Mr. Andy Briggs is an author, conservationist, graphic novelist and a screenwriter. He has worked on Warner Bros.' animated Aquaman. He wrote contemporary series of Tarzan books. For Paramount Pictures, he worked on Judge Dredd, Foreverman, and Freddy vs. Jason. He wrote his debut adult novel titled Control-S. He produced, wrote, and executive-produced UK/Chinese movie titled Legendary which starred Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundren. He also wrote the critical acclaimed movie titled Crowhurst. His latest movie Supervized is what this blog interview is all about. Starring Tom Berenger, Ned Dennehy, Fionnula Flanagan, Louis Gossett Jr., Clive Russell, and Beau Bridges, Supervized is about four elderly superheroes in an Ireland retirement home who decided to join together for a final thrill. So, take this moment to get to know Mr. Andy Briggs and his experience working on Supervized.
1. What is the genesis of Supervized?
While working through CROWHURST, Legendary producer Robert Halmi called me up to discuss a passion project of his. He sent me some artwork he found of an elderly Flash, Superman and Spiderman playing poker and said “Make it something like that!”.
We started chatting about Grumpy Old Men and The Quartet, and the concept quickly fell together after that.
2. Were there other titles you came up with before Supervized? If so what were they?
We had always just called it SUPERHEROES. It wasn’t ever going to be the final title, but it stuck. I was always searching for something different that would combine Grumpy Old Men with the Avengers but it was elusive. SUPERVIZED! (including the exclamation mark) just appeared on an email one day. Not sure where it came from. I was a big fan of the exclamation mark, but that fell off somewhere!
3. In one word how would you sum up Supervized?
4. Was there anything you find particularly challenging in writing Supervized?
The budget! On paper you’re not limited to the scope of the story. Of course, then we have to get real and the concept has to fall into line with what can be practically done. It was always going to be small in tone – a retirement home, faded powers that are more or less in the background. But the original ending had our heroes going to a genetic lab in the big city and was far more ambitious. That then moved to an abandoned dock, with a cool (and expensive) bad guy finale.
5. Which writer/s inspired you to become a screenwriter and an author?
I was a huge Marvel fan as a kid, so it was reading those and the personification of Stan Lee as a writer that made me think it could be a cool job. Years later my brother and I worked with Stan Lee on a movie and we stayed friends. It was a full circle dream come true.
6. Were you ever on set for the making of Supervized? If so, could you tell me what scene you were present at?
Sadly, I was working on a movie in China, so didn’t get to see any of it. They had to do a rewrite of the ending so I was annoyed to be half way around the planet!
7. Could you also express your feelings about Tom Berenger, Clive Russell, Fionnula Flanagan, Louis Gossett Jr. and/or Beau Bridges playing characters that you wrote?
It’s a fantastic cast. Director Steve Barron always insisted he wanted actors who played the ages they were in the script and who you could believe, when they were younger, could have portrayed heroes. To have a set of such legendary actors assemble was such a previlage!
8. Silly-Game question: From Control-S novel, could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
Well I still don’t have a copy yet (out in e-book/airport edition in July! Hit’s the shelves properly in November, so the page numbers won’t quite sit right. But…
“Kaiju Killer then raised two fingers at the camera and furiously flipped them like some ADHD kid on a caffeine high.” – page 24
9. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter/ producer, how would one get you or any expert to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
That’s quite a difficult question as most screenwriters would gravitate towards a more traditionally published book. But that’s not to say it’s impossible (look at The Martian). Rather than pursue a screenwriter, it might be worthwhile the writer attempting the script themselves.
10. Which novel/novella/short story/article have you read that you would like to turn to a screenplay?
There are a couple – but I am not telling just in case those rights are available, I would rather grab them myself!
11. Do you have any fun, interesting fact to tell about working for comic creator Stan Lee and legendary producer Robert Evans?
Plenty! Stan was always generous with his time, and always fun to talk to – even during script notes when he had a very specific idea on how things should play through. When I wrote my YA superhero books (Hero.com and Villain.net) he gave me a huge full-page set of quotes, but we could only use one for the cover.
What always makes me chuckle is my brother, Stan and I were posing for a photo with a life-sized Spiderman statue in his POW! Office. My brother re-positioned it, and the arm came off (it was detachable!) – Stan gave a total look of comic horror.
Robert’s office on the Paramount low was our base camp for the project, so we had the back office there. The front is in an enclosed courtyard, so the Paramount tour trolley can’t access it, and passes around the back. So we decided to stand a full-sized Kid Notorious cut out in our office window. Thereafter the trolley always stopped so the guide could relay some excellent Robert Evans tales….
12. Who is your favorite superhero?
Old school Daredevil just beat Spiderman when I was a kid. However, now, it has to be Spidey.
13. Could you describe the movie Crowhurst in three words?
Insane true story.
14. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
It’s been a good month! My new children’s book was up for an award (which I lost!); it’s now part of a huge reading campaign from Booktrust (https://www.booktrust.org.uk), which will roll out across the UK in September. I was asked to do an interview about my part in The Philadelphia Experiment for the original movie’s blu-ray re-release. And I may…. may… be directing a movie later this year. Let’s see….
