‘Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts’ Book In Works As Film; ‘Mad Men’ Writer To Adapt
EXCLUSIVE: Argent Pictures and Brigsby Bear producer 3311 Productions are teaming to develop, finance and produce a feature film adapted from Esta Spalding’s children’s book Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts. Former Mad Men writer/co-executive producer Semi Chellas is set to pen the screenplay.
The book, published last year by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, centers on a family of four kids who are living a contemporary Swiss Family Robinson dream on a… Read
Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Chon, the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director whose film Gook won the Next category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is partnering with MACRO on his next original feature. Chon will write and direct a yet untitled feature whose storyline is being kept under wraps for a late 2018 start. He was nominated last month as a "Director To Watch" at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will produce… Read
Who Reps The Black List 2017 Scripts: The Charts
CAA had the most clients on the 2017 Black List of the top unproduced screenplays in town, while Grandview took the same honor among management companies. The totals were tallied after The Black List organization released their annual rankings this morning.
The field seemed more spread out than usual this year, with four agencies scoring 10 or more mentions on the annual list, with UTA taking bragging rights to the voting leader, Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s Ruin. WME… Read
The Black List 2017 Screenplays: Post-WWII Tale ‘Ruin’ Is No. 1 – Full Rankings
UPDATED with full list, full rankings: This year's The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood's top screenplays that haven't been produced, has been revealed this morning. Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s script Ruin received the most votes this year for their story of a nameless ex-Nazi captain who must navigate the ruins of post-World War II Germany and atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death… Read
WGA Awards: Top TV Noms Include ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘The Americans’, ‘GLOW’
The WGA has announced the TV nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, which will be handed out February 11 in dual ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The group also revealed nominations for new media, news, radio/audio and promotion writing categories.
Among the surprises is a Comedy Series nom for Netflix freshman GLOW, which takes on 1980s female pro wrestling. It will go up against such awards-season regulars as HBO’s Veep, Silicon Valley and resurrected Curb Yo… Read
Powerhouse Scribes Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa Ink With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, the screenwriting team that has penned some of Hollywood’s biggest recent tentpole hits including Jurassic World and the first in Fox’s Planet of the Apes trilogy, successfully rebooting both franchises. The husband-and-wife duo also is collaborating on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels now in production, writing Avatar 2.
On the writing side, the duo most recently teamed to pen Disney’s live-action Mulan, which just… Read
Black Bear, ‘Under The Shadow’ Helmer Babak Anvari Team For True Tale Of Female Warriors Who Fought ISIS In Syria
EXCLUSIVE: Black Bear Pictures has partnered with Under the Shadow director Babak Anvari and Two & Two Pictures to develop an untitled feature drama set in the deadly Syrian crisis zones. Christian Contreras is set to write the untitled project, which Anvari will direct. The drama is based on true stories about female freedom fighters of Kurdish and Western descent who joined forces to battle against ISIS in an effort to reclaim Raqqa and restore stability to one of the… Read
‘The Big Sick’: Emily V. Gordon On Turning Life Into Art & How The Film Got Its Title
“A Pakistani stand-up comedian falls in love with a young woman who promptly falls into a coma.” This kind of elevator pitch would feel contrived, if it weren’t also based on a true story. But truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction.
As Emily V. Gordon drafted her screenplay for The Big Sick with husband Kumail Nanjiani (of HBO’s Silicon Valley), the problems she confronted were manifold. Primarily, it’s impossible to imagine a more personal cinematic endeavor than The Big… Read
‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Director Noah Baumbach On His Personally Rooted Penchant For New York Stories
A defining voice in American independent cinema ever since his 1995 debut with Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbach has a natural knack for human observation and crafting sharp dialogue that feels entirely true. These talents are on display with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a Netflix pic which premiered at Cannes to great acclaim, centering on the three dysfunctional adult children of a narcissistic, artistic patriarch.
Meyerowitz sees Baumbach working at… Read
Paramount Pictures Taps Writer Barbara Curry For Dating App Killer Feature ‘Gasp’
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has tapped screenwriter Barbara Curry to pen their upcoming feature Gasp, the dramatic investigative thriller is inspired by several true stories of women who were killed by men they met on dating apps. Kind of like a modern day Looking for Mr. Goodbar, it seems.
And what better writer to script: Curry segued to screenwriting after a decade serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office.
Produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman's… Read
Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo In Talks For Joe Carnahan-Directed ‘Boss Level’
EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo are in talks to star in Boss Level, an action thriller that Joe Carnahan will direct next year. The premise: Every day, a retired special forces veteran (Grillo) is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Carnahan wrote the script.
The film will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark… Read
‘The Other Typist’ Taps Black List Screenwriter For Keira Knightley Starrer
EXCLUSIVE: Marissa Jo Cerar has been tapped to do a rewrite of The Other Typist for Fox Searchlight. This is the project that Keira Knightley has long been attached to star and produce along with Scott Free UK. Based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Rindell, the film is a pitch-black comedy about a police stenographer accused of murder in 1920s Manhattan.
Fox Searchlight optioned the novel in 2013. The story centers on Rose, a lonely and isolated typist in a… Read