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.
The author of The Chain, Mr. Adrian Mckinty, will be getting a seven-figure pay for the movie rights of his acclaimed novel. The movie will be produced by Mr. Shane Salerno (The Story Factory). Mr. Alex Jackson, Paramount executive, will watch over the project. A director or/and screenwriter has yet to be announced.
The story of how the book itself got published was quite remarkable. Mr. Adrian Mckinty has been writing for over two decades, but didn't make enough to support his wife and two children. In order to do so, he did odd jobs which included being a uber driver. Before long, he got evicted. With great disappointment, he wrote a letter to his favorite author, Mr. Don Winslow. In the letter he expressed to Don Winslow that he regretfully wouldn't be able to be a writer. Don Winslow, in response, told Adrian not to give up. He then told him about Mr. Salerno, who is a marketing expert that helped Don Winslow himself become a bestselling author with TV and movie deals. He has also worked with Don Winslow in the adaptation of his works. At first Adrian didn't agree to be helped as he didn't respond back. Don Winslow, however, didn't give up as he discovered Adrian's situatuion and convinced him once again to give writing another chance. That chance Adrian took in writing another novel would be The Chain. Now, the book is popular in Frankfurt and has been sold in thirty-five countries. Authors from Dennis Lehand and Stephen King have given rave reviews. Here's a quote by Adrian Mckinty after being fortunate for the success of The Chain:
"My story is a story of never giving up. It's a story about writers helping fellow writers. I hope it inspires other writers who may be thinking about quitting, to never give up. I never imagined any of this could happen, but I hoped it would. I had hope. I am so grateful and I hope my story inspires others."
UPDATE: I did a wonderful blog interview with the author,Mr. Adrian Mckinty, and will post it here on this blog sometime in the future. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit this blog again.
Source Material: deadline.com
GET HOME SAFE
Story line from IMDb: In this new psychological horror-thriller from director Tate Taylor and Blumhouse, a lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, and Allison Janney
Mr. Scotty Landes is an incredible screenwriter that worked on such projects as Workaholics, Who is America, and Adam Devine's House Party. Now, he is here to tell us about his latest one titled MA. So, please relax and take this time to know all about him and his writing process of MA.
1. First off, what’s your favorite horror movie growing up?
Thanks for asking. My favorite horror movie was "Jaws" for so many reasons. The most important reason: It scared the shit out of me. I also liked The Thing and Gremlins a lot. I still do.
2. What is the genesis of MA?
Ma is the combination of a few nights that I experienced in high school. Anytime a group of teenagers is hanging out regularly with an adult, there is something wrong with the situation and I wanted to write a movie about the dread I felt watching my friends partying along with people who should have their own, adult friends. Ma is the focused version of a larger problem that a lot of people can probably (hopefully) relate to.
3. How did you come up with the title MA?
I knew the title before I started writing the movie. "Ma" is slang, at least it was when I wrote the first draft, and it taps into the idea of an older woman who pretends to care about a group of teenagers. I loved it right away. Even in my first notes, the title was already in place. There was briefly a discussion of changing the title but Octavia said, "I love it. That's what all the kids call me online!" So, the title stayed.
4. What is your writing habit in general? Do you write in the daytime or at night?
I start with a logline and a title. I expand that into a few pages of paragraphs that simply explain what I think the story of the movie will be. I usually discover some cool things while just writing the basics, the character names, the big twists. Then I outline. Once I start writing a feature, I usually write from about 8:30 to 11:00 every morning. I don't have a set routine, for example, I wrote Ma in my house at my desk. The next two features I wrote were at a weird cafe in La Crescenta that is always empty. I write two scenes every day and then stop and email it to myself as a back-up. If I have a deadline that is shorter than I'd like, I'll write three scenes a day. It might not seem like a lot, but if you do that seven days a week without missing a day, you can get a lot of writing done, and fast.
5. What is your favorite line from MA?
Chaz, Haley, and Darell all have some funny lines, but I wanted Ma to be a mean movie, so probably one of Octavia's lines about how hard it is to always be on the outside, "Because the view from the inside is glorious." It's just so weird to watch that character double-down on her inappropriate behavior when cornered by another adult.
