Negotiations are currently going on in regard to Ms. Amanda Seyfried taking the lead in All Things Heard & Seen. Directing the project are Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor). They will also adapt the screenplay. Peter Cron, Stefanie Azpiazu, and Anthony Bregman are producing it along with Ms. Julie Cohen. Hudson Valley, New York is where the production would take place. It starts in October 2019.
Here is the goodread's synopsis of All Things Cease to Appear (renamed All Things Heard & Seen for the film adaptation):
Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife murdered and their three-year-old daughter alone--for how many hours?--in her room down the hall. He had recently, begrudgingly, taken a position at the private college nearby teaching art history, and moved his family into this tight-knit, impoverished town. And he is the immediate suspect--the question of his guilt echoing in a story shot through with secrets both personal and professional. While his parents rescue him from suspicion, a persistent cop is stymied at every turn in proving Clare a heartless murderer. The pall of death is ongoing, and relentless; behind one crime are others, and more than twenty years will pass before a hard kind of justice is finally served. At once a classic "who-dun-it" that morphs into a "why-and-how-dun-it," this is also a rich and complex portrait of a psychopath and a marriage, and an astute study of the various taints that can scar very different families, and even an entire community.
Mr. David Oyelowo will join the cast that consist of Mr. Kyle Chandler and Ms. Felicity Jones. Mr. George Clooney will star, direct and produce the Netflix project. Mr. Mark L. Smith will adapt the screenplay. The film production will begin in October.
Oyelowo's upcoming films are Come Away, a fantasy movie with Angelina Jolie and a Peter Rabbit sequel.
David Oyelowo also produces and stars in a science-fiction film titled Don't Let Go that comes out on Aug. 30, 2019 which is nine days from now to be exact. I'll also post a blog interview with the director and screenwriter of Don't Let Go, Mr. Jacob Aaron Estes, on that day as well. I hope you check that interview out on Aug. 30th and definitely watch the film as well.
Source Material: hollywoodreporter.com
Mr. Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, Dr. Sleep) continues his Netflix anthology series. The first being The Haunting of Hill House loosely based on author Ms. Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House. The next chapter will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor which will probably be loosely based on Mr. Henry James novella titled The Turn of the Screw. In his own words, Mike Flanagan says:
‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ Will Be ‘Much Scarier’ Than ‘Hill House.’
The Haunting of Hill House was quite the hit and scared a lot of people to make them become fans of his. Obviously we cannot wait to see what Mr. Mike Flanagan has in store for us.
In an interview he told BirthMoviesDeath.com:
“We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about Season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”
Here is Goodread's synopsis of The Turn of the Screw:
A very young woman's first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate...An estate haunted by a beckoning evil.
Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows- silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls...
But worse-much worse- the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil.
For they want the walking dead as badly as the dead want them.
Source Material: TheWrap.com
Mr. Shawn Levy/ Dan Cohen(21 Laps) along with Mr. James Wan/ Michael Clear( Atomic Monster) are producing the film adaptation of Ms. Stephanie Perkins's horror novel There's Someone Inside Your House.
Wikipedia's synopsis of There's someone inside your house:
Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life in the small town of Osborne, one year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in rural Nebraska. Though, she befriends a few friends and even flirts with a romantic interest at Osborne High, she is still haunted by the secrets of her past life. Sometime later, the students at her school die in a series of gruesome murders. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets of the past will finally be revealed.
Mr. Patrick Brice ( Creep, The Overnight) will direct the feature. Mr. Henry Gayden(Shazam!) will write the screenplay, while Mr. Judson Scott and Brendan Ferguson will be executive producers.
Sydney Park ( Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) gets the lead role. Meanwhile here are the individuals on the call sheet: Theodore Pellerin, Dale Whiblery, Jesse LaTourette, Asjha Cooper, Burkely Duffield, and Diego Josef.
As of yet Netflix hasn't announced when production will start.
Source Material: hollywoodreporter.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.
Happy 4th of July everybody. I hope you're enjoying this day with your loved ones. Here is an interview from the mind of Mr. Richard Shepard. He has worked on such movies like The Matador, The Hunting Party, I knew it was you, and Dom Hemingway. He also worked on television shows such as Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Girls, The Twilight Zone,and Sweetbitter. So, read his experience with his latest film The Perfection.
1. What is your favorite Brian De Palma movie? And have you met him in person?
Well, I’m a big fan of Brian De Palma and he was definitely an influence on The Perfection. My favorite Brian De Palma movie is called Dressed to Kill from 1980. It’s a deeply, stylish, incredibly weird, dark movie. I think it’s his best movie.
2. Have you met him in person?
I haven’t though I’m a big fan. Have you?
