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1:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Tarantino drafting new Hateful Eight script

The drama over Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has been pretty crazy. After the script leaked online he swore he was going to put the film on the back burner, and then decide to hold a one-time only reading of the ...

Matthew Razak


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3:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Lauren Shuler Donner talks Deadpool script

So it turns out that our favorite merc with a mouth (who had his mouth surgically shut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has a script out there and Producer Lauren Shuler Donner says its "really good." Here is why you sh...

Michael Jordan

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

3:00 PM on 01.02.2014

You can download all these rad screenplays for no money!

Reading screenplays is always really cool. It's fascinating to see where the vision of the director and the intent of the screenwriter diverge. If you're interested in reading the screenplays for The Wolf of Wall Street, Froz...

Mike Cosimano

4:20 PM on 10.24.2013

There are two scripts for Independence Day 2

Will Smith has been all over the place in terms of Independence Day 2 (officially titled ID Forever Part 1). He wasn't returning and then he was in talks and then he wasn't again. It's all a bit confusing as it's unclear why ...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 01.23.2013

Illustrated Moonrise Kingdom script available to download

Focus Features has released online an illustrated version of Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's Academy Award nominated script for their 2012 film, Moonrise Kingdom. You can click through the script on their website and downloa...

Liz Rugg



Beasts of the Southern Wild to be re-released this week photo
Beasts of the Southern Wild to be re-released this week
by Liz Rugg

Beasts of the Southern Wild was this year's breakout independent movie, as favorite among the Flixist staff that have seen it, and also probably the longest review we have to date. In the light of the dark horse candidate's four Oscar nominations (Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay) Fox Searchlight has decided to re-release the move in theaters beginning this weekend.

Beasts will be re-released on Friday, January 18th in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Miami, Washington DC, New York City and Los Angeles. For showtimes check your local theaters or Fox Searchlight's website. If you haven't seen Beasts yet, it's totally worth catching, especially before the Oscars!

[via First Showing]

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6:00 PM on 01.15.2013

Warner Bros. wants to make a "Space Odyssey"

No it’s not a rip-off of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, but rather “The Odyssey” by Homer. Yes, the same epic poem that follows Odysseus and his very long journey home after the fall of Troy ...

Logan Otremba

10:00 AM on 12.06.2012

Disney's Tron 3 finds a another new writer

It looks like whatever work David DiGilio accomplished is now being handed off to a new scribe for another go around. Jesse Wigutow has been hired as the new writer for the sequel to Tron: Legacy and will conti...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 11.09.2012

Michael Arndt may be writing Star Wars VII

As far as all of the Star Wars news everyone has been reporting on, this little tidbit is a bit more substantial. According to Deadline, Michael Arndt was brought in sometime ago by Lucasfilm before all of this hubbub&nb...

Thor Latham

10:00 AM on 10.30.2012

Warner Bros. picks up Somacell, produced by David Goyer

In what can be described as just barely news, Warner Bros. has just picked up a spec script from first time screenwriter Ashleigh Powell titled Somacell. The story "chronicles a female prison guard in the near ...

Thor Latham





5:00 PM on 10.26.2012

John Logan taking on writing duties for Bond 24 and 25

Bet you didn't expect news about a Bond sequel so soon did ya? Hell, Skyfall hasn't even released in the states yet! Of course, that doesn't really mean anything when it comes to the Bond franchise, because it's not like we'r...

Thor Latham

10:00 AM on 10.25.2012

Wanted 2 still happening, getting new female lead

Did you watch the first Wanted and afterwards think, "Man, I could really go for some more of that"? I certainly have good news for you! The sequel is still chugging along with a screenplay going into second draft stages (and...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 10.09.2012

John Spaihts shares secrets from his Prometheus script

Ah, Prometheus, how I detest that you keep finding your way back into my life, especially with news like this. Jon Spaihts, the screenwriter who worked on several drafts of the script before it was handed off to Damen Lindelo...

