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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The comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking was announced back in 2014, but the project has stalled out for a while. Now, the Chris Pratt film has finally found its director: television veteran Michelle MacLaren. This, along with the upcoming Nightingale, will be the acclaimed TV director’s first official foray into feature filmmaking. More on the Cowboy Ninja Viking director below.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:
- Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
- Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
- Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
- See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
- Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still
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Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Hollywood has no shortage of movies about Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, while poor old Thanksgiving tends to get overlooked. It’s a great release date, but not a movie subject. Not so any longer. Relativity Media is diving into the animation game with Turkeys, a CG comedy due out in 2014. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson will lend their voices to two of the titular creatures, while Jimmy Hayward is on board to direct. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
The wolf pack has already done Las Vegas and Bangkok, and it appears that they’ll be heading to yet another world-famous party town for the third and final stop on their debauched tour. A couple of different outlets are reporting that The Hangover Part III will be set in Tijuana, Mexico, though an insider says much of the film will be shot in Los Angeles and Las Vegas before the cast and crew head south of the border. More details after the jump.
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Two of comedy’s most marketable faces, teaming up for a little Internet humor, have now found a host. Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong) has signed on to direct a Universal comedy called Identity Theft starring Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids breakout actress Melissa McCarthy. The casting was announced a few months back but the title has now changed, along with the addition of a director.
In the film, written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), Bateman will play a normal guy whose identity is stolen by McCarthy. Originally, McCarthy’s part was written for a man but after Bateman, who is also a producer, saw Bridesmaids, he asked for a rewrite by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). Read more after the jump.
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In the past year, Chris Columbus has become attached to a couple different films as producer and possible director (Hello Ghost, Percy Jackson 2 ) and now he’s got one more. He’s in talks to direct The Secret Lives of Road Crews, which sounds like the title of a drenched-in-irony memoir, but is really a comedic action script by Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott that involves subterranean monsters and the men assembled to combat them. Read More »
After the monster weekend that Warner Bros. enjoyed with The Hangover Part II, there was no question at all that a third film would quickly go into development. The first step in that process is pulling a writer to develop the script, and Warner Bros. and Legendary have reportedly tapped Craig Mazin for that gig. And if a recent interview he gave is any indication, the third film might have a hell of an ending. Read More »
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Dimension Films have finally announced the completed cast line-up for their upcoming superhero comedy spoof. The cast of Superhero includes: Drake Bell (Yours, Mine and Ours), Sara Paxton (Sydney White), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun), Kevin Hart (Soul Plane), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Ryan Hansen (Palo Alto), Jeffrey Tambor (Hellboy) and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
I’m a little disappointed with the cast list (with the exception of McDonald and Spiner), but I’ve already set my expectations really low as Scary Movie 3 & 4 writer/director Craig Mazin will helm the project. I really think a superhero spoof could be great if done right. I’m kind of surprised that they’re not calling it “Superhero Movie”, or has America caught on that the Scary Movie franchise sucks? If so, I’m surprised it took four films.