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‘Gears of War’ Screenwriter Worked On The ‘Avatar’ Sequels

‘Gears of War’ Screenwriter Worked On The ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Over a decade ago, talk of a Gears of War movie started. Ever since its announcement, some notable writers have come and gone from the project. Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious franchise), Stuart Beattie (Collateral), and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) all took cracks at the video game adaptation. With the project alive again, and this time at Universal, a new writer […]

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Gears of War Movie Brings in Avatar Sequel Writer

Now that the long-awaited Gears of War movie found a studio home at Universal last October, the project is finally starting to come together. Universal has brought on screenwriter Shane Salerno, who co-wrote all four upcoming Avatar sequels with James Cameron, to work on on the screenplay. Dylan Clark will produce through his Universal-based production company, although no director is set in stone quite yet.

When Universal announced their partnership with The Coalition, the Microsoft-based company that develops the video game franchise, it was revealed that the movie wouldn't be based on a specific game in the Gears of War franchise, but an original story set in this established universe. Deadline broke the news of Shane Salerno coming aboard to write the script, but no story details have been given as of yet. This popular video game franchise has had a long road to the big screen, but now
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An Aggregated Oral History of 2009 Films Ruined By the Last WGA Strike

The last time Hollywood writers walked out seeking a better deal, there were consequences for several tentpoles and would-be franchises.

Hollywood is facing the threat of another Writers’ Guild Strike, one which would immediately stop all writing and rewriting on guild signatory productions — essentially everything from the major studios. So far, negotiations have been contentious, with the WGA arguing that though the business has seen record profits, the average writer’s income has declined in this boom period. And yet, at the bargaining table, the AMPTP — who represent the producers — came offering not gains, but rollbacks. They basically asked the writers to accept less than their current contracts.

The total cost of what the writers are asking for is not particularly excessive. For instance, the cost to Disney would be $21.2 million a year — barely more than half of Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s $43.9 million salary last year. I don’t want to get too far
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Gears of War movie back in development

With Gears of War 4 on the horizon, it’s been announced that the long-gestating Gears of War movie is back in development at a new studio.

The Hollywood Reporter noted today that Universal Studios have purchased the movie adaptation rights from Microsoft, who have owned the video game rights since 2014. The movie will be produced by Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). No writer has been attached to the project yet.

New Line Cinemas originally purchased the film rights for Gears of War in 2007 with a script by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl). Len Wiseman (A Good Day to Die Hard) signed on to direct with Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) attached to star, but both jumped off the project in 2010.

This is the second time Universal have worked with Microsoft on a video game movie following
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Recipients of MentorLA program announced

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Mentor La Program 2016 from Australians in Film on Vimeo.

Up and coming talent Sarah Shaw, Josh Tanner, Felicity Abbott and Breanna Roe have been announced as the recipients of Australians in Film and Screen Australia.s one year MentorLA program.

The MentorLA program matches recipients with dedicated mentors who work in the Us, giving them the opportunity to gain international industry knowledge.

The program aims to acknowledge Australian talent and the potential it has to build a strong, commercially sustainable and internationally focused Australian screen industry. Producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Wild) is set to mentor Shaw; while writer/director Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Collateral) will mentor Tanner.

Emmy award-winning production designer Deborah Riley.s (Game of Thrones) mentee is Abbott, and president, unscripted television at Endemol Shine USA Eden Gaha (Master Chef, The Biggest Loser) will work with Roe.

President of AiF
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Fall Of Gods Movie Gets A Pretty Interesting Writer

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The illustrated novel written by Rasmus Berggreen and Michael Vogt, "Fall of Gods," is getting the big screen treatment. The film is set to be directed by The Maze Runner's Wes Ball, and it's just been announced who is going to pen the screenplay. It's a guy with a very varied and very extensive resumé.

Stuart Beattie is the man tapped to write the Fall Of Gods film, and a look at his oeuvre turns up very interesting and extremely varying results.

For starters, the Tracking-Board report that reveals his hiring refers to him as the writer of I, Frankenstein. That movie was a bomb and a mess, so it'd be easy to write Beattie off. But then you dig a little deeper and you see that Beattie also wrote the extremely tense and gripping Michael Mann film Collateral, had a hand in writing the movie that launched the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise,
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Australians in Film unveil trans-pacific mentorship program Mentor La

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Australians in Film have launched Mentor La, a new mentorship program initiated with Screen Australia support.

Mentor La will match four early-to-mid-level practitioners who currently work in the Australian industry with dedicated mentors who work in the Us, giving them the opportunity to gain international industry knowledge.

