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Interview: 'Arrival' Screenwriter Eric Heisserer Explains How, and Why, He Challenges Himself

13 February 2017 9:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When talking about success in Hollywood, luck often comes up. And while the whims of the universe certainly have a lot of sway over everything, there is simply no substitution for good, old fashioned hard work. So if you're an aspiring screenwriter, pay attention to Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer. His is a classical, head down, put in the work, kind of success story. Before 2016, Heisserer was king of the horror reboot thanks to the hat trick of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, and The Thing. That also made him the king of seeing what happens when you hand in your pages and then step away from a production. So starting with 2013's Hours, which he also directed, Heisserer sought more control over projects that originated with him (Aka spec...

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‘Moonlight’ Has 8 Oscar Nominations, But An Adapted Screenplay Win Is Almost Guaranteed

13 February 2017 7:06 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Don’t abandon hope, “Moonlight” lovers.

On Sunday, the BAFTAs shut out “Moonlight,” which had four nominations. Among them, writer-director Barry Jenkins competed in the Original Screenplay category against eventual BAFTA winner Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”). These two also compete at the Writers Guild. On Oscar night February 26th, when “Moonlight” has eight chances to win, it should take home at least one Oscar in another category, Best Adapted Screenplay.

The BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay went to Australian writer Luke Davies for “Lion.” But at Saturday’s USC Scripter Awards, which have accurately predicted the adapted category for the last six years, “Moonlight” beat “Lion.” On Oscar night, “Moonlight” should do that again.

Here’s how the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race shakes out.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”)

The Academy moved two scripts, “Moonlight” and “Loving,” from Original to Adapted. Technically, the play Jenkins adapted with McCraney, »

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‘Moonlight’ Has 8 Oscar Nominations, But An Adapted Screenplay Win Is Almost Guaranteed

13 February 2017 7:06 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Don’t abandon hope, “Moonlight” lovers.

On Sunday, the BAFTAs shut out “Moonlight,” which had four nominations. Among them, writer-director Barry Jenkins competed in the Original Screenplay category against eventual BAFTA winner Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”). These two also compete at the Writers Guild. On Oscar night February 26th, when “Moonlight” has eight chances to win, it should take home at least one Oscar in another category, Best Adapted Screenplay.

The BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay went to Australian writer Luke Davies for “Lion.” But at Saturday’s USC Scripter Awards, which have accurately predicted the adapted category for the last six years, “Moonlight” beat “Lion.” On Oscar night, “Moonlight” should do that again.

Here’s how the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race shakes out.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”)

The Academy moved two scripts, “Moonlight” and “Loving,” from Original to Adapted. Technically, the play Jenkins adapted with McCraney, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Arrival’ Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on Writing the Unfilmable Story: Awards Spotlight

7 February 2017 3:37 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the nearly 20 years since Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life” was published, the story took on a near-mythic quality in the realm of short fiction. As a nuanced, layered piece of science fiction, it blended the complex notions of parental grief with a granular examination of interspecies linguistics. However, the narrative approach that brought Chiang so much acclaim also seemed destined to keep the story confined to words on a page.

Enter screenwriter Eric Heisserer, whose varied interests and occupations provided just the right outside-the-box approach to help guide Dr. Louise Banks’ triumph and heartbreak to the screen in the form of “Arrival.” Heisserer is familiar with genre scripts that stem from an established framework, having worked on “The Thing,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and a later installment of the the “Final Destination” franchise.

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