6. An authentic villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain to write a character like Ma?
Anyone who has ever been picked last in gym, not invited to a party, not asked to prom, will understand Sue Ann. The hurt and shame and embarrassment we go through as young people leaves a lasting impact. Sue Ann is an outsider and a loser. She has been her whole life. Everyone has a breaking point. Sue Ann simply reaches her's and it's a lot worse than anyone could expect.
7. Have been a comedian, in any way, help you as a screenwriter?
I only did stand-up in college. I've always written with comics and tried to support as many as I could while starting out as an aspiring writer in NYC. I'm sure watching hundreds of nights of stand-up in my early 20's benefited me in so many ways. I think watching people like Kristen Schaal work her stand-up material every night and then go onto TV and film success let me know that hard work can pay off, especially if you have a true point-of-view.
8. What do you wish you had known when you were starting your screenwriting career?
I wish I had known that the internet would change the way audiences think and the types of movies they want to watch (and where they want to watch them). If I had known that Netflix would be more than a DVD delivery company, I would have written smaller, smarter scripts instead of the big, stupid, broad comedies that I liked as a kid.
9. What are your thoughts on Ms. Octavia Spencer playing Sue Ann “Ma”? Did you ever meet her on set?
Octavia is the greatest casting I could have ever imagined. When Blumhouse first mentioned that she wanted to play Sue Ann, I played it cool but I knew that would be a huge addition. I did meet her on set but I tend to leave actors alone. They are doing their thing and I don't need to insert myself into their world. Having someone like Octavia, who has so many gears as an actor, play an emotionally complex character like Sue Ann is a perfect match. No one would have played this role better. Not even Gilbert Godfrey.
10. Could you also express your feelings about Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, and/or Allison Janney playing characters that you wrote?
My feelings are simply shock and gratitude. The cast of this movie, including the young actors that play the main friend group, were all excellent. I was shocked when the cast was announced and incredibly thankful that they wanted to be a part of the movie. Also, Luke Evans gives a truly terrifying performance that completely elevated the part. I watched an early cut and thought, "Oh fuck yeah!"
11. Were you ever on set for the making of MA? If so, could you tell me what scene you were present at?
I was but I was working on other projects so I was only there for 3 days. Thankfully, it was during one of the party scenes and I was able to watch Octavia and the teenagers dancing and laughing.... and then not dancing and not laughing. It was great.
12. List five adjectives to describe yourself.
I hate doing this but I appreciate your interest so: Social, supportive, considerate, organized, fun-to-party-with.
13. What do you like best about yourself?
I like who my friends are and how we all treat each other.
14. 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?
There are so many ways to get your story to someone. I don't know how anyone makes it using the traditional channels. I've never known agents or managers to read something sent from total strangers. I guess it happens, but all of my friends who are agents and managers or development executives (befriending these people is a good idea IF you actually LIKE them) tend to only read or meet with people recommended by their peers. I sent postcards to production companies, worked the door at dozens of shows, supported everyone I thought was special or unique, and wrote dozens of pilots and features that have not and will not ever be read. You must tirelessly pursue this dream and out-smart everyone and find ways to get your story read. Be creative without being annoying. Be confident without being an asshole. Also, be aware of what you think everyone else is writing and stay ahead of that curve. Or, be related to a famous person. That helps.
15. Which novel/novella/short story/article have you read that you would like to turn to a screenplay?
I wanted to do one called "Dark Harvest" so bad but a huge production company already had the rights. I'm currently trying to turn "Gilchrist: A Novel" into a TV series with the author Christian Galacar. He rules. I would GLADLY read any horror short stories by any of your readers, including yourself, if they are ready to share it. If you post my PO Box below, I'll read a hard copy of their manuscript or story. I love doing that!
16. As a former comedian, what is your favorite joke?
"My dog has no nose."
"How does it smell?"
17. Last question, what do you miss most about childhood?
I actually love being an adult. I'm in my 30s and I love my 30s even more than my 20s and I liked my 20s more than being a teenager. I look forward and hope to be the best version of myself and the best person I can be to my friends with every coming decade. That being said, riding bikes with my friends and playing flashlight tag in my childhood neighborhood was always fun as hell.
Thank you very much!
