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The major movie story of the summer of 2015 is “Look at all the money Jurassic World made!” It zoomed past almost all the box office records in the book and has only Titanic and Avatar to take down for the all-time box office crown. Although that seems exceeding unlikely, the billion and a half made by the dinosaur movie has had the side effect of making the major players involved all hot commodities. So if you’re working on a movie about a mysterious tropical island filled with monsters and you need a writer… Well, you know the drill. So in the case of the trouble production of the King Kong spin-off Kong: Skull Island, they’ve decided to bring in a ringer. (more…)

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The story goes like this: The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s latest script, found its way to the open air, leaking out after the director had shared it with a few members of his inner circle. This infuriated the Pulp Fiction helmer, causing him to take his ball (script) and go home. Maybe the western would become a novel, maybe it would someday become a movie again, but for the time being, Tarantino was moving on.

Enter… all of the internet, who reported on the leak and Tarantino’s decision to push the project to the back burner. No harm, no foul. That’s kind of the internet’s jam, but Gawker not only reported on the leak, they reportedly linked to another site that had posted the leaked script and then they closed their article with, “For better or worse, the document is 146 pages of pure Tarantino. Enjoy!”, prompting Tarantino to sue them for “contributory copyright infringement”, a suit that was dismissed yesterday, though it is entirely possible that this is merely a speed bump and not a brick wall in Tarantino’s quest. (more…)

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It must be tough to develop a major movie like the proposed sequel to Independence Day (which is commonly known by the unconfirmed title ID Forever), especially if you aren’t 100 per cent sure that your original film’s star (and biggest name) is going to get off the fence and sign up to appear, or not. In Roland Emmerich‘s case the solution is clear, you write two scripts: one featuring Will Smith‘s character, and one that doesn’t. (more…)

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So I guess it’s really happening.

Posted to the image sharing site Imgur this morning was the title page for the first draft of the script for Clerks III. Writer/director Kevin Smith posted the screencap this morning, saying that he “jumped out of bed at 4:20 this morning and started writing Clerks III.”

Well if that’s not enough nerd news to feed on this Friday, consider Smith’s next statement. “[A]fter 2 hours of tapping the keys and giggling, I have come to a conclusion… Clerks III will be the best film I’ll ever make.”

I think I speak for us all when I say we the fandom will reserve judgment on that. Come to think of it, I seem to remember Smith once saying the same thing about Hit Somebody, and we all know what happened there.

What I will say is that at least there’s progress on Clerks III and I guess we’ll find out soon if Smith was able to get past a couple of pages. And interestingly, does this solve the Jeff Anderson riddle? If Smith is now punching out the script, is Anderson officially on board now?

More news as it develops.

Original ‘Prometheus’ Script Offers More ‘Alien’

Interested in seeing what Jon Spaihts had in mind for the Alien prequel before Ridley Scott and Damon Linelof came aboard and made Prometheus? Well, now you can satiate your curiosity by reading Spaihts’ original script for yourself by clicking here.

The entire thing was leaked online by the website Prometheus Movie, and Spaihts himself confirmed that it is legit via his Twitter page.

So any big differences? I read the first 30 pages of the draft called Alien: Engineers and it kind of follows the same beats as Prometheus with the introduction of a pair of scientists seeking the origins of life on Earth, the attachment of elderly Weyland to the mission, and the introduction of company woman Vickers and the android David. Others who have hear the script, say that’s a perfectly serviceable monster movie, complete with more throwbacks to Alien including facehuggers and chestbursters.

Give ‘er a read and let us know what you think. Is this the version of Prometheus you rather would have seen? Sound off below.

Source: Blastr

Yesterday we shared some new details about Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Doctor Who episode for Series 7 Part 2, most importantly the return of the Cybermen. Well guess what? Had we just waited a day we would have learned lots more as someone, hopefully not Mr. Gaiman himself, left a copy of the script in the backseat of a Cardiff cab! The finder and, surprisingly, not keeper made a post to Facebook which then ended up on Reddit trying to get the BBC’s attention in order to return the script. That’s a standup citizen. Most would have easily succumbed to temptation, scanned and shared it by now.

But, at least we learned some things, like the official title being, “The Last Cyberman,” which many had already guessed based on the clues given on Gaiman’s blog. We can also confirm Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s companion is named Clara, as we’ve long suspected. And guest star Warwick Davis‘ name is Porridge. Really? Poor guy can’t catch a break with character names, can he?

Now, if you’re looking for a few more details about, “The Last Cyberman,” and specifically what the Cyberman will look like, turn to ever reliable Doctor Who on set reporter, Timeboy. Those visiting the set are being asked not to take photos or video so all we have are these reports,

Very similar to the Cybus ones, but they have tighter armour and Tomb of the Cybermen-like faces!!! Really shiny. The armour is like slim-fitted rubber, similar to the new Sontarans, but silver. Guns fixed on arms, and the leader has an extra gun.

They’re walking softly, slowly, and quietly, like the Hartnell/Troughton era Cybermen

The Cybermen have a cool chest plate, with a camera iris thing in the middle, like this, but closed… Cool slot-like mouth and a more blank, fitted headpiece. And dare I say it, as close to cloth faces as would work in 2012.

Click for a rough sketch of what they look like (by Gabundy).

Hmm, so they’re called the last Cyberman but it sounds like they look more like the first Cyberman. What do you think it means? Coming from Gaiman I’m sure it’s not as simple as The Doctor meeting with the last of the cybernetic race, so what’s the twist?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who TV

Love him or hate him, you have to admire the way that Michael Bay passes the buck.

