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Genre vets Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), Drew Goddard, Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), Marti Noxon, Zack Whedon, and Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have been nominated by their peers. The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced their nominees for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2008 season to be honored at the upcoming 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7, 2009, in Los Angeles and New York.
Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC
- Robert Greenberger
Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures announced that they will now release Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones adaptation in theaters December 11, 2009, nine months later than originally planned... The film centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family and her killer from heaven. In addition, MGM has bumped back the release of Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon's The Cabin In The Woods from it's planned October '09 date all the way to February 5, 2010. No details have been revealed yet, but we'll keep you posted as soon as a synopsis hits the net. »
Not much of an update, but a sad one nonetheless; Box Office Mojo have learned that Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods, which he co-scripted with Joss Whedon, has moved from its October 23rd, 2009 release date, which would have given horror fans something to choose from and leaves Saw VI likely the only game in town again, to February 5th, 2010.
Obviously Bom doesn’t have any reasoning for this, just the date change, but it could be any number of things from the script not being ready to the film’s start date being pushed back to simply wanting to have more time to promote it. I seriously doubt it was fear of competing with Saw VI, but I guess we can’t rule that out yet.
Cabin in the Woods still has no synopsis to speak of; all we know is that it’s a horror/comedy and that the title is, »
- Johnny Butane
It’s little surprise that the Watchmen toped BookScan’s list of Top 20 Graphic Novels for November for the fifth month in a row. In a report at ICv2, it was noted the book actually hit the Top 10 list twice with the paperback edition of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ story atop the list and the new hardcover edition in the sixth spot.
Eight of the 20 spots belong to traditional graphic novels with the remaining dozen spots nabbed, as expected, by Manga releases, led by Fruits Basket Vol. 21 in second place. DC’s Joker original tale debuted in fourth place and gave the publisher three of the Top 10 spots. Marvel had no titles in the Top 20 although Dk’s holiday book Marvel Chronicle debuted in 17th place. Similarly, Running Press’ wonderful DC Vault appeared in 15th place.
BookScan’s report of bookstore sales is an incomplete picture of the book »
- Robert Greenberger
It’s a rumor of a rumor for now, but is it possible we could be seeing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie in the near future? According to Moviehole, page 51 of the Aussie Hearld-Sun newspaper has an interesting bit about that very subject. It reads like this;
The monster success of girly vampire pic Twilight at the Us Box office last weekend could kick open the door for a big-screen return of Joss Whedon’s much-loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Rumours are circulating in Hollywood that Whedon has a feature-film script based on his hit TV series ready to roll as soon as a studio is prepared to commit..
Odd, and probably more than a bit of heresay, but we’ll be keeping our ears open for more solid facts. Whedon is still working on his new TV show, “Dollhouse”, as well as the horror film he’s co-written with Drew Goddard, »
- Johnny Butane
In the interview, he clarified that the studio really wants a sequel (it was greenlit just weeks after opening) and that since the film came out in January there have been quite a few discussions and brainstorming sessions about the sequel. Reeves emphasized the point that wanting a sequel and having a good idea for one are two separate things.
“There are a couple ideas that have potential but we haven’t quite cracked it yet”
Although signed to direct the sequel (with Drew Goddard again writing), Reeves is currently busy with his project, The Invisible Woman and his Let the Right One In remake so his focus isn’t currently on Cloverfield. Sorting through the ideas and possibilities for the follow-up has proved challenging and one »
- Rob Keyes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate
Dark Horse, October 2008, $15.95
I have to admit something right up front, by quoting myself:
Not only have I never read any Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, I've never seen the TV show – or the movie it spawned from, or the Angel spin-off show. Nor have I played any Buffy card games, fondled the increasing number of muppet-y creatures, written BtVS fan-fiction, or attended Buffy-centric conventions.
So I came to Wolves at the Gate a complete innocent. Sure, I have a vague sense of who Buffy and the rest of the Scooby gang are – see? I even know the term “Scooby gang” – but not much more than that. I was surprised to see the guy named Xander has only one eye, for example, and I imagine most »
- Andrew Wheeler
As it stands, Hollywood studios are deadlocked in their contract negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild. That news stirs up foul memories of a year ago, when the Writers Guild of America was at a similar juncture with the studios… Soon after that there were no TV shows for about half a year.