Thor Latham

7:00 PM on 09.18.2012

Chan-wook Park to direct a crime drama from Bond scribes

There is no shortage of love around Flixist for the brilliant Chan-wook Park. A master of his craft, he has directed several amazing films, most notably Oldboy, and has established a pedigree of Korean film making that is rar...

Thor Latham

8:00 PM on 08.02.2012

World of Warcraft script getting rewrite by Leavitt

Videogames are serious business and serious business means that videogame movies need serious screenwriters. World of Warcraft is so serious that the original screenplay, written by Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rod...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 06.22.2012

Alan Moore to work in film of own volition

In the sad way that certain artists come to be known more for succulent ancillary gossip rather than their actual contributions, Alan Moore, like an actor who happens to enjoy rodent-based anal pleasantries, has seen the most...

Jason Savior

11:00 AM on 06.07.2012

Comic scribe Mark Millar says JLA is dark and mature

With word of a screenwriter being brought on to make a Justice League of America film we all assumed that things were just getting underway on the project, but in fact Will Beall has been writing the screenplay for nearly a y...

Matthew Razak



Cabin in the Woods: Joss & Drew's writing process photo
Cabin in the Woods: Joss & Drew's writing process
by Hubert Vigilla

[For the next few days, we'll be looking at The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion from Titan Books. It features an in-depth interview with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the film's complete screenplay, cast interviews, and hundreds of full-color photos and pieces of production art. The book comes out April 17th.]

On my desk as I type this are the official visual companion to The Cabin in the Woods as well as the novelization of the film by Tim Lebbon. Both books come out next Tuesday (tax day, for you procrastinators).

Let me warn you right now: do NOT thumb through the visual companion if you want to avoid spoilers. It gives practically everything away, and one of the pleasures of the film comes from knowing as little as possible about it. It's best to watch the The Cabin in the Woods for yourself before checking out the visual companion.

With that warning, let's turn to the book's extensive interview with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. During the interview, they describe their unique method of collaboration and how they wrote the first draft of the screenplay in one busy weekend. I've excerpted that spoiler-free section of the interview after the cut.

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8:00 AM on 03.13.2012

Super Troopers meow 2 script finalized meow

This one comes straight from out lovely community blogs, folks. Manasteel88 is down at SXSW and sat in on a talk that Super Trooper creators Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan gave after showcasing their new film The Babym...

Matthew Razak



Charlie Kaufman on truth, fiction, and meaningful art photo
Charlie Kaufman on truth, fiction, and meaningful art
by Hubert Vigilla

Charlie Kaufman was invited by BAFTA to deliver a speech as part of their "Screenwriters on Screenwriting" lecture series. It happened back in late September, though it only came to our attention through /Film yesterday. One of his opening remarks is this Thomas Mann line that's actually been obsessing me for years: "A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people." Essentially, it's hard if you care. Basically, it's true.

In a roundabout but always fascinating way, Kaufman talks about writing screenplays, but in many cases the screenplay is a stand-in for any work of art you want to make that you feel has value and says something honest about yourself.

At one point, Kaufman says: "I can't tell anyone how to write a screenplay because the truth is that anything of value you might do comes from you. The way I work is not the way that you work, and the whole point of any creative act is that. What I have to offer is me, what you have to offer is you, and if you offer yourself with authenticity and generosity I will be moved."

It's a beautiful lecture for anyone who admires Kaufman and wants to do something creative in life. It may be something you need to hear. A video of the lecture and full transcript is available, which I highly recommend checking out.

[Via /Film, BAFTA Guru]

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6:00 PM on 08.18.2011

Flixclusive: Bellflower follow-up similar to 'Malkovich'

I'll soon be posting an interview that I conducted with Evan Glodell, the writer/director/producer/star of Bellflower. Everyone on our staff who's seen the film has applauded it, despite the $17,000 budget and not as a handic...

Glenn Morris