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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Now hear this: Richard Preston ‘s ’90s era best-seller about ebola, THE HOT ZONE, is being rebooted (it was also a ’90s feature film) into a Fox TV series to be directed by Ridley Scott, who, it seems to der munchen has finally gone completely over the edge on his march to showbiz whoredom. (Fortunately for members of the Writers Guild of America everywhere, no writer has been named, so the Riddler gets to take all the flak from this bullshit move alone.)
  • David S. Goyer (writer-producer of every superhero film you’ve hated) is adapting Peter Straub‘s book SHADOWLAND as what NBC describes as an “event series.” (Yeppers, it’ll be an event, all right. The biggest thud of the season. And when it happens, remember, you heard it ra-cheer on TVWriter™ from yer friendly neighborhood munch dood.)
  • Casey Sherman (THE FINEST HOURS) is developing LIFE IN THE SHADOWS, some whacked-out FBI-witness protection abomination that the production company, Landscape Entertainment, hopes to sell to some network somewhere, some time. (Sorry, sorry, this really is no news at all. In my defense, all I can say is Landscape’s PR person made me cover this. Promised me a big scoop on their next big project, so how could a mere muncher resist?)
  • The Dawson Brothers (Hey, they’re a big deal writing trio at the BBC) are writing the pilot for NBC’s THE SPENCER TAPES, a comedy about “a…college professor who rediscovers his old camcorder tapes and realizes that life hasn’t turned out the way he’d hoped.” (And if that doesn’t sound funny enough, consider this: The professor’s all of 30 years old, so, yeah, of course his life and chances are already over cuz…30, y’know?)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

The DA VINCI’S DEMONS Hype Has Us In Its Spell

da_vinci's_demons_kiteHere’s what David S. Goyer, creator-writer-producer of the new Starz series, has to say about his new show, coming April 12th, via The H’wood Reporter:

“We’ve embellished it with what I’m calling historical fantasy; he had an incredible life and we didn’t have to embellish as much as you’d think. I didn’t want to do Ye Olde Historical Drama; I wanted to do something historical, viewed through a modern prism… Da Vinci is kind of superhero-y, there are so many legends and tall tales about him. People have said aside from Christ he’s the most recognizable figure in the world. My approach wasn’t unsimilar to adapting Batman and Superman — obviously we did a lot more research.”

And here’s the latest trailer:

Admit it: This looks !@#$ awesome!

Something to Look Forward to: DA VINCI’S DEMONS

Not only does the series sound intriguing, but Starz is doing something we’d like to see a lot more of: Promoting it by showing what a star its creator, writer David S. Goyer is. Let’s say that again: Goyer’s a star and Starz knows it.

Comic-Con 2012 Video: First Teaser for Starz’s ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Unveiled
by Lesley Goldberg

The 1st teaser for Starz’s upcoming historical fantasy series Da Vinci’s Demons has debuted and it really is just as cryptic as you’d expect.

The drama revolves around Leonardo da Vinci, a brash and brilliant 25-year-old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist whose intellect and talents will be explored as he struggles to live inside the confines of his personal reality and time as he begins to see — and invent — the future…

While no official footage of the drama was included in the short promo, the vague spot touts creator David S. Goyer‘s pedigree — co-writer, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel! — and delivers a few things to ponder before the high-profile project debuts in the spring:

“History is a lie…. His story is a lie.”

“History is a lie that has been honed like a weapon by men and women who have suppressed the truth.”

“Centuries from now your own history will also be suppressed.”

“Free the future.”

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