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Updated With Full List Of Scripts, Writers, And Reps: Catherine The Great, about the rise and life of the famous (sometimes notorious) 18th-Century Russian monarch, was the top vote-getter among 70 scripts chosen for the 2014 Black List of the year’s best un-produced scripts. The screenplay, by Los Angeles writer and producer Kristina Lauren Anderson, was announced as part of an hour-plus process on Twitter and YouTube this morning.
Each of the 70 screenplays on this 10th annual list was chosen by a group of 250 development executives, agents and other Hollywood insiders as among the year’s best un-produced scripts in a process overseen by Franklin Leonard of http://www.blcklst.com. Anderson’s screenplay received 51 votes.
Other notables in the list include writer/actor/director Kenneth Lonergan with Manchester-By-The-Sea, which is being produced by Matt Damon and Chris Moore. Randall Green had two scripts make the list, The Swimsuit Issue and Cartoon Girl. »
- David Bloom and Jen Yamato
The script centers on the upbringing and marriage of the woman who became the empress of Russia.
The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs. Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “The Imitation Game.”
This year’s announcement was made by tweets with a YouTube link to a video announcement. Participants included Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay, Damien Chazelle, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Matthew Weiner and Billy Ray.
The first project announcement, presented by Nathan Fillion, was for “Professor Pasghetti” by Jeff Feuerstein. It centers on a famous children’s author with an affinity for drugs and hookers. »
- Dave McNary
Patty Jenkins, best known as the writer and director of the Charlize Theron-led film Monster, will helm the English-language remake of the Norwegian action-comedy Jackpot. According to THR, the script is being written by David Callaham, who wrote the first Expendables film, as well as Doom and Godzilla. Magnus Martens wrote and directed the original Norwegian film, based on a novel by Jo Nesbø, one of the current darlings of Scandinavian crime fiction. Our own Kurt Halfyard caught it at Fantasia in Montreal back in 2012. Highlights from his review include such praise as..."Jackpot is bloody as hell with no fears of severing body parts and splattering victims and perpetrators alike; a very large bosomed lady falling in slow motion from a shotgun blast is played for laughs."Magnus Martin's Jackpot...
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The story follows four men with dangerous pasts who all win big in a sports betting pool, although lethal complications arise when it comes time to split up the winnings. Magnus Martens directed the original film, which starred Kyrre Hellum, Henrik Mestad, Marie Blokhus and Mads Ousdal.
Dave Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables 3) has signed on to write the screenplay, with Will Gluck (Annie) attached to produce through his Olive Bridge company. It isn't known when production may begin.
Patty Jenkins made her directorial debut with the 2004 drama Monster, which earned Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress. She was, at one point, attached to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel before parting ways due to creative differences. She has since »
At one time, Monster director Patty Jenkins was lined up to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but some trouble behind the scenes saw her exit the project and the job ended up going to Alan Taylor. Sadly, that means the director hasn't found another big project since her breakthrough with the film famous for Charlize Theron's serial killer transformation. But she just might have another chance at becoming a household name as THR reports Jenkins will direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens from 2011, an adaptation of a crime story by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters). After winning a huge sum of money in a betting pool, four coworkers begin to double-cross each other over the prize money, and things turn lethal pretty quickly. The script comes from The Expendables and Godzilla scribe David Callaham with Easy A director Will Gluck acting »
- Ethan Anderton
Can't Touch This
Plot specifics are under wraps, but it has been described as "'Safe House' on a plane". Joe Gazzam penned the script. [Source: Variety]
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins ("Monster," "The Killing") has closed a deal to direct a remake of the 2011 Norwegian action comedy "Jackpot" at Focus Features. David Callaham ("Godzilla") is penning the script based on a story by "Headhunters" novelist Jo Nesbo. »
- Garth Franklin
It appears that Monster director Patty Jenkins is now close to making her second feature film in over a decade. The talented filmmaker was previously attached to helm Thor: The Dark World but subsequently dropped out over creative differences with Marvel. Her other credits include directing the pilot for AMC’s The Killing as well as episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development, but now THR reports that she’s turning her attention to the action-comedy genre with a remake of the 2011 Norwegian film Jackpot. Based on a story by crime author Jo Nesbo (Headhunters and The Snowman), the film revolves around four men who win big in a sports pool, only to resort to lethal measures when dividing the winnings proves difficult. The Expendables and Doom scribe David Callaham penned the screenplay, and Will Gluck (Easy A) is producing. It’s been too long since Jenkins brought her talents to the feature film world, »
- Adam Chitwood
Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy being made by Focus Features. The 2011 original, directed by Magnus Martens, told of four men with shady pasts who win big in a sports pool. When it comes to dividing the winnings, however, things escalate to lethal proportions. The movie is based on a story by Jo Nesbo, the best-selling crime author whose book Headhunters also was adapted into a movie. David Callaham, whose credits range from The Expendables to Godzilla, is writing the script. Will Gluck is producing via his Olive
- Borys Kit
August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »
- Max Molinaro
Godzilla is a movie that everyone has heard about, even if they have never seen it. There have been so many manifestations of Godzilla in cinema, from the original 1954 version, to his battles with Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Hedorah, to the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version, to this one, 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.