Me (Interviewee): No, I haven’t.
Mr. Richard Shepard: What’s your favorite De Palma's movie?
Me: Um… I have to say, probably, Carrie.
Mr. Richard Shepard: Have you seen Dressed to Kill?
Me: I’ve seen it on YouTube, clips of it, but I haven’t seen the whole movie.
Mr. Richard Shepard: You should really watch it. It’s pretty cool. It’s a pretty crazy movie.
Me: Awesome. I’ll definitely check it out.
3. Was The Perfection the original title or were there other titles?
That’s a good question. We didn’t have a title for a while when we were writing it. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a title, but as we were writing it, we used this piece of dialogue in the film when he was talking about The Perfection and then we were like, that would be a good name for the movie. So, we named it The Perfection and then we worked it in the script even more so that it was all sort of tied together. Titles are strange. You never quite sure about the right title until it happens and then you’re like, oh yeah it could be called nothing else but this.
4. If you had to describe The Perfection using three words, it would be…
Um… totally, crazy, bonkers
5. What drew you to direct The Perfection?
Well, I co-wrote the movie. I’m a director and a writer. For me, as I was writing the film I started falling more and more with the possibilities of what we could do with this film. So, by the time the script was done, I was like, oh I have really, really have to make this film. Of course wanting to make a film and getting the movie made are two separate things, because it’s so hard to get a movie made, but I’m very thankful that we were able to put it all together. So, because I wrote it the whole time, I was expected to direct it.
6. What is your writing schedule in general?
When I write a script on my own I try to write five pages a day. It’s not easy. When you’re writing a script with two other people, like I did on The Perfection, with Eric Charemelo and Nicole Snyder, we spend a lot of time breaking the story and figuring out all the twist and turn of the story. Then we wrote the script very, very quickly. We sort of divided it and wrote it. When I do it on my own, it’s five pages a day because I feel like it’s a doable amount, but yet when you put your head down and view it you can have a first draft in a month. It may not be very good but you, at least, have something to work with.
7. Are you a morning writer or night?
I write anything, anyplace, anywhere. I can write in a crazy, crowded coffee shop or absolutely quiet room. I can write in the morning, I can write in the night. Sometimes I’m inspired late at night, sometime I’m inspired in the morning. When I’m trying to do five pages a day I’m motivated to try and get it done as quickly as possible. So I tend to do it in the morning so that I can have the rest of the day free to go to the movies or whatever. In general, I’m a morning writer.
8. What is your favorite line from The Perfection?
That’s a toughie. As a filmmaker I love every single moment of my movies, so it’s hard to pick one in particular. So, it’s just very hard for me to just pick one line of dialogue. This movie is just so filled with twists and turns. It’s like there’s five movies in one movie in a way so it’s hard for me just to pick just one.
9. What has been the best compliment you heard about The Perfection?
The Perfection has been very polarizing. Some people really loved it and some people really hate it. What I’m most proud about is that there are not many people in the middle. I’m very happy with all the nice reviews the movie has gotten and some of the reviews have not been so nice. In general, people seem to have a strong opinion about this film and I think that movies that cause a strong opinion are the ones that actually are the most interesting so that was what I think is the best compliment I’ve gotten.
10. Could you give an interesting fun fact about working with Allison Williams and Logan Browning?
I asked both of them to learn how to play the cello to do the movie. They both play cellist in the film and I really thought it would be interesting if they play the cello for the movie so that they have a understanding of what it was like to be a professional musician and the amount of work it would take and also they would understand the sort of painful art thing that goes into learning an instrument from your fingers bleeding to your back hurting. So, both actors set out to learn the songs in the movie and they trained several days a week for months until we shot the film. That’s why their scenes where they were playing the cello in the movie were so authentic-looking. We didn’t use hand double or special effect; it’s really the actors playing the instrument.
11. What was your reaction when you first watched the trailer?
Well, I’ve seen the trailer, obviously, because I am the director. Netflix showed me various cuts of the trailers until we found the version that we liked and there was a big question of how many spoilers we would show on the trailer. I have them remove a few shots that I thought would give away too much. We still gave away a little in the trailer, but we have to do that in order to get people interested in the movie. I’ve seen a lot of people on the internet that they don’t watch the trailer and just go in blind. I think you can watch the trailer and still completely enjoy the movie. I’m very proud of it. It’s a very cool trailer for the film.
12. What TV show have you binge-watched lately?
I love Escape at Dannemora which is a ShowTime show that Ben Stiller directed. It’s a true life story about a prison escape that Benicio del Toro was in and Patricia Arquette. I thought it was fantastic.
