Development of New Godzilla an Unnecessary Mess of Petty Disputes and Rewrites
Did you just feel the ground shake violently beneath your feet? Hear that deafening roar from off in the distance? As much as we wish we could say it's Godzilla, those tremors and bellowing are actually coming from an even more monstrous abomination: Legendary Pictures. Production for the highly anticipated return of everyone's favorite king of kaiju hasn't even started and already the studio is being stymied by one self-imposed speed bump after another. From the studio playing a tedious game of musical chairs with film writers to petty internal disputes, we'd be fortunate to even get 5 minutes of leaked grainy Godzilla footage uploaded to YouTube at the rate things are currently going -- which is assuming that everybody at Legendary Pictures can wrap their heads around a grown-up word called compromise.Read on...
The Walking Dead Reportedly Fires Entire Writing Staff [Update]
Despite strong ratings and its recent renewal by AMC, The Walking Dead is reportedly firing the entirety of its writing staff. Moreover, the zombie series could dispatch with an in-house writing staff entirely for Season Two, relying instead on freelancers assigned on a script-by-script basis. Series writer, EP, and director Frank Darabont would stay on, however, and comic creator Robert Kirkman, who wrote an episode this season, could continue on in a contributing role. Deadline has the scoop:
I hear The Walking Dead writer/ executive producer/ director Frank Darabont has let go of the writers on the hot freshman AMC series, which has already renewed for a second season. That includes Darabont's No. 2, writing executive producer Charles “Chic” Eglee. Writer turnover on series between seasons is commonplace but wholesale overhauls are unusual. What's more, I hear Darabont is looking to forgo having a writing staff for the second season of Walking Dead altogether and assign scripts to freelancers.This seems very odd. The fifth episode of this first, six-episode season had even higher ratings than the already-strong series premiere, so tanking ratings aren't an excuse, and the show has been widely critically acclaimed even as it has daringly moved further away from the original source material. One possible explanation is that Darabont has been doing a lot of the work to begin with -- he wrote episodes one and two himself and was thoroughly involved with the writing of the other four. But thirteen episodes is a lot more than six, especially if the comics become less reliable as source material to fall back on, and firing the writers seems a potentially strong jolt to the series' momentum. (Deadline via io9)Read on...
AMC’s The Walking Dead Trailer
In June, AMC began production on a television version of The Walking Dead, an esteemed comic book created by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The comic (and now television series) follows police officer Rick Grimes as he attempts to survive a zombie apocalypse.Read on...