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Philip Gawthorne To Adapt ‘Chrononauts’ For ‘Furious’ Franchiser Chris Morgan

EXCLUSIVE: Playwright-screenwriter Philip Gawthorne has been hired by Universal Pictures to adapt the graphic novel Chrononauts, a comic book series created by Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy. The producer is Chris Morgan — who has written six films in the billion-dollar Fast & Furious franchise including The Fate Of The Furious, which just chalked up the biggest worldwide opening weekend in history with $532 million. Chrononauts is a time-traveling adventure that… Read


‘Scythe’ Lands ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ Scribes Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set 10 Cloverfield Lane scribes Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken to adapt Scythe, the Neal Shusterman YA novel. Uni-based producer Dylan Clark will produce alongside Trevor Engelson. Shusterman will be executive producer. Scythe is set in a future where humans have eradicated disease — leaving the population to be controlled by people called Scythes. They are aptly named, tasked with killing others at random in the name of population… Read


New York Mayor’s Office Unveils Script Contest Winners

The New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn College's Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema today announced that Patty Carey-Perazzo's Half-Life and Robin Rose Singer's Adult Behavior were chosen from more than 300 submitted scripts for development into pilots that will air on NYC Media. The city's broadcast network has a reach of 18 million households. One of the two winning pilots will be selected for the creation of four additional episodes… Read


James Gunn To Direct And Write ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

James Gunn

James Gunn is officially set to return to the Guardians Of The Galaxy universe to write and direct the third installment in the Marvel franchise. The director made the announcement today via his Facebook page, ahead of the start of the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 U.S. press junkets. Beginning by answering a couple of questions that he knew he was going to get asked during the press tour, Gunn went straight to “the question that comes up perhaps the most is, ‘What's the… Read


‘Fast And Furious’ Producer Neal Moritz’s ‘Harbinger’ At Sony Picks Writing Duo

EXCLUSIVE: Sony has hired duo Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden to do a rewrite of their superhero film Harbinger. The project is being produced by Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz (Original Films). Harbinger is the first of five films that Sony has from a deal with comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment superheroes and Beverly Hills/Beijing-based DMG. The other film in the Valiant mix is Bloodshot. Harbinger, which will also be produced by… Read


TriStar Rebirths World Of ‘Labyrinth:’ ‘Spider Web’s Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu Aboard

EXCLUSIVE: TriStar has set Fede Alvarez to direct a film that will delve into the universe Jim Henson hatched in the 1986 Jim Henson-directed cult classic Labyrinth. Alvarez and Jay Basu will co-write the story, with the latter penning the script. The duo will take on that hallowed project after Alvarez directs the script he wrote with Basu for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga that Sony began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… Read


Kathleen Robertson To Adapt ‘The Possibilities’ For Jason Reitman At Fox Searchlight

EXCLUSIVE: Kathleen Robertson will adapt The Possibilities, Kaui Hart Hemmings' follow up novel to The Descendents about a grieving Colorado mother whose son was killed in a skiing avalanche and then starts a friendship with a mysterious young girl. The project is set up at Fox Searchlight with Helen Estabrook and Jason Reitman producing and planning to direct. Robertson recently adapted the 1994 satire Swimming With Sharks for E! with Kevin Spacey executive producing and… Read


Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg To Tackle Robert Kirkman Comic Series ‘Invincible’

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been set to write, direct and produce a feature film adaptation of Invincible, the Image/Skybound Entertainment comic series from The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley & Cory Walker. The pic will come under Kirkman’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Invincible, Kirkman’s second-longest-running comic series after Walking Dead, follows a normal high school student whose father happens to be the most powerful superhero on… Read


WGA: Don’t Blame The Last Strike For Screenwriters’ Declining Fortunes

The WGA said screenwriters' earnings hit a record high of more than $526 million in 2007, the year the union last went on strike, and haven't come close to matching that in any year since. But while the strike years of 2007 and 2008 marked a turning point, the WGA insists that the 100-day walkout was not the cause of screenwriters' declining fortunes. Instead — in an analysis posted on the WGA website — it blames three other factors: the decline in DVD revenues, the rise… Read


Ridley Scott To Direct Battle Of Britain Project For Fox; Matthew Orton Writing Script

EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott may be currently gearing up for his Getty kidnapping drama, but he’s also got his eye on another historical pic that he’s keen to add to his list of credits. The Brit director is planning to helm a project for 20th Century Fox based on the epic Battle of Britain, one of the most decisive battles in World War II history that saw the courageous British underdogs overcome Nazi titans. Up-and-coming UK writer Matthew Orton, who recently wrote the WWII… Read


WGA Strike Talk: Insiders Lay Out What’s At Stake

Editors Note: As Hollywood braces for the possibility of its first work stoppage since the devastating 100-day WGA strike of 2007-2008, Deadline is opening the opportunity for insiders to dissect the thorny issues that created an impasse between the union and the studio reps over a new film/TV contract to replace the one that expires in May. We expect some of the dialogue here to be delivered anonymously at such a delicate time; the hope is to capture the challenges… Read


Amy Pascal Wins Auction For Laura Dave Novel ‘Hello, Sunshine’; Author Scripting With ‘Spotlight’s Josh Singer

EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal just took the hot book du jour off the market. She is finalizing a deal for Hello, Sunshine, a novel by Laura Dave. The author will adapt it with her husband, Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. Pascal will produce with Rachel O’Connor. The logline: Sunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life… Read