Hey everyone. I’m off until Monday, when I’ll be reviewing Dunkirk. Feel free to discuss anything other than politics, although I’m sure that will be impossible. As a starting point, I’ll leave up the new Bright trailer, the 2 million dollar Max Landis spec that Netflix snatched up and turned into a movie with Will Smith. I would say the trailer is… miscalculated. The opening is supposed to be funny but beating a small helpless creature to death is, in my screenwriting experience, the wrong way to build empathy for your main character. It actually made me uncomfortable. With that said, it’s a clear example of a writer taking a chance! If you’re curious what a 2 million dollar spec looks like, you can check out the script here

P.S. The only TV Pilot I’ve ever given a “GENIUS” to, Ozark, is now on Netflix! Here’s my old review

P.P.S. Make sure to write 5 pages this weekend in your current screenplay!

  • Erica

    Roses are red, violets are black, don’t worry all, I’ve got your back…First in bitches.

  • BMCHB

    Bright looks like End of Watch with a Suicide Squad aesthetic “possibly*” influenced by A Killing On Carnival Row but set in the modern world…

    * I haven’t read the script so apologies to Max if I’m wrong here.

    That song is fantastic, though.

    • Erica

      I’m kind of mixed on it. I’m sure I’ll watch it when it hits Netflix but I would not go to the theater to watch it.

      The first part started okay, but then it just changed and we have this magical wand that grants wishes. This goes back to yesterday’s discussion about taking chances and mixing things up. However I’m not sure I like this switch. If felt cool up to that point and I still may enjoy the movie with the exception of the opening in the trailer, but that may be just the trailer and in the context of the movie turn out to be funny.

      Question is, we see Max in his writing always taking a chance and mixing things up, if this was not a Max Landis script, would mixing it up like this have worked?

      • BMCHB

        I’ll watch this for sure, hoping that it’s good. I’ve said before that Max probably needs to start directing his own “studio-sold” scripts. I think he’s directing An American Werewolf next? Would rather he directed his own IP as I think he has a wonderful, often off-beat imagination and would love to see him take it from script to screen.

    • Scott Crawford

      I didn’t like killing the fairy either. It’s supposed like in THIS world, fairies are like pests. But it just doesn’t sit well. And the “this is what race is like” (written by two white guys) feels heavy-handed to say the least.

      But the second half of the trailer is MUCH better, particularly when they bring in the MacGuffin and they TALK about how IMPORTANT it is and the consequences of it…. it brings an URGENCY to the proceedings. And they we get a car chase and car chase ALWAYS work (it’s amazing) but you still got to do something different with it.

      Also worth pointing out that this is a FANTASY that has much less CGI than Kingsman 2. Bravo!

      • BMCHB

        I thought the “wand” was cool. It was presented and played as grounded in reality and worked for me.

        As I said, I haven’t read the script so am interested if it appears on Page 15, 30, or 45. My guess is around 30… Close?

        • Scott Crawford

          I haven’t read the script myself, but judging by how much OTHER stuff is in the trailer, I’d think the wand would be mentioned EARLY ON but the heroes discovery and that becoming the central plot wouldn’t happen until after page 30, say page 45 or later, That’s how I would’ve done it.

          • Master John Moss

            And that IS how it’s done, if I remember right.

        • Master John Moss

          End of the first act, the heroes get their hands on it.

      • klmn

        My God, Will Smith just killed Tinkerbell.

        • BMCHB

          What does Blake Snyder say about this?!

          • Scott Crawford

            Not much these days. R.I.P.

        • Master John Moss

          The movie might have been interesting if he had, but he didn’t. It’s just a nasty creature like a winged raccoon with rabies.

      • fragglewriter

        That’s what threw me off about the script about how race is the angle, unless the alien is an angle to the movie.

        I’m going to see Kingsman 2 as I loved the first. I’m just surprised that Colin Firth’s character is still alive.

    • carsonreeves1

      I liked the song too. What song is that/

      • BMCHB

        ??? Trying to find it all day – no luck!

      • Scott Crawford

        “Darkside” by Kiiara. Unreleased as yet.

    • Master John Moss

      Yeah, that’s more or less right.

  • klmn

    That trailer reminds me of Alien Nation, with the alien/human cop duo.

    And it looks like Hellpig’s got Carson treed. Hope he gets down by Monday.

    • Erica

      Yes, that’s what I was thinking of and couldn’t remember the movie.

  • Scott Crawford

    It’s not politics, it’s movies…

    Sean Spicer: The Movie?

  • Scott Serradell

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    YOUR WEEKEND PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCMENT:

    Folks: While reading is a grand endeavor, book collecting is actually a sickness that renders its victims painfully unsociable, perpetually distracted, and foaming at the mouth pretentious. Please! Give today so we can help these poor sods find a proper place in society. Thank you & God Bless (and a great weekend to all!)