And we all know what that did last year’s TV season.
In anticipation of the worst (which has ironically become the norm in these days and times), studios are turning to the pre-strike protocols they devised after the 2007 WGA strike, pushing as many films as they can into production so that the 2010-2011 movie roster doesn’t end up barren.
Check out the studio by studio list of the films that are either currently in production, or are headed into production in light of the looming strike.
The list of movies being fast-tracked are as follows: »
- Kofi Outlaw
Well, it’s not a ton of new information, but at least we can keep Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods close to the front of your brainpan again for a bit, right? Right!
A blog posted on the LA Times site about Mary Parent’s new roles with Untied Artists makes mention of Whedon’s planned return to horror, though only briefly. They state that shooting on Cabin in the Woods, the only film Parent has greenlit for UA to date, should start up in February for its planned release date of October 23rd, 2009.
The horror/comedy has still yet to have any plot details released, good on Whedon and director/co-writer Drew Goddard (pictured) for keeping that under wraps, but the budget is said to be $30 million, which should be more than enough to create something horror fans will likely flock to see.
More details as they slip out! »
- Johnny Butane
Filed under: Action, Comedy, Horror, Thrillers, Distribution
I never would have thought I would see the day that moviegoers and critics would praise the heck out of Jean Claude Van Damme -- unless they were all in the midst of a discussion about awesome crappy martial arts movies from the '80s. But the critical praise has finally come with his work in J.C.V.D. which means that the sucker has to hit screens soon so the rest of us can see what the fuss is about. According to AOL Money, Peace Arch Entertainment bought all the North American rights to the film, with plans to release it shortly after it screens at Tiff. Okay, so the exact date is not set, but the wait for Jean Claude's latest could be as short as a month. Stay tuned! (We'll have a review and mayyybe an interview with the man himself later next month. »
- Monika Bartyzel
Fangoria is reporting that Joss Whedon's horror flick The Cabin In The Woods is set to hit theaters on October 23, 2009, putting it in direct competition with Saw VI, and despite the fact that Cabin has yet to confirm a cast or production start date! The Cabin In The Woods will be directed by Drew Goddard from a script he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. Goddard wrote this year's hit Cloverfield, and Whedon is the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and the recent internet web series hit Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog. Saw VI is being helmed by Saw 1-5 editor Kevin Greutert and is locked for an October 30th, 2009 release. Little details are available in regards to either film, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we hear something!
MGM has slated Drew Goddard's (Cloverfield) latest project, The Cabin In The Woods, for release October 23, 2009, although early announced dates like these rarely stick. In addition, MGM is putting the film out a week before Lionsgate's Saw VI, which will hit theaters on October 30th. I'm not quite sure it's such a good idea to let them go head-to-head as Jigsaw will ruin Goddard's (short) camping trip. Woods is being co-written by fan fav Joss Whedon. No details have been released for either film. Saw VI will be written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton with franchise editor Kevin Greutert behind the lens. »
Harry E. Sloan has signed a deal to captain MGM as chairman and CEO for three more years. He originally came aboard to revamp the ailing studio in October 2005.
"To create another page in the storied history of MGM is the most exciting challenge I've had in my career," said Sloan, who also invested in the company. "With the support of the MGM board, we've been able to make significant progress, and I believe the next three years will be a testament to the power, passion and creative vision of our new management team."
Sloan came to MGM from Sbs Broadcasting, a European media company he founded in 1990 and sold in 2005 for about $2.6 billion. In addition to Sbs, Sloan has invested in and chaired Lionsgate Entertainment and New World Entertainment. He started out as an entertainment attorney.
In March, he hired former Universal Pictures vice chairman Mary Parent, who has moved aggressively during the past five months to revive MGM's production, marketing and distribution capabilities as chairman of MGM's Worldwide Motion Picture Group. Sloan also recruited Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise to rebuild United Artists.
Sloan has raised $500 million of revolving financing for a growing film slate due to begin rolling out in 2010, which, in a committed vote of confidence, he'll now see to fruition. He also partnered with Fox to distribute MGM films and TV internationally.
On MGM's horizon are remakes of "Red Dawn," "RoboCop" and "Fame" as well as several original comedies and the two-part "Hobbit" epic directed by Guillermo del Toro for 2011. The studio also recently greenlighted the mystery-laden "Cabin in the Woods," written by Joss Whdeon and Drew Goddard; the latter also will direct.