In the last couple of days, an alleged copy of the script for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot he’s producing has been refuted by everyone from TMNT co-creator Peter Laird to everyone else on the internet. Paramount Pictures, the studio producing the film, tried to put a lid on the outrage pretty quick by filing a cease and desist, but you can’t take back stuff on the internet, so, if anything, the outrage has grown.

Now Bay himself has entered the fray posting the following communique on his official forum:

“The leaked script for Ninja Turtlesthat different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes [Bay’s production company], was involved with the project.

“That script saw the shredder a long time ago.

“This is tired, old news — Wait for the movie!

“Michael”

Well, I guess that’s the end of that. Unless….

Yup, Latino Review says that the leaked script they had was dated January 30, 2012, which is about two years after Bay first came onto the project in 2010. It’s also worth pointing out that the whole notion about the Turtles being aliens was first leaked earlier this year, when Bay was already on the project for two years.

So tell us another one Michael Bay. [Don’t worry I’m sure he will.]

Source: Blastr

The Plot Thickens For ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

With less than two years to go before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, I hope that the gang at Marvel is making some progress on the scripting front. But every great script starts with a logline, a simple statement that summarizes the plot, and gives you a hint of what to expect from the film.

So without further ado, here’s the logline for Guardians of the Galaxy:

“About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”

And no, that’s not the logline from Farscape I just posted by mistake. I’m guessing Star-Lord’s comic origin is being rejiggered slightly to fit the new storyline, which is okay. The Blade from the movie is very different from the Blade that first appeared in the Tomb of Dracula series in the 70s, after all. And what is this mysterious “something” that the Guardians have that “everyone” wants? My first guess would be “The Infinity Games” and “Thanos” but they were last sceen in Odin’s treasure room in Thor. Maybe it’s the Ultimate Nulifier, or is that still owned by Fox under their Fantastic Four deal?

Anyway, more news as it develops.

Source: Blastr

New ‘Robocop’ Deets Will Probably Make You Weep

Prepare to have any hope you have for the upcoming Robocop remake dashed. Hit Fix’s Drew McWeeny got his hand on the script and shared his thoughts over Twitter while reading it. Screen Rant put together a transcript of McWeeny’s thoughts on the script, and the picture it paints isn’t pretty. Here we go…

I’ll share this one detail. In the film, when Murphy is turned into Robocop 1.0, it’s described “a high-tech version of the ’80s suit.”

Then they show a focus group scene where criminals laugh at the design. “He looks like a toy from the ’80s!”

So they redesign him to look “meaner” as Robocop 2.0, who passes focus group approval.

So they not only make sure to include the original design, they also point out it’s dated and stupid. *facepalm*

Hold onto your sides for more hilarious “Robocop” details. They outsource his construction to China. #seriously

And we meet the ED-209s in the field in Iran, where they’re used to subdue suicide bombers. #ineedallthedrinksnow

Ahhh… now they just dropped Robocop 3.0 onto an Al Queda training camp to see what he does.

“He should be programmed to incapacitate in all scenarios.” “Agreed. Let’s keep him PG-13, Dr. Norton.” No. No. No. No.

By page 54, they are already onto Robocop 4.0, who looks like a “cop on steroids painted metallic blue.”

Oh, god… oh dear god… Robocop is a Transformer. He goes from “social mode” to “combat mode” and back. Full transformation..

Okay… the two “best” lines in the script. First up is at the unveiling ceremony for Robocop in Detroit, from a TV reporter covering it.

“I think it’s safe to say that Alex Murphy is now part man, part machine, ALL COP!” Yes, I too remember the original poster, asshat.

If you can get past Robocop The Transformer, there are some interesting action beats. And I’m sure Padilla will direct the hell out of it.

But overall? Ouch. Ouch. Ohpleasedon’t. Ouch. And a big side order of ouch.

Yeah, whenever the words “oh dear god,” and “Ohpleasedon’t” enter into a review, there’s slightly more than genuine cause to be concerned. It seems that screenwriters Joshua Zetumer and Nick Schenk have discovered that it is possible to stray too far from the source material. Robocop by way of Iron Man and Transformers? Color me unimpressed.

Robocop (2.0), directed by Jose Padilha and  starring Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Haley, is scheduled for release on on August 9, 2013.

Source: Screen Rant

What do you know, a rumor hits the internet and we all lose our collective shits. Yesterday Variety – yes, the reputable news source not some silly blog or gossip rag – was reporting Warner Bros. was in talks with Ben Affleck to direct their Justice League movie. Yes, Ben Affleck. Let’s just say this news didn’t sit well fanboys and girls internet wide, especially after the news Disney and Marvel were keeping Joss Whedon around for three more years.

But now Deadline is calling bullshit on Variety’s story. They’re reporting they checked with their sources on this story last week and we’re told by Affleck’s reps he would not be seeking the project. So, did he have a meeting with Warner Bros. or not? Has he indeed read Will Beall’s script? Who knows! I’m sure the truth of this will be forever lost in back alley Hollywood negotiations. Unless one of the involved parties comes out and clarifies, which I also find unlikely.

The news WB would go to Ben Affleck for directing their Justice League didn’t sit well with me no matter how many people pointed our his directorial success in recent years, and now it appears I had good reason to doubt it. What do you think about these conflicting reports from such solid news sources? Who’s got the right story?