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MGM & The Black List Announce Two-Year Film Script Writing Partnership

MGM & The Black List Announce Two-Year Film Script Writing Partnership

MGM and The Black List today announced the launch of a two-year feature film script writing partnership to discover new voices with unique perspectives from historically underrepresented communities around the world. Together MGM and The Black List are committed to identifying new writers who want to tell original stories with universal appeal for the big screen.

Every six months over the next two years, The Black List will deliver a shortlist of new feature film writing candidates to MGM for consideration. MGM will then look to select one writer from each six-month cycle to receive a two-step Guild minimum blind script deal and the opportunity to work with the iconic studio. The first opt-in period for the partnership begins December 3, 2020 and will close February 23, 2021.

Partnership Requirements:

  • Entrant must host a full-length feature screenplay on blcklst.com for at least one week during the submission period – December
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MGM And Black List Launch Two-Year Feature Film Script Writing Partnership To Discover Underrepresented Voices

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Continuing its effort to bolster stories from historically underrepresented communities, The Black List is teaming with MGM to launch a two-year feature film script writing partnership to discover new voices. The initiative is committed to identifying new writers who want to tell original stories with universal appeal for the big screen. The Black List founder Franklin Leonard revealed the news on CNBC on Thursday.

Every six months over the next two years, The Black List will deliver a shortlist of new feature film writing candidates to MGM for consideration. MGM will then look to select one writer from each six-month cycle to receive a two-step Guild minimum blind script deal and the opportunity to work with the iconic studio. The first opt-in period for the partnership begins today and will close February 23, 2021.

“Franklin Leonard has dedicated his career to advancing great

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Original Gremlins Script Was a Hard R Monster Movie Inspired by a Mouse Infestation

When Gremlins debuted in theaters in 1984, audiences were simultaneously entranced and disturbed. The cutesy nature of the central creature called Gizmo, of the Mogwai species, was an instant hit with children. Yet, the movie also featured grisly scenes of horror and death that scandalized parents. In an interview with Collider, Chris Columbus, who wrote the script for Gremlins, confirmed that his original intention had been to make a hard R-rated horror flick, inspired by his chilling personal experiences with mice infestations.

“I was living in New York at the time with these mice running around the floor, and I was watching old Universal horror films on TBS and my friend said to me, ‘You love monster movies so much, why don’t you write a monster movie?’ I was thinking about these mice running around at night, they would scurry by my finger if my hand was hanging over

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Gremlins 3 Script Is Written, Creator Promises Puppets Instead of CGI

There is still no official word on whether or not Gremlins 3 will ever happen. However, original writer Chris Columbus has offered a somewhat encouraging update on the proposed sequel, which has been kicking around for years now. According to Columbus, his script is written and they are just trying to figure out when to make it, in addition to navigating some rights issues. Should it come to pass, Columbus says that they will use practical puppets and minimal CGI.

Chris Columbus wrote the original Gremlins, which was directed by Joe Dante. But Columbus has been actively trying to get Gremlins 3 off the ground for some time now. While promoting his latest movie, The Christmas Chronicles 2, the filmmaker was asked about the status of the sequel. Here’s what he had to say about it.

RELATED: Wild Gremlins 3 Pitch Arrives Disguised as an ’80s Rock Anthem

“I

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How Europeans Films and TV Shows Develop From Script to Screen

Creators and screenwriters from Europe discussed the importance of collaboration in filmmaking during a panel in the Variety Streaming Room.

Hosted by international features editor Leo Barraclough, the conversation, titled “Lost in Translation? Visual Story Development from Script to Screen,” included creators from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s Black Room and writers from the Face to Face program. Prop maker and modeler Simon Weisse, production designer Jacqueline Abrahams, and writers Jana Burbach and Hanno Hackfort took part in the panel.

Collaborative endeavors have seen an increase in European filmmaking, said Hackfort, since teams have begun to see that different departments — writers, designers, directors — often have ideas that aren’t limited to just the part of the film or television project they’re working on.

“This concept of showrunner becomes more and more important in Germany,” he said. “Then you’re not just a writer, but you can also work together

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Monster Hunter 2 Script Is Already Being Written by Director Paul W.S. Anderson

While fans await to see whether director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter breaks the video game movie curse, lead actor Milla Jovovich has revealed that Monster Hunter 2 is already being worked on. Jovovich, whose Monster Hunter character Captain Natalie Artemis can be seen in a newly released image, has stated in a recent interview that Anderson is “already writing” something else based in the movie’s universe.

“Definitely, we would love to make another one. Hopefully people are going to love it because I know Paul would love to make a sequel. I mean, he’s already writing something…”

Whether this news warrants excitement or worry is largely unknown currently, seeing as audiences have yet to see the first Monster Hunter, but Paul W.S. Anderson certainly knows a thing or two

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America’s reality TV president relies heavily on 2016 script for 2020 campaign

The scene last week was strangely familiar — with just minutes to the last presidential debate, a surprise guest stepped before cameras to hurl accusations at the Democratic nominee and then headed into the debate hall.

The episode was one more reminder that, as he has sought reelection in 2020, Trump has relied heavily on the playbook he drew up to win the White House once before.

“It’s a lot of déjà vu,” said Rick Gates, who was Trump’s deputy campaign manager in 2016, before he pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities in relation to the Russia investigation. “He’s trying to re-create that full out warfare he

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2020 reads like a TV script. So we asked screenwriters how it should end.

If 2020 were a TV show, the first draft would be terrible. The premise is promising — what happens when political dysfunction meets a deadly virus? — but the execution needs work. Think about how messy it all has been: competing plotlines, too-abrupt soap opera twists, one-dimensional villains, stories introduced and then just as quickly dropped.



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Like it or not, we’re barreling toward the finale, and no one knows what’s going to happen in the last episode. Will there be a satisfying ending? Or one of those unsettling, ambiguous ones that gnaws at you long after you’ve finished the show? Will it be an ending at all?

Hollywood screenwriters have been thinking about that, too.

“This experience is very much kind of a joke that we make a lot in the writers’ room,” says Bruce Miller, the showrunner of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

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Fury Road director shuts down rumours the movie didn’t have a script

From Digital Spy

The director of Mad Max: Fury Road has denied rumours the film didn’t have a script.

The movie was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2015, but has since been plagued by speculation that it didn’t have a legitimate script.

Said rumours originated after a picture of 3,500 storyboards laying out the film in almost total entirety emerged online.

But, speaking following similar rumour-debunking tweets from Mad Max: Fury Road co-writer Brendan McCarthy, director George Miller has assured fans that the film “of course” had a script.

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison – Getty Images

Related: Mad Max: Fury Road – 11 things you didn’t know about the movie

“I’m not sure how the notion that Fury Road had no script came about,” he told IndieWire.

“Of course there was a script!

“How else could we have presented the project to a studio, cast and crew

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