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11:51 AM on 04.01.2014

New screenwriters of Splinter Cell movie

Things seem to be rolling along for Tom Hardy's Splinter Cell film, which has a director, but evidently not a strong enough screenplay. Up in the Air writer Sheldon Turner has come on board to rewrite the screenplay...

Matthew Razak


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2:00 PM on 03.05.2014

John Logan talks Bond 24 and the return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Sometimes do you just sit around and wonder why there isn't more news about the next James Bond film, momentarily titled Bond 24? No? Well, I do and so it's with great pleasure I bring myself (and you by proxy) news from scre...

Matthew Razak

Book Review: SCREENWRITING 101 By Film Crit Hulk! photo
Book Review: SCREENWRITING 101 By Film Crit Hulk!
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I first heard about Film Crit Hulk about a year ago. I had written an article about why Tom Hooper should have been drawn and quartered for his butchering of Les Miserables, and one of the commenters, rather than say anything insightful, pointed me to a similar-ish article by Film Crit Hulk. Normally I hate that kind of thing, but I figured I would give it a shot, because I was angry at Tom Hooper and I wanted someone else to back me up.

So I read the article, and it was a whole lot smarter than what I said. Then again, his was focused on its technical failings whereas mine was more focused on its catastrophically poor attempts at adaptation.

But I digress.

When I heard that this Hulk fellow had written a book on screenwriting (appropriately titled SCREENWRITING 101), I was intrigued. I usually hate books like that, but it seemed like such an odd thing for a critic to do. So I gave it a shot. 

And guess what?

It's fucking amazing.

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10:00 AM on 12.12.2013

Safe House writer in talks to write Bad Boys 3

Now that Jerry Bruckheimer is freed from Disney and is producing things like Top Gun 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 4, one of the sequels in the pipeline is also Bad Boys 3. It's still extremely early on in production (and mind you ...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 11.21.2013

Watchman writer to take on Gran Turismo

What do you do with an insanely popular game that has almost no plot and sells itself on its ability to look like the best car porn in the world? You make a movie out of it! We've been hearing murmurs about the Gran Turismo&n...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 11.07.2013

The Purge writer/director returning for the sequel

After a sequel to The Purge was announced shortly after it made its original run in theaters (and I apologized for it), we haven't heard much news since that announcement. That just means someone jumped the gun, right? Couldn...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 10.28.2013

Clive Barker working on a Hellraiser remake

Hellraiser is quite an interesting franchise. I don't want to necessarily label it as the most "niche" of the horror monster genre, but its overt S&M themes make it one of the few franchises that both stands out, yet stic...

Nick Valdez

11:27 AM on 10.10.2013

Saw screenwriters writing a Disney movie

I can tell you one thing: when I think of the the Saw franchise I think of Disney. No wait. That's the opposite of what happens. But a screenwriter doesn't have to be pigeonholed into one genre as writers Patrick Me...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 10.08.2013

Chu drops Masters of the Universe, rewrites ensuing

The only news we ever really had about Columbia Pictures reboot of The Masters of the Universe was that Jon M. Chu, of G.I. Joe fame, was directing. Now that news is gone as he's left the project. Not too surprising...

Flixist Staff

9:00 AM on 10.03.2013

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 gets its writers

In case you forgot: Sony Pictures recently set dates for both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and the Amazing Spider-Man 4 in order to retain the rights to Spider-Man and further keeping him away from joining The Avengers and making...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 10.02.2013

Legend of Conan pushes forward with screenwriter

There's been little movement on The Legend of Conan since we all heard, and we're slightly bemused by the fact, that Arnold Schwarzenegger was returning to the role that made him famous.  Now the movie finally has a...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 09.17.2013

Insidious: Chapter Three is now a thing because money

Since Insidious: Chapter Two (Insidiou2) made big bucks during its opening weekend, Sony Pictures Worldwide has announced that Leigh Whannel (the screenwriter of the previous Insidious films) has now begun working on Insidiou...