MGM has "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" hitting theaters soon. The Lion's crown jewel, the Bond franchise, continues in November with the Marc Forster-directed "Quantum of Solace," the last in the series that it will split as part of its current deal with distributor Sony Pictures.
"We appreciate Harry's commitment to building value at MGM and believe he is executing the right strategy for the company," Providence Equity Partners CEO Jonathan Nelson said on behalf of the MGM board. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a three act internet flick about a lovelorn wannabe-supervillain who tends to break out into song.
As the panel started and Joss Whedon was introduced, a complete standing ovation erupted from the audience. The crowd truly appreciates the work he has done, presently does and I suspect, will do in the future.
He was also joined on-stage by Dr. Horrible writers Jed and Zach Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and the cast - Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Simon Helberg. Neil Patrick Harris brought weaponry in the form of the freeze ray from used in the short series, maybe in case the questions got out of hand.
They went immediately to audience questions and some of the highlights from the panel were:
We’ll be seeing more Serenity Comics.
Sugar shock will be available in print on the Dark Horse MySpace collection. »
- Bruce Simmons
Pam Silverstein is joining MGM's reconstituted worldwide motion picture group as director of development.
She will contribute to the acquisition, development and production of new material for MGM's burgeoning theatrical slate along with executive vp worldwide theatrical physical production Dan Kolsrud, who was hired last month; executive vp development Cale Boyter, who was hired from the folded New Line in March; and vp production Becky Sloviter.
Silverstein, who assumes the post this week, will report to MGM chair Mary Parent.
The Ontario native was working in the London offices of Icm before she moved to Ken Kamins' desk in the Los Angeles office of the agency. Eventually, she became a literary manager and producer at Kamins' Key Creatives, where she worked with clients Peter Jackson, Christopher McQuarrie and others.
Two years ago, she moved to New York to become manager of creative affairs at Scholastic Media, which focuses on children's entertainment. Throughout, she has represented or developed film, TV and book material.
"Pam has triple-a taste, and her experience in the book world, as well as film and television, makes her a very well-rounded executive with a lot to draw from," Parent said. "She will be an integral part of the new MGM theatrical team, and we all look forward to her insights and contributions."
Among MGM's potential forthcoming releases -- due in 2010 -- is the newly greenlighted Joss Whedon-Drew Goddard project "The Cabin in the Woods" as well as remakes of "Fame," "Robocop" and "Red Dawn." »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Mary Parent is getting right on track in MGM these days since she was named the chair of their Worldwide Motion Picture Group back in March.
One item that she’s given the green light to on her clipboard is the project called The Cabin in the Woods.
The Cabin in the Woods is brought to us by none other than Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. In the past these two, as a team, have brought us such successes as the ill-fated Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Buffy spinoff Angel. Drew Goddard has some other credits to his name as writer and co-producer of Alias and wrote some other little known flick by some guy, called Cloverfield and co-produces ABC’s Lost. »
- Bruce Simmons
MGM has acquired and greenlit The Cabin in the Woods, a thriller penned by Joss Whedon (Serenity) and Drew Goddard ("Lost", Cloverfield) with Goddard signed to make his directorial debut and Whedon producing. No story details have been revealed. [Variety] Animated film Planet 51 has been picked up by TriStar Pictures for release on November 20, 2009. The film starring the voice talent of The Rock and Jessica Biel centers on an astronaut who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first to set foot on it. To his surprise, he discovers it's inhabited by little green people who live in a white picket-fenced world reminiscent of 1950s America. New Line originall had the project when it was announced in November of 2007, but when New Line folded into Warners it was ultimately let go. [Variety] Sam Shepard, Rosanna Arquette, Jordi Molla and French star Vincent Perez are joining Dermot Mulroney and Diane Kruger in »
- Brad Brevet
An article in this morning’s THR, which focuses on Mary Parent’s revitalization of MGM as a production house, mentions that Cabin will also be Goddard’s directorial debut, but neither Joss, Drew, nor Parent would give any more details as to what it’s about.
"I'll be shot,” Parent told the trade. ”I've got like 12,000 online people outside. They've got me under pain or punishment, I'm not allowed to discuss. It's an intense visceral thrill ride and I'll leave it at that. It was everything you would have hoped with the two of them."
