I’m going to use this post to vent a little—but also to make a point specifically for the benefit of all the producers around the world who want to make animated features.
Disney has inked a high-six against seven figure dealt adapt Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias' book THE FINEST HOURS into a feature film, reports Deadline.com.
HitFix has broken the news that HARRY POTTER director David Yates and writer Steve Kloves are working with Warner Bros. to adapt a multi-film adaptation of Stephen King’s THE STAND.
Disney has tapped Robert Ben Garant (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM) to pen an adaptation of the manga TUXEDO GIN, reports Deadline.com.
Add CLUE to the pile of Hasbro board game-inspired film projects that Universal has dropped, reports Deadline.com. After signing a six-year deal with the game maker in 2008, Universal has also dropped MONOPOLY and MAGIC: THE GATHERING. Universal is still making films from the Hasbro-owner properties BATTLESHIP, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, CANDY LAND and OUIJA.
Melisa Wallack, who wrote Relativity's untitled Snow White project, has been hired by Universal to write its adaptation of EMILY STRANGE, reports Heat Vision.
TAXI DRIVER writer Paul Schrader and AMERICAN PSYCHO author Bret Easton Ellis are teaming up on a shark-themed horror flick called BAIT, reports Heat Vision.
Dark Castle has purchased John Richardson and Chris Roach's spec script NON-STOP for Jeff Wadlow (NEVER BACK DOWN) to direct, reports Heat Vision.
Michael Ross (videogame adaptation JUST CAUSE) has been tapped to rework Warner Bros.' untitled futuristic Robin Hood film, reports Deadline.com.
Drew Pearce, the creator of the British superhero spoof NO HEROICS, has been hired to adapt the DC comic THE MIGHTY for Paramount, writes Heat Vision.
Ever get a big fish on the line only to have it get away before you could pull it into the boat? You probably didn’t set the hook. Rule #1 in fishing: set the hook. The same is true in screenwriting, only you’re not trying to hook a fish, you’re trying to hook the audience. You don’t need a fishing rod, you need ten great pages.
EAMprofessional – The European Training Programme for Animation Professionals – will be continued after the successful premiere last year.
Few FFAF episodes have challenged the potent potential of what a jam-packed powder-keg of animation multilarities can elicit in the burgeoning minds of those seeking more lore and eternal wisdom of this frame-by-frame La Bamba than number 24. This show is huge. Ron Diamond + Dan Sarto = how to invent and maintain an international animation archive and animation short distribution empire while enjoying the best of Scotch and olive canning. The Animation Room + The Animation Room = how to create an animation studio boyband right out of college. And finally, Billy + Bill + William Frenzer = how to develop treasured American comedy songs into animated music videos that change the course of human history. Perfection, sometimes, does not take time.
Director Robert Zemeckis and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL writer Brian Helgeland are sailing to the history/fantasy mash-up HERE THERE BE MONSTERS, reports The Wrap.
DreamWorks Animation was the victor in a Los Angeles jury case where the studio was accused of stealing the idea for KUNG FU PANDA, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Universal Pictures has picked up revamped version of THE NUTCRACKER from Jon Gunn and John Mann, reports Variety.
Universal Pictures has tapped Rawson Thurber (DODGEBALL) to pen a new draft of its adaptation of the award-winning Dark Horse comic THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, reports Deadline.com.
20th Century Fox is developing an animated feature version of the comic strip MUTTS, reports Heat Vision.
Simon Hunter (MUTANT CHRONICLES) will direct an adaptation of the online graphic novel LAST BLOOD, reports Deadline.com.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has signed on to star and produce an adaptation of Radical Publishing's SHRAPNEL, reports Variety.
Disney has hired David Elliot and Paul Lovett (G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA) to pen the script for a fantasy film centering on gargoyles, reports Variety.