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The original "Game of Thrones" pilot has become the stuff of television legend, since it featured significantly different plots, and several different main actors, from the final product that audiences saw on HBO back in 2011, and was widely considered pretty terrible. Now, the showrunners have recently discussed just how bad their first crack at adapting George R.R. Martin's books really was, and it turns out that that first pilot was "a complete piece of s--t."
That assessment came courtesy of screenwriter Craig Mazin (the "Hangover" sequels, "Identity Thief"), who together with fellow writer John August ("Big Fish") runs the podcast Scriptnotes. The pair hosted "Thrones" showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff on a recent episode for a frank discussion about the fantasy drama's pilot, which Mazin saw at a screening for friends organized by Weiss and Benioff back in 2010.
It didn't go well.
"Watching them watch that original pilot »
- Katie Roberts
The agonies of screenwriting were on full view Thursday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where 11 scribes nominated for WGA Awards took part in the guild’s Beyond Words program.
One of the biggest laughs from the full house came when “Spotlight” writer Josh Singer admitted that he and writer-director Tom McCarthy spent several years going through the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests.
“We did research for a long time,” Singer said. “Anything to put off writing.”
McCarthy admitted that interviews with the victims of the scandal was a turning point. “The story really came together once we talked with survivors,” he added.
Both “Spotlight” writers were effusive in their praise of the Boston Globe journalists portrayed in the film, noting that editor Martin “Marty” Baron (portrayed by Liev Schreiber) even supplied them with extensive emails to keep the timeline straight. They also credited the initial producers, »
- Dave McNary
Before Game of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon, it was just another genre show struggling to get made. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spent almost four years getting the pilot episode off the ground, including seven months spent filming overseas. So when the final product came back, it should have been meticulous. Instead, it nearly sunk the show before it even began. Over 90% of the pilot episode had to be reshot, with several characters recast — as was the case with Michelle Fairley taking over from Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark — or cut entirely. The unaired original pilot has become almost mythical, with fans wishing it’d be released just to see if it lives up to the infamy. Benioff and Weiss haven’t been shy when it comes sharing how wrong it all went, even admitting their friends didn’t pick up on the fact Cersei and Jaime were brother and sister, »
- Donna Dickens
Film School Rejects it's all about talking animals who sound just like celebrities this year
Towleroad ABC rejects a TV ad for Carol because (Gasp) naked lesbian shoulders
John August shares depressing box office stats on why we get so many sequels
Guardian picks 5 best moment of Jane Fonda in the movies - bizarre choices beyond her Oscar winning roles
Guardian investigation of why movie posters are so terrible in comparison to their aged counterparts
Mnpp ...goes all out with an endless gratuitous post celebrating Whittle
Tracking Board Chan-wook Park to direct the adapation of sci-fi novel Genocidal Organ about homemade nuclear devices
- NATHANIEL R
Hot on the heels of the surprising success of the Goosebumps movie comes the announcement of another movie based on another 1980s/90s children’s horror anthology book series: the genuinely too disturbing for most kids Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. With regular Tim Burton scripter John August tasked with penning a script a couple of years ago, the project has suddenly received a boost from the attachment of director Guillermo Del Toro.
Is Del Toro’s involvement really likely to enhance a movie’s chances of getting made, though? The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth helmer is undoubtedly popular with film fans, but his lack of ever making a big earning blockbuster makes it harder and harder for his cherished projects to come to the screen. Indeed, while compatriots and sometime collaborators Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu have been lining up for their Oscars, »
- Jack Gann
La Times the Academy has clarified some of its new rulings on membership due to confusion from within its own ranks - very useful info
In Contention Kris Tapley has some thoughts on that as well and depressingly mentions there is still talk of "expanding" the acting categories. This will be very hard for yours truly to stomach if it happens. Traditions are important (and no I dont mean traditions of discrimination - don't confuse the issue!). Changing an 80 year tradition of a set of five slots in no way helps diversity and may actually serve to make the Academy look much much worse sending an accidental message (you weren't good enough for five but maybe with seven -- oops you weren't good enough for seven either!) so I pray to all the cinematic gods that wiser heads prevail and they reject it.
Fistful of Films... speaking of working through something by talking about it. »
- NATHANIEL R
Some links as we hole watching movies and writing future articles during the blizzard...
• John August on torrenting the Oscars
• Mnpp remembers 5 great experiences at New York City's historic Ziegfeld Theater (about to close). Oh the memories
• Pajiba Charlie Cox has not yet been invited to Marvel's Infinity Wars. He is waiting impatiently
• Fandor breaks down the Best Actor race
• Salon talks up Tori Amos's "Boys for Pele" (my favorite of her records) on its 20th anniversary
• Interview Magazine talks to the »
- NATHANIEL R
A new Indiegogo campaign has been launched for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary. Also in this round-up: a Judas Ghost DVD giveaway, Like Me production details, the trailer for Everlasting, the short film Hidden, and a look at The Final Project.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Press Release: "Chicago, Il - January 20, 2016 - Hot off the heels of news that Guillermo Del Toro is producing a film based on the nostalgic children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a documentary about the books is in the works. It has been in production for two years, is armed with an official trailer, and is now trying to finish in 2016.
The upcoming documentary is backed by the family of the late author, the trailer featuring both his wife and grandson. The doc will explore subjects such as the banning of children’s books in America, »
- Tamika Jones
Despite being attached to a remake of Fantastic Voyage and still having hopes of resurrecting Pacific Rim 2, Guillermo del Toro has added another project to his slate, with Deadline revealing that he’s set to develop and potentially direct an adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! pic.twitter.com/yu31FkCz4K
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 14, 2016
Del Toro is said to be a huge fan of the book trilogy, which is witten by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The first volume was published in 1981, and was followed by two sequels in 1984 and 1991.