Likewise, thank you Mr. Landes for answering my questions. Go check out MA and see how a great horror/thriller is written.The movie's release date is on Friday, May 31. If you want to know more about the film MA, just visit the website: https://www.mamovie.com/ you can also reach him on twitter:@marylandMudflap. Thank you for visiting my blog once again.I hope everyone have a great and safe Memorial Day as we honor our fallen veterans. Take care.
How Far Would You Go To Bury A Secret?
Plot of A Dark Place from IMDb:
Alex, is a twenty-something struggling to put his life back together after past, reckless mistakes render his job search hopeless. While pressure at home mounts from his pregnant girlfriend, he runs into an old friend who changes his fortunes. Just when things are looking up, Alex discovers a secret that sends him into a self-destructive, downward spiral and brings his two best friends along with him.
A Dark Place is one intense movie and I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Christopher Pinero, the director and screenwriter of this gripping film. Mr. Pinero has also worked on such films as Once Upon a Night and Leaving. You can check out the award-winning short now: Leaving. So, get to know this wonderful director/screenwriter and read how A Dark Place came together.
1. What is the genesis of A Dark Place?
It started out as a reoccurring nightmare that I would have pretty often. Then I played the what if game, and it became a short film titled “Once Upon a Night”. Of all the short films I had done up to that point, it seemed to resonate with people the most. It took me a couple years and at least fifteen drafts to find the right way of expanding it into a larger canvas.
2. Were there other titles you came up with before A Dark Place? If so what were they?
The feature’s working title was "Dark Patch". A neurologist discovered "where evil lurks" in the brain in violent criminals and all of them had a dark patch in the central lobe. In the end I decided against it because Alex wasn't evil to me, he was just in pain.
3. What influences (if any) helped you with writing or directing A Dark Place?
My main influences were Hitchcock’s films. I went on a Hitchcock binge before we shot the movie. Mainly Rope, Psycho, and Rear Window. Also, Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite films and I watched it multiple times beforehand.
4. List three adjectives to describe the lead character Alex? Is he based on anyone you know in real life?
Desperate, Repressed, Self-Destructive
No, he’s not based on anyone in my life in particular. I would say all of the characters in this movie are a sensationalized part of me.
5. A Dark Place is a truly intense movie, was it written this way in the first draft or did the writing progress to what it is now?
Yes, the story always revolved around a death at a party. Through revisions I looked at ways to have the rest of the story, match the intensity of that. Once I got the structure down of where the story would go, I looked at individual moments and tried to see where I could take things up a notch.
6. Did you have any theme in mind for before writing the screenplay or it come to you afterward?
I don’t think about theme too much before writing. It always starts out as people in a situation and then leads to who are these people and how does the situation define them. I don’t like to over intellectualize in telling stories, I just try to be as personal as I can and I know the theme come out of that. I always pay attention to my intuition and what I would be feeling if I was in a theater watching this movie.
7. What is the name of the music that was played toward the end of the movie? And why did you choose that specific music?
The song at the end of the movie is “Lethal Dose of Daylight” by Andrew Deadman. I’m a friend of one of the members of the band and they were kind enough to let us use the song. The song has a sense of sadness that I felt wrapped up what you just experienced with these characters. The song also has a strong theme of reap what you sow, and I felt that wound up being a big part of this story. Every character in the film got what they deserved for better or worse.
8. Did you know how A Dark Place would end or did it come to you while writing the story?
The beginning of the story and the ending was something I struggled with for a long time and I couldn’t figure it out. I sent the script to a friend of mine, Ben Scharf, who wound up being a story consultant on the film and he suggested how Alex’s story should end. And it all made sense, everything clicked. As soon as that came about, then I knew exactly how it should start and how this story would end for everyone.
9. Jason Darcy (a.k.a Jay Eftimoski) and Christopher Donnellon gave such a superb performance as Alex’s close friends, what was your experience with them and how were you able to bring out the best in their performance?
