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Almost a year ago we caught wind that writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) would be scripting a feature film adaptation of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." Mum's been the word ever since, and it seems whatever those two concocted will never see the light of day. Now, frequent Tim Burton collaborator John August (Frankenweenie, Big Fish) is reportedly going back to the source material to write up his version of »
- Sean Wist
Last year we leaned that the classic terrifying kids horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be getting a big screen adaptation. CBS Films is developing the project, and they picked up a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. They were originally attached to adapt the Alvin Schwartz books, but now they’ve hired John August to take on that challenge. August is the writer who brought us films such as Big Fish, Frankenweenie, and Go.
These were three of my favorite books when I was growing up. I even had the audio tapes that were scary as hell to listen to. You can listen to those here if you want. The books consist of 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). I especially enjoyed »
- Joey Paur
CBS Films has been trying to crack the popular children’s book series, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, for a while. Originally, they brought on Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to pen a script. Evidently their take wasn’t what the company wanted. CBS has now gone back to square one and hired a writer […]
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- Germain Lussier
You grew up with them. They were the center of slumber parties and the grade school equivalent of water cooler conversations. Now Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is being adapted by one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters. Deadline reports CBS Films has hired John August to spin Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series into a horror movie fit for kids who revel in frightening films. The BAFTA-nominated screenwriter is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, which include Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. CBS Films has bought the rights to all three of Schwartz's books, including Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones. Considering these were short story collections, we might well assume the Scary »
We're only just now teetering on a wave of '90s nostalgia at the movies, and things like Dumb and Dumber To are just a sign of what's to come. And as someone who grew up in the late '80s/'90s sweet spot, I'm happy to ride this wave of nostalgia for a little while, especially since it means we're now getting a movie version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. An adaptation of the iconic kids horror series has actually been in the works for a while now, but it would seem the previously hired screenwriting duo of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the Saw sequels) are now being replaced/supplemented by Big Fish and Frankenweenie screenwriter John August. Considering the movies he's known for, it's not risky to assume this'll be a...
- Peter Hall
Originally, it was attached to Saw’s Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton before landing on August’s desk and we think August is probably the right man for the job. His writing credentials include Tim Burton collaborations on Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Alvin Schwartz’s three book series terrified kids of the 80s and early 90s with its spooky and macabre retelling of urban legends and folklore, alongside Stephen Gammell freaky illustrations. Schwartz has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, so it looks like CBS will already have a ready-made audience.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The last we heard of an effort to adapt Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, CBS Films had tapped Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to pen the screenplay. Today, however, Deadline is saying that John August has now been brought in to write. Apparently, the producers are looking to take the film in a direction that's more in line with the source material.
First published in 1981, the first book of what became a three-book series (it was followed by More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones) is officially described as follows...
The post Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Gets a New Writer appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Exclusive: CBS Films has tapped a new scribe to spin its Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. BAFTA-nominated John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Go) will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night, penning a new script based on the best-selling spooky story collection.
The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.
- Jen Yamato
Rocket Raccoon.s stunning cinematic debut in Guardians Of The Galaxy this summer saw him instantly become one of the superhero genre.s most beloved characters. But, as it turns out, it almost never happened. According to Nicole Perlman, the co-writer of the huge summer smash-hit, Rocket wasn.t included in the film.s first draft, and it took some convincing to actually add him to the final version. Perlman made the revelation during her appearance on John August and Craig Mazin.s Scriptnotes, an integral podcast that all bona-fide film aficionados should listen to. When discussing why the angriest raccoon to ever grace the galaxy wasn.t always such an integral member of Marvel.s script, Perlman declared, "There were versions that didn.t have Rocket, early on. There was a fear that Rocket . would come across as too cartoony. But it all worked out." It.s now basically »
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
Stream of consciousness is my most abused term, my tool for any defence. I have turned and twisted the words Organic and Stream of Consciousness together with great effect to camouflage my lazy writing for far too long. I have always maintained that I fear being institutionalised and branded by any school of thought because I feared any sort of competition. I feared being exposed and not knowing enough. I feared being intimidated and humiliated even if I was wholeheartedly ready to just sit on the bench and simply applaud for everyone.
