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Writer to rescue Heroes

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Bryan Fuller - writer and producer of Heroes (Independent)

Bryan Fuller - writer and producer of Heroes (Independent)

We’ll be straight with you, The Scribbler is not a fan of the current craze of American television shows saturating our beloved Beeb and other channels.

Shows like Lost seem to ramble on endlessly purely for that fact, because an endless plot and a forever unraveling storyline means an ever engaged audience. These are commercial gravy trains would appear to be coming off the rails though.

Bryan Fuller, the former writer-producer of Heroes, has rejoined the show’s crew as a consultant. The move follows the cancellation of his Emmy-nominated show Pushing Daisies.

The superhero series has been hemorrhaging viewers since the start of the second season.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly Fuller said: “My job is to help facilitate the vision of the show, and the vision has been a little inconsistent.”

“But Fugitives (the next arc) is such a great sea change. I think people who have been critical of Heroes will come back.”

The drama’s original writer believes drastic measures are in order to attract fans back, though those measures are somewhat questionable in our book.

“People will die. And some will return. Matt’s wife (Janice) comes back. We’ll find out what happens when you have a superbaby.”

A superbaby? Don’t tell me Fuller didn’t hear the sighs of disappointment from cinema audiences when Clark Kent’s alter-ego found out he had a son in Superman Returns.

As for why Heroes found itself out of favour with fans, Fuller has his own theories: “It became too dense and fell into certain sci-fi trappings.

“For instance, in the Villains arc, when you talk about formulas and catalysts, it takes the face off the drama.

“You have to save something with a face, otherwise you don’t understand what you’re caring about. We’re also altering the structure so that there’s a very clear A story.”

So basically Heroes is in line for a spot of dumbing down then?

“But it is a big ship, it’s going to take a little while to turn it.”

Part of the reason The Scribbler isn’t a fan of shows like Lost and Heroes is their lazy use of the English language. Scriptwriting 101: Use as few words as possible to say as much as possible, this is how people really talk. People don’t describe every single thing they are doing, even if there have got a few subplots going on elsewhere. The below clip from the incredible police drama The Wire proves our point exactly.

Discussion:
What are your favourite examples of screenplay writing? Are you a fan of any the American television-cum-Hollywood shows and why? Are you penning your own ‘high production value’ television drama? Care to share?

Words: Dean Samways

I Am Legend writer to pen for Smith and Spielberg

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Mark Protosevich - Hollywoods latest hot scriptwriter

Mark Protosevich - Hollywood's latest hot scriptwriter

The writer of last year’s top zombie flick I Am Legend, Mark Protosevich, is in talks to pen the Hollywood remake of Oldboy, the ultra-violent Korean drama.

Big guns Will Smith and Steven Spielberg are behind the reworking of the Chan-Wook Park‘s incredibly brutal original story.

It follows the 15 year imprisonment of a man who is held for no apparent reason. A vengeful blood fuelled mission ensues once he is freed of his shackles as he hunts the individual who incarcerated him.

Oldboy is ranked 116th in IMDB’s Top 250 is the second film in Park’s The Vengeance Trilogy, a series that includes Sympathy For Mr Vengeance and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.

It is reported that Will Smith pushed for Spielberg to meet with Protosevich because of his admiration for the writer’s I Am Legend script.

Protosevich also wrote the screenplay for Marvel’s upcoming Thor, which is, rather amazingly, going to be directed by English Shakespearian theatre-type Kenneth Brannagh.

Have a look at the beautiful I Am Legend and bloodcurdling Oldboy below:

Discussion:
Is anyone a fan of the I Am Legend script?  In places it portrays desperation in a manner not seen very often before. For example, what did you think of the ‘Fred? Is that you?’ and DVD rental mannequin dialogue?

Words: Dean Samways

Spider-Man 4 to be penned by Pulitzer Prize winner

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Spider Man as we know him from the current series of films

Spider Man as we know him from the current series of films

Reports are flying around Hollywood this morning that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been snared by our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama Rabbit Hole is believed to be in final talks with Columbia to write Spider-Man 4.

Sam Raimi is set to return to the franchise as director with Tobey Maguire pulling on the red and blue lycra again as Spidey. Kirsten Dunst is also expected to re-enact her role as the long suffering love interest after playing her part in the movie adaptation of Toby Young’s How To Lose Friends & Alienate People.

As much as The Scribbler would like to reveal more about the fourth instalment of Marvel’s web slinging success story in Hollywood plot details are being kept under lock and key.

Writers of the previous Spider-Man movies have all come from very unexpected but illustrious areas. Veteran wordsmith Alvin Sargent, famed for 1973’s Paper Moon and 1980’s Ordinary People, wrote storylines for the second and third films while Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer prized writer, also worked on Spider-Man 2.

Previous to this news breaking James Vanderbilt had submitted a draft of Spider-Man 4. Vanderbilt previously wrote the screenplay for 2007’s Zodiac; originally a book by crime writer Robert Graysmith, documenting the Zodiac killings which occurred around San Francisco in the 70s.

Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole won four Tonys (American theatre’s highest honours), including best play, after it opened on Broadway in 2006 starring Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly. The writer is also known for the play Fuddy Meers.

Speaking in interviews Lindsay-Abaire has his plays tend to be ‘peopled with outsiders in search of clarity,’ which, as most of us know is the underlying struggle fought by Peter Parker in all three of the previous Spider-Man films.

If Columbia run with Lindsay-Abaire it would show strong intention to focus on character, an area critics have long claimed was lost in Spidey’s third outing.

At the moment Lindsay-Abaire is writing the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical adaptation of Shrek but Spider-Man 4 won’t be his first dabble in the murky world of Tinseltown. His adaptation of Inkheart is due out January and he is also reworking Rabbit for the big screen, 20th Century Fox and Nicole Kidman.

At the time of going to press Columbia had no comment although when they do believe us when we say The Scribbler will be the first on it.

Watch Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, talk about his hopes for the fourth film below:

Words: Dean Samways

The Scribbler Blog – Post one of many…

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The Scribbler

Welcome to the newest, freshest blog for exciting, contemporary writers

Hello enthusiastic writer and welcome to the first post of the new Scribbler Blog.

This weblog is designed as a precursor for the eventual release of The Scribbler magazine and official website.

In the long term The Scribbler will be a monthly magazine concerned with new and exciting literature from contemporary authors, poets, screen/playwrights and journalists.  With the purest of intentions, the magazine will inspire and advise amateur writers in penning their first masterpiece.

This blog, and later the magazine, will include tips and guidance from established authors and industry representatives on how to get published.  On top of this all the news, reviews, features and interviews on exciting industry developments will also be featured.

What’s it all about?

Here’s the profound bit.  The mission of The Scribbler to showcase and nurture exciting new contemporary writers, novelists, poets, journalists and screenwriters alike.  The objective of the publication is to inspire and engage amateur writers by providing features and interviews with their favourite writers as well as tips and guides on succeeding in the publishing industry.

The idea behind The Scribbler was first born while I was at university studying journalism.  My project partner, Seamus Swords, and myself, wanted to inject some life into the stagnate literary sector of the magazine industry.  We felt the perfect remedy for this would be to interview, report and analyse some of the most exciting, controversial and contemporary writers around.

So please enter:

Bangs, Bukowski, Burroughs, Cave, Cohen, Coupland, Ellis, Fiske, Greene, Kerouac, Murakami, Palahniuk, Salinger, Self, Thompson, Welsh, Young

…and many, many more.

For a little taster of what multimedia treats The Scribbler Blog has in store, cast your eyes below:

Post by: Dean Samways

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