The inaugural mentors are producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Wild); writer/director Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Collateral); Emmy award-winning production designer Deborah Riley (Game of Thrones) and the president of unscripted television at Endemol Shine USA, Eden Gaha.

The pairs will be matched for a twelve-month structured program specific to their area of work, allowing the participants to continue to develop their careers in Australia and build on their existing knowledge with their mentor..

Over the year, the mentors and mentees will meet on four occasions: three times online and once in person during
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Australian Orgs Launch Mentor La Program; Bruna Papandrea & Stuart Beattie Among Advisors

Exclusive: In a new initiative to nurture Australian talent and give something back to the local industry, Australians in Film and Screen Australia have recruited key members of the Oz community working in Hollywood to launch the inaugural Mentor La program. The plan will match the established talent with four up-and-comers in an effort to help build their careers. The first mentors are producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Wild); writer-director Stuart Beattie (Pirates of…
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Australian Orgs Launch Mentor La Program; Bruna Papandrea & Stuart Beattie Among Advisors

Exclusive: In a new initiative to nurture Australian talent and give something back to the local industry, Australians in Film and Screen Australia have recruited key members of the Oz community working in Hollywood to launch the inaugural Mentor La program. The plan will match the established talent with four up-and-comers in an effort to help build their careers. The first mentors are producer Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Wild); writer-director Stuart Beattie (Pirates of…
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Us briefs: 'Visaaranai' and 'Parched' prevail at 14th Iffla

Us briefs: 'Visaaranai' and 'Parched' prevail at 14th Iffla
Plus: FilmRise to release White Girl; Jesse Eisenberg in CinemaCon honour; and more…

Visaaranai and Parched were awarded top feature film honours as the 14th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles came to a close at the weekend.

Visaaranai (Interrogation) was awarded the grand jury prize for best feature and the corresponding short film award went to Playgrounds.

Sanjay Mishra was presented with the best actor award for his performance in Masaan, and the best actress award honoured the cast of Parched, namely Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan.

Iffla Audience awards went to Parched, and Daaravtha (The Threshold). For more information click here.

FilmRise has acquired Us rights from CAA to Elizabeth Wood’s Sundance selection White Girl starring Morgan Saylor and Brian Marc. Killer FilmsChristine Vachon is executive producer and the film will open theatrically in late summer / early autumn.Italian opera promoter All’Opera has struck a Us distribution deal with
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Joe Dante’s Chiller ‘Labirintus’ to Star Mark Webber, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lorant Deutsch (Exclusive)

Joe Dante’s Chiller ‘Labirintus’ to Star Mark Webber, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lorant Deutsch (Exclusive)
London — Mark Webber (“Green Room”), Rachel Hurd-Wood (“An American Haunting”) and Lorant Deutsch (“The Visitors: Bastille Day”) have signed on to star in chiller “Labirintus,” which is directed by “The Howling” and “Gremlins” helmer Joe Dante. Goldcrest Films is handling international sales.

“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator (Webber), psychiatric researcher (Hurd-Wood) and engineer (Deutsch) who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.

Written by Alan Campbell, “Labirintus” is produced by Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Prods., Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Prods., Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Nick Quested and Pascal Degove,
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The 5th Wave review – sci-fi war games with few surprises

Chloë Grace Moretz battles teen-hating space invaders in this clunky adaptation of a Ya fantasy

This sci-fi fantasy, from the first book in Rick Yancey’s ongoing Ya series, mimics the riffs (feisty heroine, hunky boys, dystopian setting, devious adult corporations, potential love triangles etc) but lacks the cinematic legs of The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. Chloë Grace Moretz is the likable teenager who finds herself fighting a guerrilla war when space invaders (“we call them ‘others’”) terrorise the planet and the army starts rounding up kids to fight in an ugly war. The British director J Blakeson, who worked low-budget wonders on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, handles the shifts and twists of the plot efficiently enough, but the result remains lumpen and crucially lacking in surprise.

At best, this yearns for the youthful grit of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now crossed with the disaster
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First The Legend of Tarzan poster released

2016’s The Legend of Tarzan has received its first poster, following the recent release of two first-look stills from the film. The poster, which can be seen below, shows Alexander Skarsgård’s Tarzan looking over his jungle as an ape next to him lets out a mighty roar. Warner Bros. tweeted out the poster on the upcoming film’s Twitter account.

The king of the jungle will be accompanied in the film by Margot Robbie’s Jane, who, although is absent from the poster, made her first appearance in one of the two previously unveiled stills.

