Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/18/14

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

  • Jonathan Nolan (INTERSTELLAR) is developing Isaac Asimov‘s FOUNDATION series of books into a series for HBO. (And yer munchiness is curious as hell re what Asimov, who was all about the word, would think of whatever script Jonny boy comes up with. Anybody want to venture a guess. Give it a go cuz, after all, nobody will ever be able to prove you wrong.)
  • Bryan Cranston & David Shore (if you need to ask who these dudes are there’s no reason for you to read any further here) are co-writing SNEAKY PETE, a CBS drama about a con man who hides his past by taking the name of his cellmate. (Cuz, I gotta assume, the protagonist’s crimes are much worse than the other guys…but what would Isaac Asimov have defined as “worse” anyway?)
  • David Kohan & Max Mutchnick (WILL & GRACE) are co-writing a Fox comedy series about a single mother, her kids, and her grifter (as in con man?) father when they move from New Jersey to L.A. (Whatcha think, Asimov fans? Would the good doctor have gone for this one? Why? Why not? Huh? Huh?)
  • Andrea Newman (CHICAGO FIRE) is writing the pilot for a “supernatural thriller in a realistic tone” for NBC. (Leading yer favorite munchhausen to turn to the late Mr. Asimov and wonder – aloud – “If they want realism, why use a writer from CHICAGO FIRE? Whaddaya think, Isaac?” Uh-oh, Dr. Asimov is frowning. Guess you’d have to be one of the 4 people in the universe who watched CHICAGO FIRE to know what I’m talking about. Oh well….)

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….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/6/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is writing an NBC pilot for a sitcom about events at a Detroit auto company. (Detroit? The American car biz? Funny? If Justin can pull off he’ll prove what a genius he is!)
  • Jonathan Nolan (PERSON OF INTEREST) is set to adapt Michael Crichton‘s old film WESTWORLD into a series for HBO. (No Yul Brynner scary robot gunslinger stuff here. We hear that the show will dig into what already is PERSON OF INTEREST territory – the beginning of consciousness for artificial intelligence. One trick pony time? We hope not.)
  • Brian Gallivan (THE McCARTHYS) is writing an unnamed sitcom about a guy who takes a long vacation with his family in New Hampshire…(Eh? What? Sorry, we fell asleep just typing that. Sheesh.)
  • Brandon Schwartz (newbie) has written the pilot for an untitled Fox sitcom. (Although Brandon has written a couple of scripts at Nickelodeon, this is his first official network sale. Kudos, dude!)
  • Chris Black has the gig to redevelop SAGA an ABC drama pilot written by Andrew Miller that the network rejected last year. (These are always tough jobs cuz everybody’s expecting the new writer to “save” a project that didn’t come from that writer’s gut.) Good luck, dood.)

The One Film Every New TV Writer Must See

…And it wouldn’t hurt the film types either.

Some showrunner type you may have heard of – Damon Lindelof of LOST

If you want to know what it’s really like to toil in the diamond mines of episodic television, run, do not walk, to SHOWRUNNERS, a documentary that tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Directed by Des Doyle, the full-length film features the most powerful cast of superstar TV showrunners this side of, oh, Venus, including:

Kurt Sutter, David Shore, Steven S. DeKnight, Mike Royce, Terence Winter, Jane Espenson, Andrew Marlowe, Chris Downey, John Rogers, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Matthew Carnahan, Mike Kelley, Dee Johnson, Ronald D. Moore, Jonathan Nolan, Ali LeRoi, Shawn Ryan J.J. Abrams, and Joss Whedon.

If you can’t get a deep sense of what TV writing and production are all about from these doods, well, you ain’t never gonna get.

Oh, there is one itty, bitty hang-up. This baby isn’t finished yet. It needs our help. So get thee over to Kickstarter.Com and cough up a buck or two. You won’t regret it!

Why All Writers Should Know the Classics

…And, now that we bring it up, readers too:

Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises’ Literary Inspiration
by Silas Lesnick

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

With what is arguably the most famous opening line in all of literature, Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” paints a portrait of the class struggle taking place in Europe in the late 18th century. In less than two weeks, it’s a theme that Christopher Nolan is employing to bring about the conclusion of his Batman trilogy with the release of The Dark Knight Rises.

Speaking at this morning’s press conference for the film, Nolan and his brother and screenwriting partner, Jonathan, answered ComingSoon.net’s question about the film’s direct and indirect allusions to Dickens’ masterpiece.

“When Jonah showed me his first draft of his screenplay, it was 400 pages long or something,” says the director. “It had all this crazy stuff in it. As part of a primer when he handed it to me, he said, ‘You’ve got to think of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ which, of course, you’ve read.’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I read the script and was a little baffled by a few things and realized that I’d never read ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. It was just one of those things that I thought I had done. Then I got it, read it and absolutely loved it and got completely what he was talking about… When I did my draft on the script, it was all about ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.”

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Can’t wait to hear what this Dickens guy thinks.