15. Last question, what book did you read because everyone was reading it?
I hate doing that, so always try to avoid the books causing the most chatter. The last time I did so was the Harry Potter series. I jumped aboard around book 3. I’m quite happy with a Clive Cussler book on the beach, or re-reading some Michael Crichton….
I really like to thank Mr. Andy Briggs for taking his time to do this interview. Make sure you check out Supervized since it's available today! July 19th. If you want to know more about Mr. Andy Briggs and his future endeavors, you can visit his website: http://www.andybriggs.co.uk/ Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.
Mr. LaKeith Stanfield will executive-produce the film adaptation of an Nigerian-american author Kwame Onwuachi's memoir titled Notes from a young black chef. Although a director hasn't been hired yet for the project, Mr. Randy Mckinnon will write the screenplay. Mr. Colin Stark will serve as an executive producer as well.
The memoir was written by both Mr. Kwame Owuachi and Joshua David Stein. The story is about Kwame's life journey from the Bronx to opening his own restaurant at the rightful age of twenty-six.
Mr. Kwane Onwuachi is known for appearing in Bravo's Top Chef and he won the 2019 James Beard award for Rising Chef of the Year.
I hope you check out Ms. Soledad O'brien's interview with Kwane Onwuachi on Youtube:
Source Material: deadline.com
Mr. Chris Van Allsburg, the author of Jumanj, is getting his story adapted yet again. This time it is The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Disney/Fox is taking on the project and has already chosen a screenwriter, Mr. Rafe Judkins. Mr. Ted Field will produce the project along with Mr. Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy.
Wikipedia's premise of The Mysterious of Harris Burdick:
An encounter between a children's book editor named Peter Wenders and an author and illustrator named Harris Burdick, who says he has 14 stories that he has written; he has brought one picture from each story with a caption. He leaves with a promise to deliver the complete manuscripts if the editor chooses to buy the books. The next day, Burdick did not show up. Burdick never returned to Wenders office. Over the years, Wenders tried to find out who Harris Burdick was, but he never found out. Burdick was never seen again, and the samples are all that remain of his supposed books. Readers are challenged to imagine their own stories based on the images for the books. In 1984, Chris Van Allsburg visited Wenders' office, and Wenders showed him Burdick's drawings. Van Allsburg decided that if he were to publish the drawings, they might find out who Harris Burdick was.
Both Wenders and Van Allsburg were sure that someone would come forward with information about Burdick. Then, in 1993, a dealer in antique books told them that he had purchased an entire library that had previously belonged to a recently deceased woman, including an antique mirror with portraits of characters from Through the Looking-Glass. The mirror fell from the wall and cracked open. Neatly concealed between the wooden frame and the mirror was an image similar to Burdick's other works; its caption identified it as being from the Burdick story "Missing in Venice".
As stated on the Burdick website, Peter Wenders died in 2000 at the age of 91
Source material: Deadline.com
Millie Bobby Brown will take the lead role, Enola, in the film adaptation to Enola Holmes. The movie is based on Enola Holmes Mysteries book series which were written by Ms. Nancy Springer. The first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess, was published in 2006.
Mr. Harry Bradbeer is directing the project while Mr. Jack Thorne will write the screenplay. Legendary is producing the feature along with PCMA productions shingle. Ali Mendes and Alex Garcia will manage the project.
As for the casts, Ms. Helena Bonham Carter will play Enola's mother, while Mr. Henry Cavill will play Sherlock Holmes.
Source material: www.hollywoodreporter.com
Disney + has decided to adapt Ms. Kate DiCamillo’s novel Flora and Ulysses. The project will be directed by Ms. Lena Khan while Mr. Brad Copeland will write the screenplay. The novel won the Newbery Medal for children’s literature and has been published in numerous languages.
Ms. Alyson Hannigan will play Flora’s mother Phyliss while Mr. Ben Schwartz will play Flora’s dad. Producing the project is Gil Netter along with Allison Erlikhman and Sam Dickerman.
Source material: deadline.com
Ms. Lulu Wang, director and writer of The Farewell, will be seeking her sights on adapting Children of the New World. The short story collection was written by Mr. Alexander Weinstein. Producing the feature will be Ms. Dani Melia and Peter Saraf under Big Beach. Mr. Brent Stiefel will be the executive producer.
Mr. Justin Lothrop, also a producer of this new project, states:
“Lulu and I have been friends for years now and we’re very excited to be collaborating with her on such an incredible project. When we started on this journey with her, I don’t think we could have imagined a better partner than Big Beach, and we couldn’t be more pleased about working with them on this.”
Novelpro will keep you posted when more news on the adaptation of Children of the New World comes by.
source material: Deadline.com
Netflix has decided to adapt Ms. Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel Good Morning, Midnight. So far, two-time Oscar winner George Clooney will star and direct the movie. Mark L. Smith (The Revenat) will write the script. While rumors are stating that Ms. Felicity Jones will appear as well,but her role is yet to be known.
Smokehouse Pictures(owned by Grant Heslove and George Clooney) are producing the film along with Syndicate Entertainment and Anonymous Content. Filming starts on October 2019.
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