Kelly Macdonald (TV's BOARDWALK EMPIRE) has taken over the role of Princess Merida in Pixar's BRAVE, reports Variety.
In the Los Angeles Times, Jeff Robinov, president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group, talked about the future of DC Comics properties.
Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers of the KUNG FU PANDA films, are set to write Universal's CANDY LAND adaptation, reports Heat Vision. Kevin Lima (ENCHANTED) will direct with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir producing. Christopher Chase is the exec producer.
The story follows the search for the missing king of Candy Land. The board game includes such characters as Princess Frostine, Gramma Nutt and bad guy Lord Licorice.
James Vanderbilt will return to write the sequel for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN for Columbia, reports Heat Vision.
John Shiban (BREAKING BAD) has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television to pen a script for a potential sci-fi series titled THE VOYAGE, reports Variety.
In my previous post, How to Turn Microsoft Word into a Terrific Screenwriting Program, I explained how to use Word’s “styles” to automatically create script formatting. I received a blog comment from Ben Cahan, the creator and co-founder of Final Draft, who pointed out that a true screenwriting program was more than just “margins and capitalized slug lines and character names”. Ben makes a good point. Whereas Word allows you to easily and automatically format basic script elements such as slug line, action, character name, parenthetical, dialog and transitions, that’s about all it can do. Final Draft, in contrast, does those things and much more.
Jake Mandeville-Anthony, a U.K. screenwriter, has filed suit against Disney and Pixar claiming that the studios' CARS was taken from work he submitted to the studio in the early 1990s, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Writer Michael Chabon has met with director Jon Favreau about coming on as the new writer of MAGIC KINGDOM, reports Heat Vision.
Stephen King has entered negotiations to pen an episode of AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The book publishing industry, like the newspaper biz, is on a glide path to oblivion. It's just too easy and cheap to download a book to your computer, iPad, Kindle or smartphone.
And that was last year!
Now it takes less time to publish your own book than it does to write a publisher query letter, let alone send it out and wait for the rejection letters.
Disney has tapped Karl Gajdusek (UNKNOWN) to rewrite Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi flick OBLIVION, which has been renamed HORIZONS, reports Heat Vision.
VFX firm Prime Focus is branching out into production with a TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book GOOD OMENS, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
John Moore (MAX PAYNE) is set to direct a sci-fi flick from JURASSIC PARK 3 writer Peter Buchman, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Wigram Productions has picked up the rights to BONE creator Jeff Smith's sci-fi noir comic RASL, reports Deadline.com.
The Dino De Laurentiis Co. has tapped Shane Abbess (GABRIEL) to helm the sci-fi thriller 7TH DAY, reports Variety.
Before you run off half-cocked with that shiny new animated six-shooter of yours, here are a few pieces of advice that will help you live long and prosper in this business. It would be foolish to think you could become a good animation writer without first understanding a little bit about creativity, especially considering cartoon writing is one of the most creative forms of writing there is. Fortunately, creativity is not as ethereal as some might lead you to believe.
Neil Gaiman (CORALINE) will write English scripts for a Chinese-produced 3-D trilogy based on the legend of the Monkey King, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
20th Century Fox has bought Chris Baldi's script SCAVENGERS and attached DIARY OF A WIMPY KID director Thor Freudenthal to helm, reports Deadline.com.
Walt Disney Pictures has picked up the rights to Dave Andron’s sci-fi pitch THE RUNNER, reports Deadline.com.
One of the most useful maxims in life is known by the acronym K.I.S.S. I'm sure you've heard of it. It stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid”. But simplicity is not just the key to a happy life; it's also the key to great storytelling—which only makes sense because stories are about life. Well-written animated features, no matter how complex they may seem upon first viewing, have basic character and plot elements that are very simple. To create a simple, well-constructed story you need only answer the following questions...