Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler, Ta-Nehisi Coates Have “Wrong Answer”

Scorsese had De Niro. Spike had Denzel. And it seems Ryan Coogler has Michael B. Jordan.

The powerhouse filmmaker-actor duo responsible for Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the forthcoming Black Panther is teaming up yet again for Wrong Answer, based on the true story of Atlanta teachers who, in 2013, orchestrated a standardized-test cheating scheme. Oh yeah, writer extraordinaire Ta-Nehisi Coates is penning the screenplay (based on a New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv), so there’s that.

The film’s being co-produced by Brad Pitt (yes, that Brad Pitt) and Arnon Milchan, whose movies you’ve definitely seen.
Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler, Ta-Nehisi Coates Have “Wrong Answer””

Book Review: “Writing A Blockbuster (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 14)” by William C. Martell

Writing A BlockbusterWriting A Blockbuster by William C. Martell
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Screenwriting guru William C. Martell has done it again. Writing A Blockbuster is a quick, concise guide on how to, um, well, write a blockbuster. Using examples from films such as Pearl Harbor, The Mummy Returns, and Gladiator, Martell points out the components necessary to turn your idea into a spectacle-filled spec script. (My edition was originally published in 2002, which is why there aren’t more recent examples. Nonetheless, the lessons within the text are timeless.)

From coming up with so-called “trailer moments” and utilizing the “escalator of doom” to avoiding such pitfalls as overkill and “golfing goats,” Writing A Blockbuster lays out the ultimate plan for your mega-budget screen dream.

Continue reading “Book Review: “Writing A Blockbuster (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 14)” by William C. Martell”

Casting My #Screenplay “Roommates”

Now that I’ve gotten some feedback from my beta readers, I’ve finally begun the rewriting process on my most recent screenplay, the romantic comedy Roommates. Yet one of the questions that I kept being asked was, “So, who do you envision playing these characters?”

I can’t speak for any other writers, but when I write, yes, I do picture certain actors in these roles. It helps me imagine the story and, more importantly, the characters. OK, here we go: Continue reading “Casting My #Screenplay “Roommates””

“For Writers …” by “Guardians of the Galaxy” Writer-Director James Gunn

I’m sure you know who James Gunn is. Filmmaker. The man behind Marvel‘s insanely popular and successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, whose latest installment grossed $146.5 million during its opening weekend and is on track to be the fifth Marvel title to hit $1 billion at the global box office.

Yeah, you know him.

Continue reading ““For Writers …” by “Guardians of the Galaxy” Writer-Director James Gunn”