Adam Reed

by: Adam Reed
November 24th, 2009


Good scripts are not always essential to a successful film, assuming, like Hollywood, you measure success by box-office dollars. I wouldn't exactly say that the recent TRANSFORMERS sequel had a strong story-line, but I guess it made up for it in the visuals. But, aside from those types of blockbusters, scripts play an important role in making a good movie. This is why I am very pleased to bring you some news on three big project's screenplays.

Warner Bros. hired J. Michael Straczynski to pen the sci-fi remake script for FORBIDDEN PLANET. He has had a lot of weight on his shoulders, for the original was wildly popular, and even helped to inspire the greatest sci-fi franchise of all-time, STAR TREK. Well, it looks like the writer has decided to respect the past and stay true to the original material, though he is also going to explore some back-story events that took place before the original. He promises a lot more action than the original (everything is faster and harder hitting today), but “it’s still a strong character piece, because it’s based on "The Tempest" and the idea of a father whose daughter is being courted by, in the original play, sailors that are washed up on shore.”

As for THE GOON, the script is finally completed, and currently being polished. Also, the very talented producer/director David Fincher is still attached to the project according to the comic book's creator, Eric Powell. “David’s going to be heavily involved. I’ve worked with him and Blur (Animation studios) quite a bit to get the screenplay together, and it’s been a great experience so far.” I am excited to see the ball get rolling further on this project, for there has been some healthy buzz surrounding it ever since Comic-Con. Now that the script is done, casting and other goodies shouldn't be too far behind.

Now for the project we have all been on the edge of our seats about, THE HOBBIT. I don't have too much information to update you all on, but at this point, any update is a monumental step. The first draft of the LOTR prequel script (worked on by Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens) is finished, and according to Jackson, the studio folk seem to be happy with it. With that long list of talent working on the story, you better be able to come up with some script gold. Anyways, like THE GOON, now that the first draft oof the script is completed, we just might not be too far off from more fun news.

Source: Slash Film

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