13. What advice do you wish someone had given you when you were younger about the industry?
This is a tough question. It’s one of those decisions where you really have to be able to endure the ups and downs of it, because you can have real big highs and then real big lows. You have to manage that. You have to understand that there’s going to be times where you may not make any money and work for a period of time and it could get very depressing. Then there are moments when you’re busy all the time and it’s amazing. You have to understand it’s a real marathon and not a sprint. I’ve been basically lucky enough to be working in the business for close to thirty years now. I have my ups and downs without a doubt, but, you know, If I’ve known then that I would’ve survived those down moments it would’ve help get me through them certainly. It’s all about doing the work. I’m a writer as well as a director. And being a writer, I’ve been able to write when no one else would hire me. I could write and that was a big thing that helped me get through the period of time when I wasn’t getting employed. It’s a marathon and you can get through the dark period.
14. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter or producer, how would one get you to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
It’s very hard to get stuff send to the directors because, in general, we tend to not want to read something that was just send to us in the mail. You never know who might sue you later on. I know that sounds crazy, but if you wrote a book about a kidnapping and then I made a movie ten years from now that has a kidnapping in it. There is a rule where you say, “Yeah, I send you this book and you read it and there are similarity in your movie.” So, in general, it’s very tough to kind of send unsolicited material to directors. Now that said, we are always on the hunt for stuff. So, it’s a double-edged sword in a way. I think it’s always helpful to try and get an agent for your writing so that there’s a buffer between you and the artist you are trying to send it to, because if an agent sends the material to a director then he’s, at least, sort-of protected from a lawsuit. The fact is if a person is a writer and there are writing short stories or books if they keep writing them at a certain point, they would attract attention, because Hollywood is always looking for new stories. It’s sometimes hard to break in, but I always recommend to just keep writing, and at certain point, Hollywood will find you.
15. The movie that you wrote and directed, The Matador, got Mr. Pierce Brosnan nominated for the Golden Globe Award, could you express your experience working with him?
That was amazing experience. He (Pierce Brosnan) had just finished playing James Bond and The Matador was certainly a movie that sort-of rip from the idea of that. He was perfect for him to play that role. It was comedy and it was different from him than stuff he was doing. He was excited to do it. I only had pleasurable memories of doing that film. And, actually, he wrote me after seeing The Perfection to tell me how much he liked it and that was a real thrill. He is still one of my favorite people I’ve worked with.
16. In the memorable scene from The Matador when Pierce Brosnan was walking in his underwear in the hotel, was that in the first draft of your screenplay or after revising it?
There was a version of it, originally, and then I cut it out. Then, when we were at that hotel I said to Pierce, “You remember when we had an idea that he is drunk in the morning. What about the idea that he was walking in the lobby in his underwear?” And he was like, okay I like that idea, but I’ll only give you one take. So, we did it in one shot, and in fact, some of the people in the background were real guests of the hotel. No one knew it was going to happen. He took off all his clothes and just did it in one take. It was really fun to do. It was obviously one of the funniest moments in the movie. You know, that was certainly the situation where—at that point of the process—he trusted me and was willing to do it. It became an iconic shot without a doubt.
17. What was your overall experience directing The Wunderkind episode of The Twilight Zone?
I’m really a fan of The Twilight Zone. It’s one of my favorite TV Shows and I was excited to be able to direct an episode of the new version of it. The finished product is not necessary the episode that I wished it was, but you know, sometimes that happens, because the producers end up re-cutting and turning it into the episode that they want. So, for me, it was not the greatest experience, but I’m still glad that I got to do it.
18. Last question, if you could meet Park Chan-Wook, what would you ask him?
I would be out-of-my-mind excited to be able to meet him, because he is one of my favorite filmmaker of all time. I think I would always be nice to just hear stories as oppose to asking a specific question. So, I would just like to hear him tell me how he came about writing Oldboy and what his experience making that movie was like. Every director goes his or her own challenges making a movie that it’s almost impossible to understand or impossible to ask specific questions. I tend to like to hear directors tell stories about the making of the movie especially something as ambitious as Oldboy. I’m sure he got a lot of interesting stories.
I really like to take this time to thank Mr. Richard Shepard for having the phone interview with me. . I hope everyone is having a fantastic fourth of July and to my international readers I hope you have an amazing day. Thanks for stopping by here and I hope to do so again.
What does Legally Blonde, She’s The Man, and 10 Things I Hate about You have in common? Those iconic flicks were co-written by yours truly, Ms. Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith. Furthermore, she also worked on such movies as Ella Enchanted, The House Bunny, and The Ugly Truth. Not only is she a gifted screenwriter, she is also a novelist and poet. The Geography of Girlhood is her first novel while her poems were featured in Rush Hour: Reckless, Gettysburg Review, and Shenandoah. Trinkets is her latest YA novel and it’s now a Netflix series. So, chill down and to get to know Ms. Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith before you check out Trinkets; the novel and series.
