Swamp Thing trailer

Gary Dauberman has moved up in James Wan’s crew. He’s written the three Annabelle movies and makes his directorial debut on Annabelle Comes Home. He also produced The Curse of La Llorona and wrote and produced The Nun. He’s also co-created DC Universe’s new Swamp Thing streaming series, which Wan produced via his Atomic Monster production company.

Dauberman spoke with /Film by phone about Swamp Thing this week. He’s about to make the press rounds again next month for Annabelle Comes Home and he also gave us updates on Salem’s Lot, It: Chapter 2, the Train to Busan remake, Annabelle Comes Home and Are You Afraid Of the Dark. Swamp Thing premieres today on DC Universe.

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Swamp Thing is not Mark Verheiden’s first comic book adaptation. He wrote the screenplay for Timecop, based on his own comic, and the screenplay for The Mask. He also wrote for Daredevil on Netflix. Now he is running DC Universe’s Swamp Thing alongside Gary Dauberman.

Verheiden spoke with /Film by phone this week. Swamp Thing was originally going to run 13 episodes but the last three were cut. He addressed that and the development of the streaming series in our interview. Swamp Thing premieres today.

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good omens review

Filmmakers have been trying to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens for decades. While Pratchett is no longer with us, Gaiman is finally doing it himself and the result is a six-episode miniseries. 

In the series, angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant) are friends who enjoy Earth quite a bit. So when the antichrist comes of age and begins kickstarting the apocalypse, Crowley and Aziraphale work to prevent it, even though both Heaven and Hell want it to happen.

Gaiman spoke with /Film outside a room at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. He revealed how much of Good Omens was inspired by director Terry Gilliam’s development work and how he decided what still had to be cut from the book. We also spoke about his upcoming reboot of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. Good Omens premieres Friday, May 31 on Amazon.

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King of the monsters trailer final

After the success of 2014’s American Godzilla from Legendary Pictures, director Gareth Edwards and co-writer Max Borenstein began working on a sequel. They ultimately left the project and Michael Dougherty created his sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Dougherty spoke with /Film at the film’s Los Angeles press junket about the development of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and creating all-new Titan creatures for the film. Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens Friday, May 31.

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brightburn extended trailer

When we spoke with Brian and Mark Gunn, the screenwriters of Brightburn, they shared many details about the script that did not end up in the final film. They even told us about a different ending, and potential sequel plans, but for you to appreciate those, you’d have to see how Brightburn actually ends.

We didn’t want to spoil Brightburn before it opens, so we saved a little bit of our interview with the Gunns for this week. This story contains spoilers for Brightburn, so proceed with caution.

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brightburn review

James Gunn is using his clout in Hollywood to get more original horror movies made. He produced The Belko Experiments from his own screenplay, and now he’s produced Brightburn, written by his brothers Brian and Mark Gunn and directed by Dave Yarovesky.

Brightburn is the story of a childless couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) who find a baby crashed in a meteor on their farm (stop us if you’ve heard this one before). While Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) may share an origin with Superman, he turns out to be a monster, using his super powers to attack the classmate who rejects him and kill the adults who try to discipline him.

Brian and Mark Gunn spoke with /Film by phone this week about their screenplay to Brightburn. They revealed a number of scenes that did not survive their early drafts, and discussed the themes of boys using their power for evil. Brightburn is in theaters today.

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the hustle trailer new

It’s clear Jac Schaeffer is going to be a writer we’re following for a long time, since she wrote a screenplay for Black Widow and is running Marvel’s WandaVision for Disney+. Even now, her current film captures the hearts of ‘80s movie buffs like me. The Hustle is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway in the roles originated by Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

Penny (Wilson) is a petty con artist catfishing guys. Josephine (Hathaway) is a high class European working the long con. When Penny comes to town and threatens Josephine’s game, she tries to take Penny under her wing instead. Ultimately, they pick a target to see who can con first and win the territory.

Schaeffer took a break from developing WandaVision to discuss The Hustle by phone. Schaeffer was also a writer on Captain Marvel and wrote the short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and directed her own screenplay, TiMER. The Hustle is in theaters now.

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Detective Pikachu Screenwriter Interview

Pokemon has been many things: card games, video games, animated series, animated movies, and now the live-action movie Detective Pikachu. Well, live-action with CGI Pokemon who fit seamlessly into the world of Ryme City.

Tim (Justice Smith) travels to Ryme City to collect his dead estranged father’s things. When his dad’s partner, Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) shows up, Tim finds he can hear Pikachu speaking English, unlike the usual Pokemon language. Together, Tim and Pikachu try to solve the mystery of what happened to Tim’s father.

Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit wrote Detective Pikachu and spoke with /Film by phone last week. They discussed adapting the Pokemon world and Detective Pikachu specifically. Detective Pikachu opens Friday, May 10.

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The goal of Pokemon is to catch ’em all, and you’ll find a lot of them in Detective Pikachu. The live-action adaptation of the video game includes lots of Pokemon from many different games from across the franchise.

In the film, Tim (Justice Smith) has given up Pokemon until his father’s sudden death brings him into contact with Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). Tim and Pikachu investigate Ryme City to discover the cause of Tim’s father’s death, and guess what? It involves a lot of other Pokemon.

Rob Letterman directed Detective Pikachu and he spoke with /Film by phone last week about filling the movie with Pokemon Easter eggs. Detective Pikachu opens Friday, May 10.

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Chernobyl Trailer

The meltdown at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Russia was an international disaster in 1984. Plenty of investigations and reporting occurred in the aftermath, but now whole generations have been born and come of age since then. HBO’s new miniseries Chernobyl puts viewers inside the meltdown with the plant workers, Russian scientists, doctors, nurses and soldiers in the mid-‘80s.

Chernobyl is a change of pace for screenwriter Craig Mazin. Mazin has had a lucrative career in studio comedies, with credits that include the Scary Movie franchise and the Hangover series, as well as plenty of uncredited work on Hollywood blockbusters. Mazin also co-hosts the Script Notes podcast with John August, where they discuss the ins and outs of screenwriting and current trends in the industry.

Mazin spoke with /Film by phone before Chernobyl premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Chernobyl premieres tonight at on HBO and airs in six parts total.

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