Side Hero is a very personal, semi-autobiographical story inspired by various exaggerated events of my childhood. The events that happen are not all true but honest, unabashed and mostly unrealized fantasies that were the truth of my childhood. Using the personal card gives me much more of an edge to fight with the world and accuse »
- Vasan Bala
Coming up with song titles for a score or soundtrack can be a tricky business. The music for a film is usually released before the film itself to get audiences excited, but if the track listing reads like a spoiler list for what happens in the film, the music can end up being more upsetting than enticing. Other times the titles that make up a film score can be boring and forgettable (even if the music is not). However composer Michael Giacchino has taken a different approach by making his track titles stand out by giving them funny (even pun-y) titles. For Giacchino’s most recent project, the score for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, he created one of his most comedic listings yet which Big Fish and Frankenweenie writer John August pointed out on Twitter: With track titles like these plus “Level Plaguing Field,” “Look Who’s Stalking,” “Past »
- Allison Loring
Tom Huller look at this amazing commissioned poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Black Maria the nuance of silence in Ida
Stage Buddy reviews the cast album of the Tony Winning "Lady Day"... won't someone please make it into a movie so Audra McDonald can have an Oscar?
Cinema Blend Stan Lee getting greedy in his old age - wants to cameo in DC movies, too
- NATHANIEL R
Today’s film is the 1998 short God. The film is written and directed by John August, and stars Sam Pancake, Martin Yu, and Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy rose to prominence with her role as Sookie St. James on the tv show Gilmore Girls, going on to roles in tv shows such as Samantha Who? and Mike and Molly, as well as movies such as The Nines (where she reprises the character from this short film), Bridesmaids, and The Heat. Her newest feature, titled Tammy, which she also co-wrote, is now playing in wide release in American theatres.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
The Oscar-nominated actor will portray Chief Mbonga, although no specific character details were given at this time. The story centers on John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgård), who was raised in the jungle by apes before returning to London as an adult. Margot Robbie is playing the love of John's life, Jane Foster. Although their characters have not been confirmed by the studio, Christoph Waltz is reportedly playing a military man who encounters Tarzan in the jungle, with Samuel L. Jackson playing Civil War veteran George Washington Williams, who teams up with Tarzan to overthrow an evil warlord.
Mark looks back at the much-reviled Matrix sequels and asks: what went wrong?
This article contains spoilers for the Matrix trilogy.
It seem like a long time ago to some of our younger readers, but those who were there will remember that 2003 was branded “the year of the Matrix” by Warner Bros. Four years after the first film knocked everybody's socks off, Andy and Lana Wachowski made two sequels, an animated anthology, a video game and numerous other tie-ins to expand upon a world that was only hinted at in the original.
The Matrix Reloaded became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time when it was released in May and held that record until the following Easter's The Passion Of The Christ. A vitriolic critical reception and bad word of mouth undercut any chance that the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, had in terms of topping its predecessor when »
Is Marvel's She-Hulk "a giant, green porn star"? Dark Knight and Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer seems to think so. He recently was a guest on John August's Scriptnotes podcast. While on the show he shared his theory about the character She-Hulk saying,
“So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids who were getting the shit kicked out of them every day…. And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart, so it was like, I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could f--- if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying?… She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk, »
- Joey Paur
Towleroad Harvey Milk stamp unveiling live at 3Pm today!
John August's screenwriting podcast talks to the professionals about writing superheroes, masculinity and rebooting past franchises. Featuring: Conan the Barbarian, Captain America and Batman among others
The Av Club suggests that the only appropriate director for the Elvis biopic is... David Lynch?
It’s an almost biblical rags-to-riches tale infused with elements of horror, farce, and even science fiction, and while many have tried to bring it to the screen, there’s yet to be a definitive biopic.
Gawker more 'celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves' feat. Julia, McConaughey, and Emma Stone
In Contention I forgot to mention The Search in my Cannes collection last night, so here's Guy Lodge on »
- NATHANIEL R
The rivalry between Marvel and DC runs deep, and has for decades. So when a creative voice associated with one party comments on record about a character in the other company.s stable, you know that their words are going to be picked over and analyzed by both fervent fan bases. particularly when the comments can be interpreted with sexist and borderline misogynistic undertones. David S. Goyer has a long history with DC Comics, having penned screenplays for motion pictures based on iconic DC characters like Superman (Man of Steel) and Batman (Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight films). That doesn.t mean Goyer doesn.t pay attention to the Marvel stable of heroes, and he commented on one . She-Hulk . during an appearance on screenwriter John August.s ScriptNotes podcast. Goyer was one of several panel members recording in front of a live audience, including co-host Craig Mazin, as well as »
Just because David S. Goyer is currently hard at work on DC Entertainment properties in both film (Batman V. Superman) and television (Constantine) doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any opinions about Marvel characters -- even though many fans of Marvel may wish differently. During an appearance on screenwriter John August’s Scriptnotes podcast alongside Andrea Berloff, Craig Mazin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Goyer talked about his theory about the character She-Hulk. Story: David Goyer Joins James Cameron for ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (Exclusive) “So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy,” he said.
- Graeme McMillan
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