- Gary Collinson
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Guillermo del Toro will develop Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with an eye toward directing the movie. As we noted in November 2014, John August has written the screen adaptation, based on a popular trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz that featured illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The filmmaker was recently attached to direct a remake of Fantastic Voyage, so it's not clear when this one might be made. [Deadline] Alien: Covenant: Director Ridley Scott is preparing to shoot Alien: Convenant, the next installment in the sci-fi series, and made his intentions clear about the adult tone of the movie he'll be making. "I’m going to do pretty hard R, pretty tough," he said. Referring to the infamous kitchen scene...
- Peter Martin
CBS Films has scored the rights to develop a feature film based on Alvin Schwartz's beloved children's book trilogy "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro attached to produce and potentially direct.
del Toro himself broke the news on his Twitter feed along with a photo of himself standing by some original pieces of Stephen Gammell's horrific art which helped make the books so popular.
I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! pic.twitter.com/yu »
- Garth Franklin
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Guillermo del Toro will develop Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with an eye toward directing the movie. John August has written the screen adaptation, based on a popular trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz that features illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The filmmaker is already attached to direct a remake of Fantastic Voyage, among other projects, so it's not clear when this one might be made. [Deadline] Alien: Covenant: Director...
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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro took to his Twitter feed today to announce his next project in development, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. While the director didn't confirm if he is taking the helm on this project, a report from Heat Vision Blog claims that he may potentially direct. Guillermo del Toro is also producing alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was first acquired by CBS Films back in 2013, with Saw screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton set to adapt the scary story collection. John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) most recently came aboard to rewrite the script, but it isn't known if Guillermo del Toro is working from earlier drafts, or starting over from scratch.
The project is based on the short story collection from Alvin Schwartz, who compiled the stories from folklore and urban legend. The three-book »
The man sure does like his horror. According to THR, Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro has signed on to develop and possibly direct a movie based on the classic series of children’s book from Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.
Del Toro is a huge fan of the trio of short story collections, apparently, and posted the above image to Twitter when the news broke, in which he displays some of his collection of original illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
Schwartz published three Scary Stories books between 1981 and 1991, and all garnered a certain amount of controversy for their horrific content and very creepy artwork. Still, that obviously didn’t do much to dissuade their fans and they remain very popular to this day.
Del Toro has a habit of attaching himself to various projects that either never see the light if day, or linger in development »
- Mark Cassidy
The project is based on the trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz, which includes illustrations by Stephen Gammell and sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. John August has written the screenplay but plot details are being kept under wraps.
The trilogy includes “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (1981), “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (1984) and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” (1991). Schwartz drew from folklore and and urban legends for content.
The collection was often banned by the American Library Association due to being considered too scary for children — particularly the nightmarish illustrations. Del Toro is repped by Wme and Exile Entertainment.
Del Toro has been in talks »
- Dave McNary
It looks like Guillermo del Toro has chosen his next project, and it might not be the Fantastic Voyage (or maybe it will be both). The filmmaker has announced via Twitter and press release that he is adapting the book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The screenplay for the feature film was written by John August. The press release states that "in addition to potentially directing, del Toro will also produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave." No other plot details have been revealed yet, but they do drop this freaky tease about a triptych: "so as to not remind people how badly 'The Red Spot', 'Harold' and 'The Wendigo' traumatized them as children." Ohhh goodness, yep, those freaky ass stories. Here's the tweet from Guillermo del Toro showing some of his art for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: I start »
- Alex Billington
Guillermo Del Toro and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a marriage that should result in the birth of glorious nightmares for an entire generation of kids. The original Alvin Schwartz books were smart, savvy collections of stories that had been told and retold, like a Grimm Bros. collection for campfire tales, and Stephen Gammell's illustrations in the original editions of the books are a big part of the reason they were as memorable as they were. In late 2013, Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan set the project up at CBS Films. They were originally set to write the film. In late 2014, the property changed hands, and John August was brought in on the rewrite. Now it appears that Scary Stories has picked up a terrific filmmaker to bring it to life, and in this Tweet that shows off his original pages from Scary Stories, framed and hanging on the walls of Bleak House, »
- Drew McWeeny
Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book trilogy, and now Guillermo del Toro is looking to bring these timeless tales to life on the big screen.
Del Toro shared word of the adaptation on Twitter, writing, "I start development on a film based on a favorite book of youth: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!" Proving his love of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, the tweet is accompanied by a photo of del Toro with framed drawings by Gammell (see below).
While the full extent of del Toro's involvement with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation has not been revealed, The Hollywood Reporter mentions that he could end up in the director's chair for the project.
What is known right now is »
- Derek Anderson
As he keeps hope alive for "Pacific Rim 2," Guillermo del Toro has nonetheless recognized that the monsters vs. machines movie is not in his immediate future. He recently signed up to direct a remake of "Fantastic Voyage" to be produced by James Cameron, and now he's got another project in the works. Read More: Review: Guillermo de Toro's 'Crimson Peak' Starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston And Jessica Chastain The Wrap reports the del Toro will produce and potentially direct "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark." The project is based on Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling short story collections, and John August ("Big Fish," "Dark Shadows," "Corpse Bride") is penning the script, but there are no details yet on what the story might be. If you never got the book through your Scholastic catalog, here's the synopsis for the first collection: This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
An adaption of the scariest reading experience of your childhood is getting closer to the big screen. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been in development for a couple of years now. Recently, screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie) was brought on board to write a version of the script and that script has now caught the attention of Hellboy/Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro who has boarded the project as producer and director.
The book of scary short stories is most notable for the illustrations by Stephen Gammell which got the book banned from many libraries across the Us. Luckily, here in Canada, we didn't have that trouble and the book quickly became a fascination of mine.
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