Here’s a rundown of upcoming alien invasion movies where they actually mention the screenwriters as if they are in some way responsible for the movie. Weird.
Amid speculation that Casey Affleck’s new documentary about Joaquin Phoenix is a hoax, Affleck tells USA Today that the WGA insisted on giving him writing credit, intimating that he did not write it. Is the WGA really forcing credits on non-writers? Or is the picture a carefully crafted hoax for which the writers deserve credit?
This 16-year-old made her movie. Don’t you feel stupid for not making yours? Take heart; it wasn’t easy. As the 16-year-old noted, “Blood poured onto this film.”
Journalist Sasha Stone and her editor Ryan Adams have an interesting little blog that tracks the Oscars and other awards at www.awardsdaily.com. Today, Sasha has a worthwhile post on contenders for best screenplay.
Obviously, studio script readers are sworn to silence on drafts of potential studio blockbusters. Spielberg reportedly numbered all copies of the drafts of his scripts even during production to help keep the details under wraps. But, today, leaked scripts are common-place, leading to the inevitable so-called “script reviews”. For example, here is a review of a draft script for the close-to-production Judge Dredd and here is a review of an early draft of the not-even-near-production contemplated remake of Forbidden Planet. Both of these reviews are for scripts that may never be shot. Are these types of reviews fair game?
That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to write the whole damned script or to spill it in the outline/treatment/secretly already written stage and sell it on the pitch. The Hollywood Reporter thinks it has an answer.
Sheldon Turner plays hard at being a screenwriter, and it shows. He is credited with the recent “Up In The Air” (a terrific script) and, according to IMDB, has more than a dozen projects in development. Hear him talk about writing and the biz.