Screenwriting News

Welcome to the screenwriting news section on WritersWrite.com. Here you will find the latest news about screenplays, Hollywood, the film industry and more. Click here to return to the Screenwriting homepage.

Negotiations Continue as Writers' Strike Looms (April 27, 2017): No deal has been reached between the WGA and studios. The WGA has voted to strike if no deal is reached by May 1, 2017.

Damien Chazelle Wins Best Screenplay and Best Director at Golden Globes for La La Land (January 8, 2017): Damien Chazelle took home the Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2017 Golden Globes.

A Princess and an Author: Carrie Fisher Taken Too Soon (December 28, 2016): Actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Edward Albee is Dead at 88 (September 17, 2016): Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Edward Albee has died at the age of 88.

Screenwriter Jeremy Slater Discusses Why The Fantastic Four Was Not So Fantastic (August 22, 2016): Screenwriter Jeremy Slater has an interesting take on why the most recent film reboot of The Fantastic Four underperformed with critics, fans and at the box office.

Criminal Minds Star Thomas Gibson Suspended for Kicking Writer (August 11, 2016): Thomas Gibson was suspended from Criminal Minds for kicking a writer on the set.

George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards Being Adapted for Television (August 8, 2016): George R.R. Martin's long running superhero anthology series Wild Cards is being adapted for television.

Hamilton Author Lin-Manuel Miranda's Inspiring Commencement Speech at University of Pennsylvania (May 18, 2016): Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda gave an excellent commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania. He discusses the power of story and its link to creativity.

Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill Defends Doctor Strange Casting Decision (April 25, 2016): Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill is tired of getting grief over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in the Doctor Strange movie. He discusse the reasons for the decision.

Spotlight and The Big Short Win Screenplay Awards at the 2016 Oscars (March 1, 2016): Spotlight and The Big Short won the screenplay awards at the 2016 Oscars. Spotlight won Best Original Screenplay and The Big Short won the Best Adapted Screenplay.

Author Harper Lee Dead at 89 (February 20, 2016): Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89. A recluse in her later years, she loved Hollywood and the feature film adaptation of her book.

Jonathan Franzen's Purity Heading to Television (February 17, 2016): Daniel Craig is set to star in the television adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's novel Purity. It's being pitched to Showtime, Hulu and Netflix.

Patton Oswald Hosts 2016 WGA Awards, Spotlight Writers Win Original Screenplay Honors (February 15, 2016): Patton Oswald hosted the WGA West Awards. Spotlight, Mr. Robot, Inside Amy Schumer and Mad Men writers win awards.

Aaron Sorkin to Adapt To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway (February 12, 2016): Aaron Sorkin is penning the script to bring Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway. The show will debut in the 2017-2018 season.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Will Be Released This Summer (February 10, 2016): Scholastic will publish the script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer. It is the official eighth story in the series by J.K. Rowling.

Big Bang Theory Producers Sued for Copyright Infringement of Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty Song (January 5, 2016): The Big Bang Theory producers are being sued for copyright violations over the song Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty which was written by poet Edith Newlin in 1937.

Stephenie Meyer Producing New Supernatural TV Show Called The Rook (November 10, 2015): Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is producing a new supernatural tv show based on The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. The British show will air on Hulu in the U.S.

George R.R. Martin's Werewolf Novella Skin Trade Heading to Cinemax (October 12, 2015): Cinemax has ordered a pilot for George R.R. Martin's urban werewolf novella, Skin Trade. A werewolf and an ex-cop join forces to solve grisly murders.

Nicholas Sparks Turns His Divorce into a Sitcom for ABC (October 7, 2015): Bestselling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks has turned his divorce into a half hour sitcom for ABC. It will focus on a romance novelist trying to re-enter the dating pool.

Patrick Ness Writing New Doctor Who Spinoff Series Called Class (October 3, 2015): Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls, will create and write a YA spinoff set in the Doctor Who universe. Ness has won two Carnegie medals for children's literature.