Chris bartended at a restaurant I used to frequent and I thought his personality was perfect for this. I knew he could bring things to the movie that weren’t in the script. Jay on the other-hand, I cast in the original short film and was impressed with what he brought to the role so I didn’t consider anyone else. With both Chris and Jay, we met a few times prior to filming and discussed their characters. I was able to provide clarity to moments in the story and more importantly help develop their understanding of who these characters were. From there, when the camera starts rolling the best thing I could do was give them the space and freedom to perform. I set the right atmosphere to let them discover.
10. What message would you want A Dark Place say to the audience?
I wanted to convey that you never know what battle someone is fighting. Some people, like the main character Alex, keep their issues bottled up and bear the burden of them alone. Life is difficult, but it can be a little less so if we share in its hurts and pains. It sounds a little cheesy, but check in on your loved ones every once in awhile.
11. What is your writing schedule in general?
I find it easier to think at night because I feel that there's less static than during the day. I generally like to write sequences and will wait until the arc of that sequence is done before I call it a day. I'll try to get a draft done as fast as I can so I have a better look at the story and see where it lags and where it feels rushed.
12. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter, how would one get you or any experience screenwriter to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
There's a lot of avenues online and through social media where you can find contact information, whether it be filmmaker's representation or them directly. If I were to receive a novel, the first thing I would look for is the characters and how well I relate to them. I was sent a short story a few years ago that was incomplete but the character was filled with one of my biggest fears, regret. It was so palpable I had no choice but to adapt it and find a way to give the story a proper structure.
13. Which filmmakers/screenwriters do you admire growing up?
Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Eric Roth, David Fincher, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kathryn Bigelow, Stephen King
14. What piece of advice do you have for screenwriters/directors starting out?
Always look to create your own opportunities. If you're a writer, write as many novels/screenplays as you can. If you're a Director, make as many films as you can and never focus on the results. Find the love in writing or directing and the results will come. Always tell stories out of need rather than want.
15. Last question, what’s your favorite material object that you already own?
My movie collection.
Greatly appreciate Mr. Christopher Pinero for taking his time to answer those questions. A Dark Place is a unique gem that should be watch. Did I mention that it was the Official Selection of the Hoboken International Film Festival 2018 and Official Selection of the Manhattan Film Festival 2018? Furthermore, it won for Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing, winner of Best Thriller Film Award, and Accolade Global Film Competition Award Winner. I hope you keep an eye for this film as it comes out around August 2019 on VOD platforms through Gravitas Ventures.
The second chapter of Agatha Christie's mystery series has a new member in the club. Her name is Ms. Letitia Wright, who was in Black Mirror, Guava Island and of course her breakout film Black Panther. She will also make an appearance in the upcoming film Avengers: Endgame and previously was in Avengers: Infinity War. She will play a lead suspect in death on the Nile.
The novel was published in 1937 and was about detective Poirot who was on his vacation in Egypt, but soon a heiress was murdered and he jumped on the case to solve who did it. Mr. Kenneth Branagh will play detective Poirot and direct the project. Mr. Tom Batemen will appear once again as Bouc. The club of suspects already cast in the film are Ms. Gal Gadot, Mr. Armie Hammer, and Ms. Jodie Comer. The movie is scheduled to be release on October 2, 2020. That gives you plenty of time to read the novel or check out the 1978 film adaptation that starred Dame Maggie Smith, Ms. Angela Lansbury, Ms. Bette Davis, and Mr. David Niven.
source material: The Hollywood Reporter.com
The short story titled Rest Stop, written by Mr. Stephen King, will be adapted into film. Legendary Entertainment has hired Mr. Alex Ross Perry to direct the project. He is also writing the screenplay. The story is a cat and mouse thriller about two women who had a rather unfortunate encounter at a rest stop on their journey. Mr. Craig Flores is producing it (Bread & Circuses banner) along with Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes (Legendary).
The short story was published in the 2003's Esquire magazine before it was published in the 2008 collection titled Just After Sunset.
Just pleased to hear more short stories are being adapted into feature film. Short stories do make excellent films and are probably easier to translate into screenplay. I can't wait for my short stories to get the same treatment. Just hoping to God it would come to fruition.
source material: variety.com
I did a blog interview with the author of The Silence, Mr. Tim Lennon, about the novel and its film adaptation. You can check it out now: http://novelpro.weebly.com/latest-news/interview-with-mr-tim-lebbon-author-of-the-silence
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