Anyone with dreams of being a Hollywood screenwriter, consider this story:
So we’re all still coming to terms with Len Wiseman directing a Mummy reboot for Universal. Both studio and director have been overseeing a Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to completion. Now comes word that Universal is commissioning a second script, this one written by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) that’s both completely different and expected to also be folded into the Spaihts draft somehow. Decipher this insider’s take:
“My suspicion is that one of them will be a ‘structure-and-body’ man, and one’s going to be a ‘character-and-dialogue’ man — and that they’ll then just [combine] them together into one script, crediting both writers.”
This monster-mash approach to screenwriting is all too common in Hollywood as many writers are hired to simply make sense of all the drafts earlier writers hashed out. This is also a method for producers to involve themselves in a production, often having their suggestions written into the newer scripts (think Jon Peters’ giant spiders in Superman Lives!) thus further complicating the process, championing one writer over the other, ect. It’s weird, but for whatever reason the people with the power to change it seem to think it works.
I’m still of the suspicion this reboot’s about nanobots that bring dead egyptian pharaohs back to life, so at the end of the day I’ve probably already written too many wor