I was excited about this film since first hearing about it last year, and have been following its progression over the past few months as casting and further details were announced. When the first trailer arrived on the scene a few months ago I was further intrigued, and by the time the film was released this week, I was thoroughly anticipating the re-emergence of one of cinemas most famous monsters. »
- Chris Cummings
Does Netflix have Eric Cartman’s Awesome-o working in their studios? You remember; he was the lovable robot who could invent Adam Sandler movies out of thin air, like “Adam Sandler falls in love with a Golden Retriever” or “Adam Sandler is stranded on an island and falls in love with a coconut.” If so, that robot has led them to sign a deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison productions to produce and distribute four films, all of which Sandler will star in and produce. Additionally, Netflix will bankroll each of the films, the budget of which on previous Sandler films have averaged roughly $80 million (though where that money goes in the budget is anyone’s guess). This comes days after news that Netflix’s first feature would be the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.
Sandler commented typically tastefully in a statement via THR, saying, “When these fine people came »
- Brian Welk
Zombieland came out and was met with better than expected reactions. The film exploded, and like most great movies, people wanted more. Well Sony has finally given in and is “urgently” making Zombieland 2! Check out the details after the jump.
Sony has already hired a writer, brought back the director, and has a producer for Zombieland 2. The writer is Dave Callaham, the writer behind Expendables and the recent Godzilla reboot. His recent film is titled Jackpot and it’s dark nature is what interested Sony in hiring him for Zombieland 2. As if Godzilla being a hit wasn’t big enough!
As for the cast? Well that hasn’t been secured just yet, and this is what is worrying. The entire crew behind Zombieland »
- email@example.com (Dustin Spino)
(Cbr) After lying dead for years, the planned sequel to the 2009 comedy "Zombieland" is suddenly showing signs of life. Deadline reports Sony Pictures has hired "Godzilla" screenwriter Dave Callaham to tackle the script under the supervision of Ruben Fleischer, who’s expected to return to direct (although studio insiders contend no deal is in place). Penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the original film starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse on a cross-country road trip to the purported safety of the Los Angeles amusement park Pacific Playland. It grossed more than $102 million worldwide. While Fleischer admitted in January that the odds of a "Zombieland 2" were “slim,” he said, “I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.” The director revealed the sequel would, of course, center on the same characters, but would up the stakes a bit. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Just like the macabre monsters they showcase, living dead films don’t die easily in film purgatory. In the wake of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ recent reanimation, the long-dormant sequel to Zombieland has awakened, risen, and is now lumbering through the early stages of development, as Sony Pictures has hired a writer to pen the sequel, and a familiar face is set to return to the director’s chair.
Currently referred to as Zombieland 2, the follow-up to 2009’s endearing zom-com is reported by Deadline to be heating up after a long stint on the back burner. Sony recently brought in Dave Callaham to pen the picture and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to oversee the script’s creation and return at the helm, though an official deal for the director’s chair has yet to be made. Callaham received a story credit for this year’s Godzilla »
- Derek Anderson
The Zombieland sequel is finally a go, five years after the original was released. Sony Pictures has hired writer Dave Callaham, whose previous credits include Godzilla and the Expendable films. No word yet on if Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, or Woody Harrelson will return, but let's at least keep our fingers crossed for a Bill Murray cameo. Are you excited about the news, or are you afraid a second Zombieland just won't be as good as the first? »
I don't rank my favorite movies very often, but if I were to do so, Zombieland would find a place on the list as one of my go-to comedies. I first saw the movie back in 2011, and I loved every minute of it. Perhaps that was due to my nonexistent expectations -- combined with the fact I purchased it blind from Best Buy during a $5 sale because I had just gone through a breakup and was in the mood for some laughs and, well, sitting on the shelf was a movie about zombies, and with Emma Stone on the cover I saw no reason not to grab it. What ensued was one hell of a riotous Friday night in with my brother. Suffice to say, there's been a spot in my heart for Zombieland ever since. Well, five years after the film hit theaters -- almost to the date actually »
- Jordan Benesh
Would you look at that! Sony Pictures is finally ready to move forward with Zombieland 2, and they've hired Dave Callaham to write the script. He is the writer who worked on screenplays for The Expendables films and also has a story credit on the most recent Godzilla movie. He will work alongside director Ruben Fleischer, who is expected to return to helm the sequel.
Back in 2013 there was an attempt made to adapt the original film into a series on Amazon, but it completely failed and never got past the pilot episode. It's one of those things that just didn't hit with audiences, and it wasn't vey good. I really enjoyed the first movie, and I think there's a lot of potential for a great sequel. Hopefully they can come up with another fun story to tell.
- Joey Paur
Following the surprise smash success of "Zombieland," the wheels were turning hard for a sequel, or anything really that the folks behind the movie could spinoff. Indeed, you may have forgotten about the failed Amazon pilot for a TV series based on the show. Meanwhile, the past few years have seen a small amount of chatter about a sequel, though with hesitation and caveats from folks like Jesse Eisenberg and director Ruben Fleischer. But it looks like a second kick at the can is happening. Deadline reports that Sony has just hired Dave Callaham ("Godzilla") to write the script for "Zombieland 2," with Fleischer overseeing everything. Why? Because Fleischer will be back to direct, and the timing couldn't be better. Ever since "Zombieland," Fleischer has whiffed with his big-screen efforts, the lackluster "30 Minutes Or Less" and star-studded misfire "Gangster Squad." That said, shooting on this is probably a long way off, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've been hearing plans of a "Zombieland" sequel ever since the original film hit theaters in 2009 and grossed $102 million worldwide on a budget of $23 million. Now comes word that Sony Pictures is pushing forward with "Zombieland 2" by hiring Dave Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables, Doom) to write the script. Apparently his pitch for the sequel was strong enough to get the studio interested in revisiting the franchise. "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer will return to helm the sequel. No word if Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone or Abigail Bresling will return. »
After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things: they're making Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z it was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similarly successful second time around, »
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