Nick Valdez

J.K. Rowling writing screenplay for Harry Potter spin-off photo
J.K. Rowling writing screenplay for Harry Potter spin-off
by Matthew Razak

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have just announced, via Rowling's Facebook page, that Rowling has signed on to return the world of Harry Potter to the big screen. Rowling is writing the screenplay for a film based off the Potter world book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film will follow the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

In the FB post Rowling explains that WB had originally approached her about making a movie based on the book and as she thought about it she decided that she didn't want anyone else writing a screenplay but herself so she pitched her own idea. We're sure Warner Bros. was more than happy to have her come aboard as it gives the film some serious Potter street cred and makes it look less (just a little) like a cash grab. Rowling also emphasizes that this is not a sequel or a sequel, but a film simply set in the world of Harry Potter. Even more exciting is that this is just the first film in a new film series, so we'll probably be getting a lot more adventures of Newt Scamander since there's about a 1 in bajillion chance that this won't be a hit.

So, what about it, Potter fans? Glad the woman is returning? 

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3:00 PM on 08.20.2013

Trailer: The Counselor starring Fassbender, Pitt, Bardem

In The Counselor, Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who finds himself in way over his head when he gets involved with the dangerous world of drug trafficking. Judging from this trailer, things go awry pretty badly, and Fa...

Liz Rugg

9:00 PM on 08.08.2013

Bret McKenzie writing a fairy tale comedy musical script

In an interview with the dudes over at Collider, Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets fame, revealed that he is in the process of writing a script for a "fairy tale comedy musical" with "singing dragons a...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 07.23.2013

Star Trek 3 grabbing new writers

Rumors are popping up that two new writers have been brought on for the next Star Trek film as Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof leave to go mess around with some other beloved franchise. Bad Robot, JJ Abrams production compan...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 06.13.2013

M. Night Shyamalan apparently ghost wrote She's All That

In an interview with Movies.com about his recent After Earf premiere, M. Night Shawarma was asked what he thought about audiences expecting a twist at the end of each of his films, and his answer may very well be his gre...

Nick Valdez

9:00 PM on 04.22.2013

Dodgeball 2 sequel in development

Screenwriter Clay Tarver (Joy Ride) has been tapped by 20th Century Fox and Ben Stiller’s production company Red Hour to pen the sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. According to THR, Tarver is working on Quantum...

Logan Otremba

7:00 PM on 02.21.2013

The approach to the Deus Ex: Human Revolution movie

For those who do not know, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk video game that was released in 2011 by Square Enix. In November of last year, CBS Films announced that director and writer Scott Derrickson (Sinister) was h...

Logan Otremba

8:30 AM on 02.11.2013

Lawrence Kasdan & Simon Kinberg talk new Star Wars films

Jim Vejvoda of IGN had a chance to speak briefly with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg at the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards. Both writers were brought on to consult/script some of the new Star Wars material on t...

Hubert Vigilla

Writers who should script the Justice League movie photo
Writers who should script the Justice League movie
by Hubert Vigilla

Warner Bros. has hit a big stumbling block with the Justice League movie. Yet again. (Just ask George Miller.) The latest problem for WB: the script by Will Beall is rumored to have been terrible, so they junked it. It seems like WB set themselves up for a fall with this. Beall is a young and generally untested writer whose only feature-length screenplay is Gangster Squad. Putting him on a big-budget, franchise-starting superhero movie that features major characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern was a recipe for disaster.

This leaves WB scriptless, directorless, and aimless. The studio is now waiting to see how Zack Snyder's Man of Steel does before doing anything related to the Justice League.

We at Flixist are here to help. The editors here have compiled a short list of screenwriters and writing teams that should get a crack at the Justice League movie. We've even proposed directors who can bring these screenplays to life. Head after the cut to check out our picks, and leave some suggestions of your own in the comments.

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7:00 PM on 01.18.2013

Terminator 5 may eventually get a script

So the writer of the films Shutter Island and Alexander, Laeta Kalogridis, and writer of Drive Angry, Patrick Lussier, have been hired to collaborate and write the script of Terminator 5. Now, these two have collaborated befo...

Logan Otremba