Before the DC Extended Universe was a twinkle in Zack Snyder’s eye, there was the scrapped Justice League script by Will Beall, penned in 2011 and never heard from again.
Not much is known about this lost script other than the fact that Ben Affleck was being considered to direct it before he signed on to be Snyder’s Batman. That, and it was rumored to be “terrible” by insiders at Warner Bros., leading the studio to throw out the script shortly before Man of Steel‘s release. But now, you can decide that for yourself. The long-lost script’s plot details have resurfaced and it’s chock full of wild plot twists, Darkseid, and a baby.
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Do you hear that sound? That’s the lamentation of Conan fans across the world after reading this headline. After spending years in development, it sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-brewing sequel The Legend of Conan is finally dead at Universal. But Arnold, ever the optimist, seems to still be holding on to some tiny sliver of hope.
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This summer’s new take on The Mummy doesn’t even open for a few more months, but Universal keeps on digging in their heels and doubling down on their new monsters universe. And while the studio waits with bated breath to see if there’s a blockbuster-sized audience for this new venture, they keep on hiring writers to shepherd new characters to the screen. And for their new take on The Creature From the Black Lagoon, a writer already very familiar with lead characters who are more able in water than on land has nabbed the job.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Angie Han
The DC Extended Universe has been off to a rocky start, to put it mildly. Yes, their films have made money, but the audience reactions to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad have been divided at best. Still, they’ve got a few promising projects coming up on the slate including Justice League and The Batman. And those involved with the franchise would really, really like you to know that they’re going to be good.
In a new interview, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall talks up Justice League as “much more fun” and “much poppier” than its somber predecessors. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck reassures fans that, yes, he’s still planning to direct The Batman. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
CBS did not present a Television Critics Association panel for their upcoming series Training Day, based on the 2001 movie, but the cast and creators attended their evening party. Screenwriter Will Beall adapted the movie for television under producers Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer. I actually ran into Beall just as he was about to leave the party, in line at a waffle truck parked for dessert.
Beall said this was the first formal interview he had given on Training Day, which now has veteran Det. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) take rookie Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) under his wing. The movie had Denzel Washington as a corrupt cop training a rookie played by Ethan Hawke. Beall is also working on the feature film scripts for Aquaman, The Legend of Conan, and Robin Hood, and we discussed them all during our conversation. Training Day could be on CBS this fall or midseason. Note: this interview contains spoilers for the movie Training Day. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Fred Topel
I ran into Will Beall at the end of the CBS/CW/Showtime party for the Television Critics Association. Beall developed Training Day for television and is also writing the screenplay for Aquaman. Even though news recently broke that Black Manta is the film’s villain, Beall could not address it. However, we were able to speak about underwater action versus action out of the oceans.
“I can tell you that not all of the action takes place underwater,” Beall said. “Some of the most fun action in the movie actually takes place on dry land.” Read More »
Antoine Fuqua‘s film Training Day is still his most significant movie, and it helped propel the career of Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer. That Best Actor Oscar for star Denzel Washington didn’t hurt the film, either. Now there’s a Training Day TV show brewing, because of course there is.
The show was Fuqua’s idea, and he and original producer Jerry Bruckheimer are putting together a package with Warner Bros. TV. The show pitch is going out to the four major networks, and given the recognizance of the title we could see something come together relatively fast, with Fuqua directing the pilot.
Update: On August 13, CBS won a bidding war amongst the four major networks for the Training Day TV series. And, yeah, that seems a little weird, as CBS seems like pretty much the last place Training Day would be at home. The network goes as far as Criminal Minds when it comes to “gritty,” but perhaps things are changing, or perhaps this series will be less hardcore than the film. Deadline says the show has a pilot production commitment, so there’s a way to go before full series.
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“We’re on track to deliver a slate of films that will delight audiences everywhere thanks to the efforts of the many exceptionally talented people invested in the success of this universe.”
That’s Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros., talking about the studio’s upcoming slate of DC movies. It’s not only the obvious studio sentiment, it’s what fans all over the world want to believe. They hope one of the biggest, most powerful movie studios, controlling some of the most beloved characters, is going to treat them right in a way we can all treasure.
While that statement very well might end up being true when the films hit the theaters, at the moment, it’s a bit more difficult to believe. The Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating and scathing report on the construction of the DC Cinematic Universe. It cites numerous examples that no one knows exactly how this is all going to come together. One example? Five writers were hired to write competing versions of Wonder Woman. Three writers were hired to do that for Aquaman, and more. Read more about the upcoming DC movies below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Pretty soon there will be more Robin Hood movies in development than there are Merry Men. Warner Bros. is following Sony, Disney, and Lionsgate into Sherwood Forest with its own take on the outlaw hero, scripted by Aquaman and Gangster Squad writer Will Beall. Get all the details on the Warner Bros Robin Hood movie after the jump. Read More »
Looks like Warner Bros. and DC have plans for Aquaman that extend beyond an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League film that will follow it. WB has ordered two separate scripts for an Aquaman movie, which are being written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire). Read More »