It’s not much, but it’s enough to keep my interest piqued! If all goes well, Cabin in the Woods should be shooting this fall. »
- Johnny Butane
Variety reports that MGM has bought the script, which was co-written by the film's director, Drew Goddard. I know...it's a little bit of a letdown knowing Whedon won't be directing, but it's a little exciting that Goddard - a writing and producing vet of Buffy, Alias, and Lost - should finally get a chance to direct. Especially when you weigh in the fact that he wrote Cloverfield.
We don't know much about the story, but I think we take a guess. I mean, it's a thriller called The Cabin in the Woods. Probably won't be a nice, relaxing weekend in the country.
What we do know is that the film marks something of a milestone for MGM. One of the original major studios, »
- Colin Boyd
MGM now stands for Mary's Greenlighting Movies.
Mary Parent, that is, who has rapidly been rebuilding the production capabilities of the iconic studio since she grabbed the foreman's hat in March. On Tuesday, the Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman gave her first greenlight to a spec script from sci-fi mavericks Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard titled "The Cabin in the Woods." Goddard, who most recently scripted the $168 million grossing (worldwide) Paramount monster movie "Cloverfield," will make the film his directorial debut. Whedon will produce as well.
Parent also is pushing forward MGM's "Red Dawn" remake. The studio has just hired screenwriter Carl Ellsworth to recraft the ultimate homeland invasion story for a new generation of besieged high schoolers. Dan Bradley, a second unit director and/or stunt coordinator on "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Spider-Man 3" and the forthcoming "Quantum of Solace," is moving into the director's chair on the update. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm, whose "Journey to the Center of the Earth" opens Friday, will produce.
Much of the industry has been tracking the Lion's moves with anticipation as Parent, former vice chairman of Universal Pictures, began acquiring executives and material at an accelerated clip during the past few months. While such projects as "Fame," "The Thomas Crown Affair 2," "The Zookeeper" and "RoboCop" have been whispering on the trade winds, the Whedon-Goddard project suddenly became Project No. 1.
"It feels great," said Parent, talking excitedly about a possible fall start date. "It feels really good. It just came in and it was ready to go.
"It was just very fateful," she added. "I couldn't have coordinated it. It just happened. There's other stuff that's percolating, but this just felt great. Honestly, it's one of the most clever and original scripts I've ever read. And I love them. You put the two of them together and it's kind of a dream come true."
Goddard, repped by Uta, and Whedon, repped by Caa, first worked together on Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series. Goddard has since written for "Angel," "Alias" and "Lost," on which he also is a producer.
"This has to be considered the dream scenario for a first-time director," Goddard said. "I get to make a movie with my best friend at a studio that's shown us nothing but aggressive love from the start. This script is very near and dear to my heart -- I can't wait to step behind the camera and mess up all the parts Joss wrote."
Said Whedon: "The new MGM is the perfect place for Drew to do the kind of work I know he can do. Except for when I'm subtly sabotaging him because I'm jealous of his talent and height."
Whedon and Parent have their own history. They worked together on "Serenity," which Whedon wrote and directed for Universal. And Parent is the producer on "Goners," a secretive Whedon script that Universal bought in 2005.
The "Cabin in the Woods" plot line remains equally murky, and efforts to provoke a description from Parent were met with resistance.
"Yeah, right," Parent deadpanned. "I'll be shot. I've got like 12,000 online people outside. They've got me under pain or punishment, I'm not allowed to discuss. It's an intense visceral thrill ride and I'll leave it at that. It was everything you would have hoped with the two of them."
Parent and MGM chairman and CEO Harry Sloan announced the "Red Dawn" remake -- along with a big-budget rebuild of "RoboCop," which director Darren Aronofsky among others has recently been in to discuss -- in May at the Festival de Cannes. As the studio regroups, its executives have realized that they also can exploit the numerous classic and cult properties in the strong MGM library for a new audience. (Parent seems equally willing to take risks on such freshman directors as Goddard and Bradley.)
The original "Dawn" was the Cold War brainchild of writer-director John Milius, who devised a World War III invasion of America by the Soviets and Cubans.
"The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we're in," Ellsworth said. "As 'Red Dawn' scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?"
Ellsworth is repped by Icm and the Shuman Co. Bradley also is with Icm.
Borys Kit contributed to this report. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
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