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‘Jumangi: The Next Level’ Writers Find Soul of the Sequel

For those of us who grew up watching the original Jumanji (1995), it's hard not to feel nostalgia around the reboot that trades in a magical board game for a video game. In the original film, Robin Williams is at his peak as an actor, bringing epic humanity and humor to his work. Now the torch has lovingly been passed to Dwayne Johnson, Jack ...

Spielberg gets all Spielbergian on The BFG: 7 great story tricks we learned from the cinematic giant

A master storyteller when it comes to action adventure films, Steven Spielberg is the best when it comes to learning the craft of telling good stories. We took a look at his latest film The BFG to give you seven ways to get all Spielbergian on your script.

Screenwriter Evan Daugherty on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Ever since his $3.2 million sale of the screenplay for Snow White and the Huntsman, screenwriter Evan Daugherty is making a name for himself in the world of young adult films. In less than four years, he’s also written Divergent and now Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ScreenwritingU sat down with Daugherty to discuss how got the job he’s wanted ...

Screenwriter Justin Haythe on writing THE LONE RANGER

How does a screenwriter in Hollywood approach the challenge of bringing one of the most beloved characters of the Old West to the silver screen when legendary Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski ask you to write the script? “The way to approach this was to not be overly precious or careful about it, ...

Screenwriter James Vanderbilt on WHITE HOUSE DOWN

The marketing for the new action thriller, White House Down, staring Channing Tatum seems to focus more on his dirty white tank top than the plot itself. What does screenwriter James Vanderbilt think of all the hunky hubbub around his new movie? He loves it! This conversation about costuming with the writer who penned The Amazing Spider-Man and ...

How to plot twist like a master with NOW YOU SEE ME writer Ed Solomon

How could the man who wrote Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures, like totally, and also write a crime thriller with elaborate plot twists such as Now You See Me? Meditation is his answer. With every project screenwriter Ed Solomon takes on, he rediscovers the craft of writing and what drew him to it in the first place. Now You See Me is the ...

The Avengers – An Interview with Screenwriter Zak Penn

THE AVENGERS is directed by Joss Whedon. In this interview, Zak talks about:  How to adapt a comic into a screenplay.  Making a story emotional and getting us connected to the main character.  Surviving competing interests -- the comic, the fans, and the studio!  How deals like X2, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers came together for ...

Interview: Screenwriter Dan Gilroy on THE BOURNE LEGACY

“There’s a lot of movie talk,” screenwriter Dan Gilroy says of his film family. Gilroy’s not only the writer on The Bourne Legacy that he co-wrote with his brother, Tony Gilroy – who also wrote the first three films in the series and directed this one — but he’s the husband of actress Rene Russo and son of Pulitzer-Prize winning ...
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