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Talent Agents Fire Back At WGA’s “Attempt To Divide” With “Misinformation And Myths”; Guild Responds – Update


UPDATED with WGA statement: The Association of Talents Agents has fired back at the Writers Guild, claiming that the WGA's attempts to "divide" the agency business to kill off packaging deals and force them out of the production business is filled with "misinformation and myths." WGA West president David A. Goodman issued a statement to Deadline in response this evening. Read it below. In an email today to her members, ATA executive director Karen Stuart blasted the… Read


Sundance’s ‘Judy And Punch’ Writer-Director Mirrah Foulkes Inks With UTA

Mirrah Foulkes UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Mirrah Foulkes, the Australian writer, director and actor whose directorial debut feature film Judy & Punch starring Mia Wasikowska had its word premiere in the World Dramatic Competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival, has signed with UTA. Foulkes is the only female member of the filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films, which includes her husband David Michôd as well as Nash and Joel Edgerton. Nash Edgerton was a producer on Judy And Punch, a dark… Read


Writers Guild Awards 2019: ‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Take Top Prizes – Full Winners List

WGA Awards 2019

There were two big surprises on the film side of the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards, which were handed out tonight during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The respective winners of the marquee Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay prizes were movies that often have for the most part been overlooked this awards season: Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? As if the Oscar screenplay races weren… Read


Writers Guild Awards Live Blog: Follow The Trophy Show Here

WGA Awards 2019

The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are being handed out tonight in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Deadline will be liveblogging the action here and updating the winners here as they are announced. Click on the link below for the full list of nominees. Along with the hardware being handed out for best screenwriting of 2018, the big topic is the WGA’s ongoing tussle with the Association of Talents Agents. We’ll keep you posted on any mention of that… Read


Adam McKay: “I Stand In Solidarity With The WGA” In ATA Negotiations; Farrelly Brothers & Barry Jenkins Agree

Tricky negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents have many writers considering their options. And at the WGA Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, it emerged that many big-name writers are standing behind their union, and will even walk away from their agents if necessary. "I love the WGA," Adam McKay told Deadline at the awards show. "I voted for our leaders, I've supported the guild for years and years, so whatever they think… Read


Amazon Taps Antoinette Nwandu To Adapt ‘Wash Clean The Bones’ Based On Short Story By Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Antoinette Nwandu Amazon Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has hired playwright Antoinette Nwandu to pen the film adaptation of Wash Clean The Bones, a short story from the Heads of the Colored People story collection by Nafissa Thompson-Spires. The collection, which was published by 37 Ink (an imprint of Atria Books), explores the concept of black identity in what is viewed as a post-racial society. Marking Thompson-Spires’ debut, Heads of the Colored People was longlisted for the National Book Award… Read


‘Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb To Direct ‘Your Name’ Remake For Toho, Paramount, Bad Robot

Marc Webb

EXCLUSIVE: Toho, Paramount and Bad Robot have set Marc Webb to direct Your Name, a reimagined version of the 2016 animated romantic fantasy drama film that became a classic in Japan. Webb followed (500) Days of Summer with the blockbuster reboot The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. Eric Heisserer is set to write the retelling. Paramount and Bad Robot acquired remake rights from Toho, its partner on the new film. Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams will produce along with Genki… Read


Disney’s ‘Pirates’ Reboot Uncertain As ‘Deadpool’ Writers Jump Ship

Walt Disney Pirates Of The Caribbean

EXCLUSIVE: Disney film production chief Sean Bailey’s effort to retool and relaunch the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is back in uncertain waters after the defection of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, the hot-shot writing team behind Fox’s mighty Deadpool franchise. Disney insiders say Reese & Wernick are no longer working on a sixth installment in the swashbuckler series that has grossed $4.5 billion in worldwide box office and $2.5 billion more in global merchandise… Read


Screenwriter Eric Roth Discusses ‘Dune,’ ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon,’ Writing For Kurosawa & Bringing New Life To ‘A Star Is Born’

When Eric Roth was approached to work on A Star Is Born, his response wasn’t one of excitement, but of fear. “This had been done a lot of times, and I didn't know whether I could crack the code to make it special and modern,” the screenwriter says. “The fear was trying to do it again, [and] whether anybody was really interested anymore.” The fourth iteration of a classic screen story, pairing a starlet on the rise with a more established hand for a transcendent… Read


‘Leave No Trace’ And ‘A Very English Scandal’ Win USC Scripter Awards

Leave No Trace A Very English Scandal

Bleecker Street’s Leave No Trace took home the movie prize for best adapted screenplay and Russell T Davies and author John Preston won the TV award for BBC/Amazon’s A Very English Scandal tonight at the 31st annual USC Scripter Awards. The awards honor the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. This year’s film honor, which presented to screenwriters Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, and Peter Rock, whose novel My Abandonment the… 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


Jenny Slate & Zach Galifianakis Find Poetry In The ‘The Sunlit Night’ — Sundance Studio

When Rebecca Dinerstein set out on a solo journey to the Arctic, she intended only to write a book of poems. Living “completely alone, on an island in the Norwegian Sea,” she soon found that she needed to fill her time, so she turned to prose, writing the book that became The Sunlit Night. A Sundance drama from director David Wnendt, the film follows Frances (Jenny Slate), an American painter who heads to Norway, to escape various troubles in her life. During an art… Read