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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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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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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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Jonathan Levine Interview

Put Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in a rom-com and that’s automatically a funny combination. Long Shot goes there, but there’s also much more to it. It’s also about politics, particularly about women in politics, and about the media and journalism. The Wackness, 50/50 and Snatched director Jonathan Levine directs the script by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah.

Fred Flarsky (Rogen) is a liberal blogger who quits when conservative Wembley Media buys the site he writes for. Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Theron) used to be Fred’s babysitter, so she hires him to write speeches for her Presidential campaign. Romance does ensue, but against the backdrop of double standards for women, hypocritical self-righteousness, and classic ‘90s references.

Levine spoke with /Film by phone this week about his latest movie, which was formerly known as Flarsky. Long Shot is in theaters today.

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Now that Cobra Kai season two is out, there are some major episodes that warrant spoiler discussions. The cast and creators of Cobra Kai were happy to discuss those episodes as long as the stories ran after the season premiered and we include the spoiler warnings. So this one includes spoilers for episode six. Make sure you’ve seen episode six by the time you read this story, and we won’t spoil anything in episode seven or beyond.

Still: spoilers ahead.

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Cobra Kai season 2

Season 2 of Cobra Kai delivered a lot of what fans were hoping for, and plenty of surprises. We want to talk about all of it, but we don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So definitely don’t read this until you’ve finished the season finale of Cobra Kai. But when you see one of the payoffs in the season finale, you might be interested to know that a certain fight was even longer on the set.

Spoilers for Cobra Kai’s season two finale follow.

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If you’ve made it to the end of Cobra Kai season two, you’ve probably got as many questions as we did about where it leaves things off. The creators and stars of the show answered some of those questions, under the condition that the stories ran after the season premiered and with lots of spoiler warnings.

So this story addresses a lot of the events of Cobra Kai’s second season finale. Don’t read this until you’ve finished the new season of Cobra Kai.

Major spoilers follow.

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