CBS Names Writers Mentoring Program Participants For 2017-18
CBS said today that it has selected eight people to take part in its 2017-18 Writers Mentoring Program. In its 14th year, the program serves to provide mentorships, access and opportunity for aspiring scribes.
This year’s mentees are (from left in photo above): Ashley Charbonnet, Krystal Banzon, Jovan Robinson, Naomi Iwamoto, Shuo Zhang, Munis Rashid, Gil Hizon and April Shih. Read their mini-bios below.
The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with an executive… Read
‘The Sinner’ EP Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article
EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer.
It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a… Read
‘Beetlejuice 2’ Pushes Forward With New Writer At Warner Bros.
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Vukadinovich will rewrite Beetlejuice 2 at Warner Brothers, a project that has been long gestating as a re-pairing of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. No deals are anywhere near done with Burton or Keaton but Deadline hears that the two — who are currently working on Dumbo at Disney — have been excited at the thought of collaborating on a sequel. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions would produce this one.
The original Beetlejuice… Read
NBC Names Eight To Its ‘Writers on the Verge’ Diversity Program
NBC's Writers on the Verge, the network's program to develop aspiring television writers from diverse backgrounds, has named eight writers to its class of 2017-18. This year's crop includes comedy writers Nick Bouier, Octavia Bray, Eugene Garcia-Cross and Felicia Pride, and drama writers Celena Cipriaso, William Garroutte, Amy Lambert and Eileen Shim. They were selected from a pool of more than 2,600 applicants.
Founded in 2005, Writers on the Verge is an annual program… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors On How The Tennis Drama Played Pre- And Post-Election — The Contenders London
Contemplating their take on the historic “Battle of the Sexes”—the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs—some writers might be inclined to trot out simple displays of athleticism, emphasizing the tug and pull and sheer physicality of the match itself over a more complicated narrative. For directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris—known for critically acclaimed dramas including Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks—what was much more engaging… Read
Geoffrey Fletcher Set To Pen ‘I Am A Man’ About Historic Memphis Sanitation Strike
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher has been set to write I Am a Man, a feature film adaptation in the works from Sycamore Pictures based on Michael K. Honey’s 2007 book about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike that became a turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement.
The strike, carried out by black employees over poor working conditions and discrimination, drew Martin Luther King Jr, the National Guard and the national media for what… Read
‘The Post’ Screenwriter Liz Hannah Hired To Pen MGM’s ‘Only Plane In The Sky’
EXCLUSIVE: Liz Hannah, the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg’s The Post starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, has just signed on to pen Only Plane in the Sky for MGM. This one also has a political bent, based on a Politico article about the harrowing time immediately following the 9/11 attacks where President George W. Bush and his team were whisked off from a Florida schoolroom and into Air Force One and into the sky — which was considered the safest place to be.
‘Dracula’ & ‘Nottingham’ Creator Cole Haddon Inks With Verve
EXCLUSIVE: Cole Haddon, who created NBC’s Dracula and BBC America’s Nottingham, has signed with Verve.
Most recently, Haddon wrote the script for Small Things, an adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson novella that is set up at 20th Century Fox with Hutch Parker producing. The plot centers on a disgraced scientist sent to an island that has been overrun by advanced forms of nanotechnology that swirl through the jungle, consuming raw materials.
Haddon has his original spec Levi… Read
‘Undone’ Biopic Of Televangelist Sherry Damron Next In Faith-Based Genre
EXCLUSIVE: Undone, the book about the true story of popular ministry pastor Sherry Damron, is being brought to the big screen with God’s Not Dead star Cory Oliver set to star. The project is being scripted by Lynne Logan with Justin Ward aboard to direct. Steve Dorff (Pure Country) has been set to create the score for the film. Production will start first quarter 2018.
The story will follow Damron as a girl raised in church, getting married to an abusive man who beat her… Read
Chloe Castellón & Ridgeway Wilson Set To Adapt Universal’s ‘City Of Saints & Thieves’, Melina Matsoukas Directing
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has tapped scribes Chloe Castellón and Ridgeway Wilson to adapt the screenplay for the upcoming film City of Saints & Thieves, based on Natalie C. Anderson’s debut novel. Insecure‘s chief director and exec producer Melina Matsoukas is officially attached to direct the feature, which has Will Packer's Will Packer Productions and Kerry Washington's Simpson Street on board as producers.
The story centers on the protagonist Tina, a girl who has… Read
Women’s Media Summit Calls For Boycott Of Movies That Snub Female Filmmakers
The Women's Media Summit, a group of more than 100 leaders from various industries, has issued a white paper outlining a plan of action for "eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media." One of its strategies is to “boycott films that score poorly on gender equity."
"Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and greenlighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television," according to the… Read
Beau Willimon Elected President Of WGA East
The WGA East has a new president, and ideally things will go more smoothly for him than the president he created for House of Cards. Beau Willimon has been elected to the top job at the NYC-based guild. He ran unopposed as Michael Winship chose not to seek re-election after serving as WGAE president since 2007.
Incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider also faced no competition and were returned to office.
In the council races, Bonnie… Read