I got a huge response to my last post, Why Do Many Artists & Writers Hate Self-Promotion?, including several active discussions on various LinkedIn groups. Self-promotion is a very hot topic! Many of the people who commented on the post talked about their shyness, self-doubts, the unworthiness of their creativity, and other barriers to promoting themselves and their work. One of the biggest concerns was whether or not self-promotion was really effective. Well, let's find out...
Bradley Cooper revealed on CHARLIE ROSE that he is in talks to write an adaptation of Dan Simmons' sci-fi series HYPERION.
David O. Russell has dropped out of Sony's adaptation of the PS3 game UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE, reports Variety. The reason is being reported as creative differences. Russell was also set to rewrite the script from Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. The studio is still looking for a scribe to rework the script.
Warner Bros. has tapped RIO's Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia to write YOGI BEAR 2, reports Variety.
Summit Entertainment has tapped director Matt Reeves (LET ME IN) and writer Jacob Estes (MEAN CREEK) to adapt Kenneth Oppel's THIS DARK ENDEAVOR: THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, reports ComingSoon.net.
Cary Fukunaga will direct the Civil War heist thriller NO BLOOD, NO GUTS, NO GLORY, reports Variety.
Scott Frank (MINORITY REPORT) has been tapped by Columbia to write HOUDINI, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Deadline.com reports that MGM and Michael Hirst, the creator of THE TUDORS and CAMELOT, are working on the new TV series, VIKINGS.
Ghost House Pictures and RT Features have picked up the rights to Peter Ackroyd's THE CASEBOOK OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, reports Deadline.com.
Sony Pictures has hired Shana Feste (COUNTRY STRONG) to direct and adapt Carolyn Turgeon's novel MERMAID: A TWIST ON THE CLASSIC TALE, reports Variety.
Playwright/comic writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who recently was called into to help rework Broadway musical SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, has been hired to pen a new adaptation of CARRIE, reports Deadline.com.
David Fury (TV's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) has joined the writing staff of FRINGE, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
A funny thing happened on the way to my Facebook page. A handful of professional contacts refused to be my friend, not because they didn’t like me, but because they weren’t on Facebook. The interesting thing was that they seemed to take pride in not being on Facebook. This reminded me of something I’ve noticed over my career, an odd anomaly about many writers and artists: They don’t like to promote themselves. Not a good idea!
Lynda La Plante, the creator of PRIME SUSPECT, is set to develop Marcus Rediker’s historical pirate book VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS into a TV series, reports Deadline.com.
Hannibal Classics is developing a spinoff of THE AMITYVILLE HORROR titled THE AMITYVILLE LEGACY 3D, reports ComingSoon.net.
Marcus Nispel (CONAN THE BARBARIAN) is set to direct the paranormal thriller BACKMASK, reports Deadline.com.
GK Films has hired IRON MAN writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby to re-imagine TOMB RAIDER for the screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jay Baruchel, known to the animation world as the voice of Hiccup in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, has landed two writing gigs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Call it serendipity. The team of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal were already prepping a fictional thriller about a special ops team hunting Osama bin Laden before Sunday's announcement from President Barack Obama that the U.S. had assassinated the Al Qaeda leader.
The Writer’s Guild of America has upheld a previous ruling regarding the credits on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, reports Deadline.com. Jamie Moss, who adapted the original draft with Bryan Singer
Shane and Carey Van Dyke, the grandsons of Dick Van Dyke, have sold their horror/sci-fi spec THE WATCHING HOUR to New Line, reports Variety.
Do you write part time? Do you write for just a few hours a day? Are you writing a spec screenplay a few days a week or month? If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative you may be losing more time (and creativity) than you think. Let me give you a few suggestions that will help you get a lot more writing done...