    • Scott Crawford

      You… melonfarmer! All my life I’ve wanted a wall of shelves for my books. They’re all in boxes (or on iPad these days). Love books.

      Something to work towards.

      • Scott Serradell

        It took us years to get here, but as we are still in the frenzy of unpackaging I’m too exhausted to celebrate…

        And I must ask about that avatar Scott: Are you trying playing the character of Kurtz in the Brighton Summer Theatre Production of “Apocalypse Now”?

        • Scott Crawford

          So happy for you!

          And it’s a face mask… I have oily skin. I also like the idea of challenging perceptions of gender. Makes me feel all modern.

          • Scott Serradell

            Lol!

    • BMCHB

      Jealous of the space you have!

    • Midnight Luck

      You got nothing’ on me. :)
      Except you are WAY more organized.
      My books and shit are piled everywhere!

      • klmn

        Mine too.

    • NajlaAnn

      Lol!

  • carsonreeves1

    I’m deciding whether to see it in 70mm.

    I used to be someone who was really into that stuff. But over time I’ve learned that good movies are good movies on any format. I don’t know, though. I MAY make an exception here.

    • BMCHB

      You should, if possible. It doesn’t cost extra here. I suppose it depends where the closest theater can show 70mm is.

  • Poe_Serling

    What?! No AF…

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been on quite a roll. All of my top
    picks from AOW have crossed the finish line in first place.

    The extra week off could throw a real ‘monkey’ wrench into my
    streak.

    Just kidding, of course… enjoy your three-day weekend, Carson.

    But here are a few thoughts regarding HP:

    For whatever reason(s) the script just had that little extra oomph
    for me.

    Perhaps it was a combo of the eye-catching title, the premise,
    the Badlands location, and so on.

    Much like its cinematic father Razorback…

    Back in the day of video stores, I still recall how that particular
    DVD always caught my eye as I perused the horror section.

    The cover art depicted a somewhat eerie, isolated, fog-draped
    Outback setting, which kinda gave hope to the potential viewer
    that film itself might just have some of the same visual flair to it.

    And guess what?

    For once, the actual flick matched the artwork on the front of
    its box.

    RZBK

    It’s a fairly solid creature feature (from the director of the mid
    ’80s Highlander) with a ton of stylish atmosphere.

    Finally, a well-informed commenter kindly told me last week
    about another upcoming release called Boar.

    It was filmed and takes place in the Australian Outback too.

    At least HP will have some company on its way from page
    to screen. ;-)

    • Scott Crawford

      Still think this is the best thing Russell Mulchay ever directed. Choregraphy by Arlene Phillips, the dancers are from Hot Gossip… and, yes, that IS Bruno Tonioli dancing:

      • BMCHB

        One of my favorite songs! Love Elton John.

    • BMCHB

      A guilty pleasure of mine is Black Sheep (2006)

      “An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.”

      Hellpig, as with Timeshark and Log, definitely would find an audience if made. They’re late-night viewings on a Friday or Saturday after beers but that’s what I like to watch at that time.

  • carsonreeves1

    Speaking of Bright and Dunkirk, what do you guys think of the controversy with Nolan not just dissing Netflix, but full-on hating it? He does realize that 75% of the people who see his movies see them on a format other than the big screen, right?

    • BMCHB

      There is a difference that can’t be denied between film and digital. Vinyl sounds better and is making a comeback…

      • Scott Crawford

        • BMCHB

          See comment above.

          Does reek a bit of the rich telling the poor that having no money is a bad idea!

    • Scott Crawford

      Years ago I read an interview with David Lynch were he seemed, if not ENTHUSIASTIC then quite welcoming of things like video on demand and Apple TV (I think Netflix was barely a thing then). Some filmmakers WILL be glad that their films get an audience and often without having to compromise (i.e. Ojka having a white American girl as the lead or Bright being PG-13).

      • BMCHB

        Yeah, it can sound snobbish to complain. For the thousands/most that can’t afford film, digital is the way forward. It’s a foot in the door. Hell, the documentary that I produced last year is still on the festival circuit and that was filmed on a Canon MK-II.

    • ScriptChick

      Surprised by such an adverse reaction (even though actually last night was reminded of his preference of film over digital while watching a featurette about the Inception hallway scene). Still though, not every film gets the luxury of premiering on the big screen and I’m thankful for finding those gems on other platforms.

    • BoSoxBoy

      I took it as marketing more than hating. An effort to get people to buy tickets at the theater.

    • Master John Moss

      Guy just wants everyone to go out and have a communal experience seeing his shit up on the big screen. I get it. But honestly? I’m beginning to hate going out to the multiplex to see something. I could list off all the reasons why, but you guys can guess what they are. Watching movies at home has definite benefits, the list of which, again, I know you all can guess.

      • Scott Crawford
        • Master John Moss

          She understands Twitter, that one.

