The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and… Read
‘Silicon Valley’ Showrunner Alec Berg On The Great Challenge Of Writing Serialized Comedy
Working as an EP and writer on cultural staples including Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm—and now, Silicon Valley—Alec Berg is something of a comedy legend. On his latest HBO series, in line with a career evolution stemming from Curb, Berg has taken on even more hats, as the director of a great number of episodes.
This season, the TV veteran has earned his 13th Emmy nomination for his writing of the Season 4 opener, “Success Failure,” and the controversial, abrupt exit of T… Read
‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator Vince Gilligan On “Sticking It To The Sandwich Makers” With Visual Approach To Storytelling
One of the most extraordinary, defining figures in television—particularly over the last decade—two-time Emmy winner Vince Gilligan is back in the race this year for his directing of Better Call Saul.
Driven on through Breaking Bad and its subsequent prequel series by a passionate love affair with visual storytelling, Gilligan attributes the success of his series to the months of lead time granted by AMC and Sony execs before production starts. As Gilligan tells it, this… Read
‘The Hacker Is Watching’ Gets UK-Based Writer Julian Simpson
EXCLUSIVE: With cyber-hacking such a critical topic across the county and especially in the entertainment industry with HBO the latest to be victimized, The Hacker is Watching at 20th Century Fox just got UK-based screenwriter/director Julian Simpson (Dr. Who) signed on to pen the cyber-thriller.
The Hacker is Watching is based on a 2012 GQ investigative article written by David Kushner about the origins, causes, and cycles of cyber hacks and the countermeasures of… Read
New York TV Festival Lists Picks For Its Script Competition
The New York Television Festival is out with its list of 20 comedy and drama scripts that will vie in its second annual NYTVF Scripts Competition, which expanded this year to include drama pilot scripts from writers worldwide. The 13th annual NYTVF runs October 23-28 in Manhattan.
All of the competing writers and creators will enjoy designation as Official Artists, which qualifies them for a chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF's Development Partners… Read
Paramount Players Lands First Project: ‘Vacation Guide To The Solar System’
Paramount Players has acquired its first project. In competitive bidding, the division hatched by Brian Robbins acquired the book Vacation Guide To The Solar System, which will be adapted by Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It’s based on the book by Olivia Koski, head of operations for Guerilla Science, and Jana Grcevich, an astronomer who has presented at the Hayden Planetarium. It was inspired by Koski and Grcevich’s work with… Read
‘License To Drive’: Female-Driven Reboot Hits The Road With Fox And John Davis
EXCLUSIVE: License To Drive, the comedy that starred the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman) and a young Heather Graham in 1988, is being rebooted with female leads thanks to producer John Davis and 20th Century Fox. Alish Brophy and Scott Miles (Girl Problems) have just been hired to develop the remake, which is being described as the female version of Superbad.
The original film (also produced by Davis) was about a boy who, after failing his driver’s license tests, sneaks out… Read
Marvel Taps Geneva Robertson-Dworet To Script ‘Captain Marvel’
EXCLUSIVE: Marvel has set Geneva Robertson-Dworet to take over and write the script for Captain Marvel, the Brie Larson-starrer that will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind). Meg LeFauve & Nicole Perlman originally were set to write the script, but LeFauve had to leave to direct the Disney Animation pic Gigantic with Nathan Greno.
That creates a big opportunity for Robertson-Dworet, whose script credits include the upcoming Tomb Raider pic for… Read
Ali Wong & Randall Park Set To Star In Netflix Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has set American Housewife‘s Ali Wong and Fresh Off The Boat‘s Randall Park to star in an untitled feature comedy they wrote with Michael Golamco. The film follows two childhood friends who find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic situations when they fall in love as adults. Netflix is moving quickly to hire a director.
Wong, who is upcoming in the Sam Elliott pic Hero, and worked with Park in the years she was a writer/consultant on Fresh Off T… Read
WGA Call For Submissions For Best Feature Doc Screenplays
The WGA just announced that the submission period is now open for the 2018 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award which will honor outstanding achievement in documentary feature writing. Submissions will be accepted today through Nov. 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM.
WGA Documentary Screenplay nominees, as well as Original and Adapted Screenplay nominees, will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The 2018 70th Annual WGA Awards will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, Feb… Read
Tom Brady Book ’12’ & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team – UPDATED
UPDATED, 8:59 AM: More information has come to light this AM about the book and movie based on the New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady. Little, Brown and Company just won a bidding war for the book which is entitled 12 and written by authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. The story chronicles the Patriot’s miraculous come-from-behind win in this year's Super Bowl. The book will be published in 2018.
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (The Maze Runner) will be producing the movie… Read
Sam Shepard Dies: Broadway Will Dim The Lights For Revered Playwright & Actor
UPDATED Tuesday AM: The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed for one minute Wednesday night in memory of playwright, actor and novelist Sam Shepard beginning at 7:45.
On Broadway, Shepard debuted with his contribution to the musical revue Oh! Calcutta! (1969) followed by Operation Sidewinder (1970), a revival of Oh! Calcutta! (1976), Buried Child (1996), True West (2000), and Fool for Love (2015). He received Tony Award nominations in 2000 for True West and 1996… Read