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‘Mulan’ Writing Duo Lauren Hynek And Elizabeth Martin Ink With APA

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EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, the screenwriting team who originated Disney’s live-action redo of Mulan, have signed with APA. The new iteration of Mulan being directed by Niki Caro reimagines the iconic 1998 animated film based on Chinese folktale about a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver also have writing credits on the pic, which is now in production ahead of a March 27… Read

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Stephen Belber Tapped To Adapt ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’

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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Belber has been hired to script The Needle and The Damage Done for Mike Tollin and Peter Guber which is based on journalist Paul Solotaroff's article on the opioid epidemic. The project is now being done at USA Networks through UCP. The rights for the project were picked up last fall. The story goes in-depth about the fentanyl epidemic which is currently devastating the suburban communities of New England. The 8,000-word article appeared last October… Read

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Holly Brix Tapped To Rewrite ‘Gasp’ Script For Paramount

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has brought on Holly Brix to rewrite the screenplay for investigative thriller Gasp, which is inspired by tragic true stories of women who were killed by men they met on dating apps. Barbara Curry was originally attached to pen the pic, which is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya. The story follows a female detective who goes undercover to catch a serial killer who is targeting women via a popular dating app. However, when she starts to fall for a… Read

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The Black List Unveils Its 2018 Feature Writers Lab & Mentors

After whittling down a list from more than 1,200 applicants, The Black List has the seven screenwriters to participate in its fifth annual Feature Writers Lab. The writers, none of whom has made more than $100K in their writing careers, and their scripts are: Amber Alexander, Juniper’s Point Chris Basler, The Enclosed Ryan Jow, Windfall Halia Meguid, Monsters of Philsdelphia Cody Newton, American Patriot Kim & Mai Spurlock, The Breakline All seven writers will participate… Read

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Scribes Wachtel & Rabinowitz Set ‘Thacher Island’ Pitch At Fox 2000

EXCLUSIVE: BlacKkKlansman scribes Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz have set their next film. Fox 2000 has acquired the true-crime pitch Thacher Island. The duo are set to write, and Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are producing. The story is based on Casey Sherman's 2013 bestseller Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob’s Most Feared Assassin, about the exploits of the notorious Boston mob enforcer Joe “The Animal” Barboza. Sherman previously authored The Finest… Read

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Association Of Talent Agents Reaches Out To WGA To Discuss New Franchise Agreement

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The Association of Talent Agents has reached out to the WGA with an offer to sit down for informal talks in advance of negotiations for a new franchise agreement that governs how agencies represent writers. It's the first conciliatory move by either side since April, when the WGA East and West gave the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate their existing agreement, known as the Artists' Manager Basic Agreement. In a letter to the heads of both unions, ATA executive director K… Read

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‘Rogue Warfare Trilogy’ With Will Yun Lee Headlining To Be Released In 2019

Another feature trilogy, The Rogue Warfare Trilogy, financed by Ingenious and sold worldwide by Highland Film Group and 5150 Action Productions is in the midst of production, with stunt coordinator turned director Mike Gunther filming all three movies at the same time. Will Yun Lee is headlining what is a multi-national, special forces action/drama. We now know that the first of these three films will be released in March 2019 and conversations have begun with a major… Read

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John Moore To Direct Suspense Thriller ‘Plane’ For Mandalay Pictures

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EXCLUSIVE: John Moore has been signed to direct the suspense thriller Plane at Mandalay Pictures. Scripted by David M. Crabtree, the story follows a traveling salesman, who finds himself airborne in a small plane when the pilot dies and must come to terms with his life while trying not to crash. Producing the project for Mandalay is Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation, The Last Days of American Crime). “This will be a real survival movie, a roller coaster,” said… Read

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WGA West Survey Finds 64% Of Female Writers Have Been Sexually Harassed On The Job

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EXCLUSIVE: A survey of more than 2,000 WGA West members has found that 64% of female writers say they’ve experienced sexual harassment sometime in their careers, and that "a significant amount of the harassment writers experience occurs in the writers' room." In a recent communique to members, the guild said survey also found that 11% of male writers said that they too had experienced sexual harassment on the job, and that "many more writers have witnessed harassment."… Read

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Isabel May To Star In Indie Real-Time Thriller ‘Let’s Scare Julie To Death’

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EXCLUSIVE: Isabel May, who stars on the Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy series Alexa & Katie, has been set for a lead role in Let’s Scare Julie to Death, an indie thriller written and to be directed by Jud Cremata. The plan is to shoot the film in one continuous, uncut 90-minute shot, telling the story in real time of a group of teen girls at a Halloween party who set out to scare the reclusive new neighbor girl next door. The prank turns to terror when they begin to… Read

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Spy Memoir ‘Breaking Cover’ Acquired By Middleton Media For Movie Treatment

EXCLUSIVE: Middleton Media Group has optioned rights to Breaking Cover, a biography by former CIA officer Michele Rigby Assad, with an eye on making a feature film about her and her husband Joseph. Michael Russell Gunn (The NewsroomThe Virginian), currently a supervising producer on Showtime’s Billions, is adapting the screenplay. Rigby Assad’s book, titled Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For, was published in… Read

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Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego Movie Sets ‘Game Night’ Scribe Mark Perez As Writer

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has tapped Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez to pen its Carmen Sandiego feature film that has set Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez to topline. No director is attached yet. The streaming service acquired live-action film rights to the iconic 1990s property back in March with Rodriguez attached to the title role. It’s part of a full-court press for Netflix and the brand: Rodriguez also will voice the character in an animated series eyeing a release in… Read