Amblin Grabs Feature Spec ‘Distant’ In Pre-Emptive Strike
EXCLUSIVE: In a pre-emptive strike, Amblin Partners took the Spenser Cohen spec Distant off the table which has been described as When Harry Met Sally meets The Martian. Amblin is expected to produce with Automatik (Brian Kavanaugh-Jones) and Cohen’s producing partner Anna Halberg. The deal is said to be worth mid-six figures.
Distant follows an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must make his way across the harsh terrain, running out of oxygen… Read
44th Humanitas Prize Honors Films ‘On The Basis Of Sex’ And ‘Love Simon’, TV’s ‘God Friended Me’
Feature films On the Basis of Sex and Love Simon, along with TV series God Friended Me were among the big winners at the 44th annual Humanitas Prize ceremony tonight at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
A surprise double award, for 30-Minute Television Comedy, went to Dear White People and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The Humanitas prize was created to honor film and TV writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding in the human family. For the second year, all… Read
F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios Options ‘Echo’ Video Game For Movie, To Be Penned By ‘John Wick’s Derek Kolstad
EXCLUSIVE: F. Gary Gray's Fenix Studios has optioned rights to Echo, the third-person sci-fi video game, with the Straight Outta Compton and Men In Black: International helmer planning to turn it into a feature film. John Wick creator-writer Derek Kolstad is aboard to adapt the screenplay.
Gray will produce (not direct) the movie as part of Fenix Studios’ production and development deal with Starlight Culture Entertainment Group. Fenix will produce alongside… Read
Screenwriters Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara Break Down Their Long, Gratifying Journeys With ‘The Favourite’
A visionary director who had written or co-written each of his films since starting out in 1995, Yorgos Lanthimos changed tack with his latest effort, The Favourite, collaborating with screenwriters Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, for his first period piece. While the auteur is famously uncompromising in his work, both writers spoke to Deadline recently, revealing just how inclusive and collaborative Lanthimos is. Working at the director’s side over the course of many… Read
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Scribes On The Challenge Of The Writer’s Life & Their Firsthand Encounters With Lee Israel
While Jeff Whitty would write the first four drafts of Can You Ever Forgive Me?, summoning a screenplay from a memoir, he wasn’t anticipating the assignment. A Tony Award winner known at that point for Avenue Q—a raunchy and witty puppet musical, which has had a long run, on and off Broadway—the aptly named Whitty was initially approached by producer Bob Balaban, to write up the hilarious and poignant true story of American author (and accomplished literary forger) Lee… Read
Amblin Lands Bryce McGuire Thriller Script ‘The White Room’; Rod Blackhurst Helms
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners has preemptively acquired and put on a fast track The White Room. The pic has a script by hot genre scribe Bryce McGuire, and Rod Blackhurst will direct it. It was developed by The Picture Company and ACE Content and will be a co-production between those companies.
Evan Hayes will produce the film along with The Picture Co. partners Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona. Noah Lang will also serve as a producer. ACE's founding partner Justin Barocas will… Read
Beau Willimon Rewrites The Narrative Of ‘Mary Queen Of Scots,’ As Well As His Own
While writing the script for Mary Queen of Scots, Beau Willimon spent a lot of time with two fascinating historical figures—Queen Elizabeth I, and her cousin, Mary Stuart—coming to identify personally with these women, for they ways in which they were devalued and misunderstood. For Willimon, as with these rulers, one problem is the narratives of others, which can give a false impression, diminishing attention paid to that which is true. As a writer, there are always two… Read
‘First Man’ Scribe Josh Singer On The Value Of Truth-Telling Art In Troubled Times
The Oscar-winning scribe behind such historical projects as Spotlight, The Post and First Man, Josh Singer can't overemphasize the importance of getting his stories right. On the latter film from Damien Chazelle, based on a biography by James R. Hansen, the writer dove head first into a project of incredible complexity. Depicting the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, and every challenge and sacrifice he endured to get there, the project was… Read
‘Destroyer’ Scribes Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi Take Big Swings With Their Portrait Of “Female Rage”
A singular detective story and genre-defying showcase for star Nicole Kidman, Destroyer weaves its tangled web with confidence. With its immaculate structure and an array of finely drawn characters, the film pursues a fresh, uniquely shadowed corner of a familiar screen world, reflecting with great clarity the values and interests of its inventors.
Along with his wife, director Karyn Kusama, and longtime writing partner Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay has always pursued stories… Read
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Writer David Magee Discusses “Incredible Luxury” In Movie Musical Collaboration
As the writer of Mary Poppins Returns, David Magee embraced the major opportunity he saw before him, putting his stamp on an iconic character that meant so much to him. A sequel to Disney's 1964 musical classic—based on a series of children's books by P.L. Travers—Mary Poppins Returns circles back to the titular, magical nanny, and the Banks children whose lives she forever changed. Now fully grown, with children of his own, Michael Banks has lost his wife, and stands to… Read
Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Script: Closely Guarded Until Now – Read It In Full
EXCLUSIVE: Famously, when writer-director Alfonso Cuarón set out to shoot Roma—his singular black-and-white period piece, examining memories from his childhood in Mexico City—he kept his script close to the vest. During production, his actors, many of them non-professional, were asked to focus only on the moment at hand, rendering the truth in that. Behind the scenes, it was only the rare collaborator, like production designer Eugenio Caballero, who was allowed to read… Read
The Black List 2018 Ranked: Disgruntled Snapchat Employee Story ‘Frat Boy Genius’ Leads; Scripts About Matt Drudge & Young Samuel L. Jackson Round Out Survey
FINAL ranked with storylines and reps info after noon post: The Black List, Hollywood’s annual rundown of unproduced screenplays, unveiled its titles today in Easter Egg fashion, hiding all 73 screenplay selections in a six minute-42 second second short The Last Days of TJ Staggs which starred Paul Scheer as an agent who pulls a Rip Van Winkle in 1998, wakes up 20 years later, and realizes how the town has changed.
The short was directed and co-written by Noga Pnueli (who… Read