Monday, March 12, 2007

Screenwriting News

Not sure if I'm going to get into the screenwriting news business. I'm just testing the waters here, but ya know, I read so much, I'm tempted to share it with all of you. I may do this once a week.

Alice in Wonderland... with machine guns. Ya know, I was going to write something similar. I guess I can scratch THAT baby off my list.

Star Trek XI to be titled... Star Trek. How original. Not only THAT, but imagine (per this article) Matt Damon playing Captain Kirk, Gary Sinise as Dr. McCoy, and Adrien Brody as Spock. Shoot me now...

John August to write Shazam! Movie featuring Captain Marvel. Ugh.

Forest Gump 2 Back in Development? See also this article in which Forest Gump is supposed to apparently meet Tom Hanks!

The Incredibles 2?

Shoot Minnie Shoot to hit the big screen. Official site here. "Minnie Burton was a sensation at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair: the top shooter for a girl's basketball team from an Indian School in Fort Shaw, Montana. Beating all other high school girls and boys teams, they rounded up legions of adoring fans across the nation as they won the first world championship title for basketball. Shoot Minnie Shoot, a novel by Happy Jack Feder, has been optioned and is in development for feature film production by the Seattle office of creative and production company, Touch."

Top Writing Honor going to Michael Arndt. "Michael Arndt has been selected by the American Screenwriters Association (ASA) to receive ASA’s prestigious Discover Screenwriting Award. The award honors a writer who, perhaps for the first time, had his or her screenplay produced into a feature film or movie for television, which received wide distribution or broadcast, and, in the opinion of our Board of Directors, reflects the highest levels of artistic achievement in screenwriting..."


New scripts available:

Rocky Balboa
The Number 23
The Departed
Little Miss Sunshine
Blood Diamond


From MovieBytes:

Valley Fest Announces Official Screenplay Selections

Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe Offers Mentor Classes

FirstGlance Announces Contest Results

Call for Entries: British Short Screenplay Competition

HSI Announces Monthly Contest Winner

Carnegie Mellon Screenwriting Competition Announces Winner

Acclaim Film Announces Screenplay Contest Winners


From CS Daily:

It's All Happening
(Variety)M. Night Shyamalan will make his next film, The Happening (formerly The Green Effect), at Fox. The film will be his first R-rated picture and will reunite him with producer Barry Mendel, with whom he worked on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable…otherwise known as "the good ones."

ABC Gets Enthused About Charles (Variety)Borat director Larry Charles signs a 2.5-year deal with ABC, marking his return to television, where he's had success with various shows from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

On the Boardwalk The Departed duo of Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg will team up again to develop an HBO drama series about the development of Atlantic City.

Hanson's Confidential Dealings (Variety)L.A. Confidential writer/director Curtis Hanson joins the television ranks, as he signs a multi-year development deal with CBS.

Becker's No Runt of the Litter (Variety)Fresh off his film debuting at number one, Wild Hogs director Walt Becker sells Runt, a comedy pitch, to Dimension Films.

Robbins to Test Effects (Variety)Tim Robbins set to write, produce, and direct the pilot for Possible Side Effects, a Showtime family drama set in the pharmaceutical business.

Disney's New Princess (Variety)Disney announced their next animated film will be a hand-drawn adaptation of The Frog Princess, to be directed by The Little Mermaid and Aladdin helmers John Musker and Ron Clements.

Cookout (Variety)Columbia re-teams with The Pursuit of Happyness star and producer Will Smith on Cooked, Jeff Henderson's book about a drug-dealer-turned-chef.

Paramount Proves They're No Stiff (Variety)Paramount Vantage buys the rights to sex columnist Grant Stoddard's memoir Working Stiff, with Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg (Ratatouille) writing the script.

Universal Makes Their Selection (Variety)Universal buys the spec romantic comedy Unnatural Selection from new writer Cameron Fay.


Anonymous said...

Forest Gump 2... just say no, please.. it will water down the impact of the first one

Mystery Man said...

I know! Shoot me now...

I'm sick to death of sequels. The thing that really kills me is the idea of Matt Damon playing Captain Kirk, etc. Ugh. Why won't it just die?