The film’s official plot has been described by USA Today as follows…

The movie finds John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, a decade removed from his home in the Congo and fully entrenched as a British gentleman in 1880s Victorian London, with his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie) by his side. He’s left
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'Legend of Tarzan' Poster: Alexander Skarsgard Is King of the Jungle

'Legend of Tarzan' Poster: Alexander Skarsgard Is King of the Jungle
Just one day after the first photos debuted from The Legend of Tarzan, Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster. This one-sheet, which arrived via the Legend of Tarzan Twitter account, features Alexander Skarsg&#229rd as the King of the Jungle, who is seen surveying his dominion with a massive ape. With the arrival of yesterday's photos and this one-sheet, the first trailer should be arriving very soon, so stay tuned.

The Legend of Tarzan takes a much different approach to this iconic character, who first appeared in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes. While Tarzan is still raised in the jungle in this version, the story picks up years after the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsg&#229rd) left the jungles of Africa behind. He now lives a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.
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25 young adult novels heading to the movies

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Wondering what you’ll watch when The Hunger Games franchise is over? We’ve got some ideas…

As well as sequels, remakes, and comic book adaptations, there’s one kind of movie you can feel fairly sure is going to keep popping up at a cinema near you: young adult adaptations. Stories about teenagers are still doing big business in the book trade, and thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, Hollywood is convinced of the genre’s appeal, too.

A couple of new franchises have already been kicked off – there’s still at least another Divergent sequel on the way, and another Maze Runner sequel – but what’s more interesting is the list of Ya novels that have been optioned and may soon be taking over the box office. Now, not all of the adaptations on this list will see the light of day,
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Another Oz film for Kate Winslet

On the heels of The Dressmaker Kate Winslet has booked another Australian-produced film: a biography of Us fashion model, artist and war correspondent Elizabeth .Lee. Miller.

Hopscotch Features. Troy Lum and Andrew Mason will produce the film, as yet untitled, after optioning her son Antony Penrose.s biography The Lives of Lee Miller.. No director or writer is yet attached.

The Us-born Miller found herself at the centre of some of the great events of the 20th Century; a muse and collaborator to famous artists such as Picasso and Man Ray, an acclaimed photojournalist documenting some of the most important moments in history, a witness to wartime atrocities, and one of the most glamorous and desired women of her time.

She died in England in 1977, aged 70. She was the subject of a 1995 documentary Lee Miller: Through the Mirror.

Penrose has been conserving and promoting his mother.s work since the early 1980s.
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Awgie wins for The Water Diviner

Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight.s The Water Diviner won the top prize and the gong for best original feature at the 2015 Awgie Awards.

It was the first time a feature collected the Australian Writers' Guild's Major Award and the gong for original feature since 2012 when Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson won with The Sapphires.

The prize for feature film adaptation was shared by Brendan Cowell for Scarlett Productions'. Ruben Guthrie and Tommy Murphy for Matchbox Pictures' Holding the Man.

Matchbox and Full Clip.s Deadline Gallipoli was named best original TV miniseries, acknowledging the work of writers Jacquelin Perske (also script producer), Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland.

FremantleMedia.s Wentworth Season 3, Episode 3 The Governor.s Pleasure by Stuart Page shared the TV series award with Endemol Australia.s Offspring Episode 511 by Michael Lucas. Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon took the award for best miniseries adaptation for
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Did You Know: Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow Was Originally Named After Another Actor?

This past weekend at Disney's D23 Expo, Johnny Depp surprised fans when he came dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to promote the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, due out on July 7, 2017. Here he is chummin' it up with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Harrison Ford backstage. Caption this as you wish. A fun little tidbit regarding Captain Jack is that the character was originally named after another actor who screenwriter Stuart Beattie wanted for the role: Hugh Jackman. “I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind,” he once told Fox News. “Hence the name Captain Jack Sparrow.” At the time, Jackman wasn't the international star that he...

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Nine films and eight TV projects in contention for top Awgie Awards

Nine features have been nominated for this year's Awgie Awards for performance writing.

Eight telemovies and miniseries are in contention. The Australian Writers. Guild says nominations in the 25 categories for the 48th Annual Awgie Awards reflect the abundance of outstanding work currently being produced in Australia. Nominees for best original telemovie are Steven McGregor for Redfern Now: Promise Me and Katherine Thomson for House of Hancock, while Christopher Lee.s Gallipoli and Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon.s The Secret River contend for best adaptation in a television miniseries. There are four nominees for original television mini-series: The Principal by Alice Addison and Kristen Dunphy; The Kettering Incident by Vicki Madden, Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox; Deadline Gallipoli by Jacquelin Perske, Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland; and Love Child: Series 2 from Tim Pye, Cathryn Strickland, Chris McCourt, Jane Allen and Tamara Asmar. In the categories
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' One of Most Enjoyable Summer Blockbusters of Early 21st Century

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
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