directed for the screen by Doug Liman (a film I highly recommend). Since then August has written a bunch of adaptations and remakes, mostly in association with director Tim Burton (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride). He made a fantastic directorial debut with an original independent sci-fi mystery drama The Nines, and he’s producing Prince of Persia, wrote Preacher, and is also attached to Burton’s Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows.

Aside from being a screenwriter and filmmaker, August regularly blogs about his craft and the film business on his blog JohnAugust.com. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, August’s blog is a must read. His latest post is on his history with Alice in Wonderland, a film he’s “not written” three times (and no, that wasn’t a typo…). He explains how Go was originally envisioned as a retelling of Alice (a revealation that completely blew my mind), and talks about his time trying to adapt American McGee’s twisted video game version of Alice for Wes Craven and a Finding Neverland-esque take on the project that was set-up with director Sam Mendes at Dreamworks, and was killed when Burton’s adaptation was announced. Read the blog now on JohnAugust.com.

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