        • BMCHB

          Not sure what her point is…

          A joke: she masturbates to Ryan Gosling and someone complained?

          • Linkthis83

            You have to know Anna to get her humor…but yeah…she’s pretending she got busted masturbating in the back row to his movie and that she wasn’t aware it’s still “inappropriate” to do such a thing.

            (and my humor is acting like I “know” Anna :)

          • BMCHB

            He’s no Ryan Reynolds, that’s for sure. Anna is quite cute. I wouldn’t say no… and I wouldn’t get caught whilst watching her movie.

  • Lucid Walk

    So just found out they’re turning Garden at the End of the World (great script) into an I Am Legend sequel, like they did Cellar into a Cloverfield movie.

    • Scott Crawford

      I think that was pretty much from when they first bought it they thought “I Am Legend 2.” That happened a lot in the 1990s with original scripts becoming sequels to Die Hard and Under Siege and proposals for other original scripts to become sequels to Cliffhanger (The Dam) and The Rock (The Ten, previously reviewed by Carson).

  • brenkilco

    It isn’t just a choice between 70mm and Imax. The film is coming out in 35mm, 70mm film, digital Imax (i.e. LIEMAX) and true, genuine 70mm IMAX. Only one theater in my state can show the movie in genuine IMAX and since it’s only thirty minutes away I’m planning to see it there when the crowd subsides.

  • Scott Crawford

    Ozark just appeared on my Netflix. You know, THIS one (my most requested script EVER):

    http://scriptshadow.net/tv-pilot-tuesday-an-amazing-pilot-ozark/

  • ScriptChick

    If you’re in LA and looking for something to do Thursday night, check out our boundary pushing indie film I AM STILL HERE, an official selection at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival!

    Tickets are $10 (we are Block 2), screening at Let Live Theater (The Actors Company) at 8:30 pm with a Q&A afterwards (I don’t think I’ll be answering questions, but I’ll be there!).
    http://www.ladff.com/

    • Linkthis83

      Do you want me to promote it on Monday’s episode?

      • ScriptChick

        Hell yeah! That would be awesome, thank you! A few cast members plan to be there as well. :)

  • NajlaAnn

    Have a great weekend!

  • BMCHB

    Oh, I just realized that there is a link to Bright script in the article – D’uh! Will read over weekend. Will watch a couple of Ozark episodes each night next week.

    • Master John Moss

      I dunno… Do you really need to read the script for ‘Bright’? Not really…

      I have the scripts for ‘Get Out,’ ‘My Friend Dahmer’ and ‘It Comes at Night’ if any of those interest you.

      • Emotionoid

        Hi, could you please forward ‘It comes at night’ script to mazhar.mohd@gmail.com? thanks.

        • Master John Moss

          Sure.

      • BMCHB

        Have them but cheers for offer :-)

  • Master John Moss

    Sooo… Am I the only person who’s actually read the script for ‘Bright’?

    It’s… meh. ‘Alien Nation’ meets ‘Training Day’ in the first act before Will and Joel’s characters (and the elf girl) get chased by foot through L.A. by separate groups who REALLY want the magic wand they’ve procured. You’re basically going from one action set piece to the next. Lots of shooting etc. It didn’t end satisfactorily for me. This trailer makes the movie look handsome and compelling, with a killer soundtrack, but the movie will be an empty one, ultimately. Something you forget about the following day. I mean, I’m struggling to remember the script! Better than ‘Suicide Squad’ but what wouldn’t be?

    Have I ever TRULY liked anything Will Smith has been in? I don’t think so. This won’t change that.

  • klmn

    Since the Hellpig vs Carson match has been delayed, here’s a past match for your viewing enjoyment.

    • BMCHB

      I’ve seen more skillful fights outside my local pub on a Monday night!

  • fragglewriter

    Have a Happy Long Weekend Carson.

    I just watched the trailer, and I’m still not feeling that movie Bright. I read the script and felt that Max Landis didn’t put a twist on the buddy cop genre movie, especially when I watched Alien Nation as a kid. However, I’ll try my best to watch it when it gets released on Netflix.

    I just saw the movie Girls Trip and I loved it. Best comedy of the year. I read some reviews that said the raunchy wasn’t funny, but then weren’t people complaining about wanting Hard R comedies? I guess that meant men only R comedies.

    Anyone going to see Valerian this weekend? I’ve watched more of the clips to the movie and it reminds me of Fifth Element, except that the actors are younger. It also received negative reviews.

    Ozark has now been released on Netflix. I might watch an episode tonight. I have to finish reading Stephen Kings’s The Gunslinger before I return it to the library on Monday, and then checkout two other books: Swimming with Bridgeport Girls by Anthony Tambakis (screenwriter of Jane Got a Gun and Gringo; the new movie staring Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried that will be released in 2018 ) and What we Talk About When we Talk About Love by Raymond Carver.