1. What is the genesis of Trinkets?
It began as a film idea inspired by a bit of real life shenanigans.
2. What research did you do when writing Trinkets?
Yearned to find a Shoplifter’s Anonymous program, but when I couldn’t, I realized there was a concept here that hadn’t yet been explored. So I went to several AA meetings for texture. Once I was done writiing the book, I gave it to a friend who’d lived her whole life in Portland to make sure I got the details right, since I’d only lived there as a kid.
3. What was your writing schedule when you wrote the Trinkets novel?
It was loose. Too loose. I ended up being years late for the book, because I had a lot of screenwriting projects going on at the same time. So I finally just had to buckle down and crank it out on a drop-dead deadline. I had a writer’s assistant who helped kept me honest, and she’d come over and we’d write together. I really needed to be nursed through it, even though it’s such a short book, embarrassingly enough.
4. Do you like to map out your fiction plots ahead of time, or just let it flow?
I have to have a road map. A beat sheet.
5. Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get back on track?
My hurdle is more procrastination than actual block. Gotta just write through it, dare to suck, and something good will come.
6. Silly-Game question: From the novel Trinkets 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?
“I point the camera at Tabitha who smiles like a beautiful girl on autopilot.” - it’s from Elodie’s POV, p.139
7. Which of the three characters (Moe, Tabitha, and Elodie) did you have difficulty writing and why?
Tabitha went through quite a few drafts I remember through the editing process to make her more of a mean girl, give her more snark. I felt so much compassion for her that iniitally, she and Elodie’s melancholy read as a bit too similar.
8. Which one is more challenging for you: writing the novel or writing the screenplay to Trinkets?
I would say the novel was more challenging because it’s a less familiar form and it took me so damn long! On the teleplay, I collaborated with two writers, who wrote the pilot, so I gave them notes and honed it with them, which was far more fun.
9. Could you express your experience co-writing the screenplay of the self-published novel Legally Blonde?
Joyful and festive. A lot of debates and a lot of laughter.
10. List three adjectives to describe your writing partner Ms. Karen McCullah?
Strong, confident and funny.
11. Have you seen Legally Blonde: The Musical? If so, what are your thoughts on it?
We were flown there for opening night on Broadway and it was so surreal and fun to see it - it was link a pink roller coaster ride. They had pink curtains, pink carpet. I remember the dance choreography being really spectacular. And of course it was a thrill to see musical numbers built around our lines of dialogue and things that we’d invented, like the Bend & Snap, etc.
12. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter, how would one get you or any expert to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
Come up with a great long line and pin it on Twitter. Maybe reach out and connect with the person on Twitter.
13. Which filmmakers/screenwriters do you admire?
I admire Mike Nichols. Elaine May. Jane Campion. Colin Higginis who wrote Harold & Maude, Foul Play and 9 to 5. I always wanted to know more about him.
14. What is your favorite line from one of your screenplays?
Either the poem from 10 Things I Hate About You or “the eyes are the nipples of the face” from The House Bunny.
15. What was the last book you gave to someone as a gift?
Sarah Ramos gave me a book called PAPERBACK CRUSH. And I met Terest Marie Mailhot recently and she gave me a copy of her book HEART BERRIES, which is stunning.
Also, the publishers just sent us copies of our graphic novel SMOOTH CRIMINALS volume 1, which is coming out on July 9. it’s a female buddy heist/time travel story about a hacker in 1999 who discovers a cryogenically frozen cat burglar from 1969.
16. Do you recall the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing on the boat where I grew up, small stories, and I remember writing a story in 4th grade that was really well received.I think it was a spooky story oddly?
17. Could you give us a sneak peek about your next project?
I’m working Party Girls with Karen, a female ensemble about three 70something friends from Studio 54 who reconnect to continue the party.
18. Last question, what is your favorite slang?
Wow! Interesting question. I’ll have to think about that!
I truly appreciate Ms. Kristen "Kiwi" Smith for doing this interview. Luckily, the Trinkets series is now on Netflix so check that out. In addition to that, read the novel the series is based on: the ebook version is currently available while you can pre-order the paperback version right now by clicking the links. No doubt the book will make an excellent summer read. Also, get to know more about this fantastic screenwriter and author by visiting her website: https://blog.kiwilovesyou.com. Thank you all for stopping by and I hope each and everyone of you have a great day and a happy read.
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