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  • JMS in Variety "10 Screenwriters to Watch"

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...ry=straczynski

    Projects listed are:

    He's now got a boatload of jobs: Paramount's "World War Z"; UA's "Proving Ground"; "March Into Sunlight" for director Paul Greengrass; "The Flickering Light" and "Lensman," both for Ron Howard; and a rewrite of "The Grays" for Wolfgang Petersen.
    Woo-Hoo!

    Jan
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

  • #2
    It's kind of funny they call jms an "aspiring screenwriter".

    Isn't that the article that was supposed to reveal a "big surprise"? I don't think there's anything your ECCC report didn't mention, Jan, or am I missing something? If that statement by JMS was meant for people who hadn't heard about your report, my guess would be the surprise referred to Wolfgang Peterson's "The Grays".

    Also, the research project addressed in the other thread - a million years into the future? - sounds like something in the spirit of "Childhood's End".

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mandragora View Post
      It's kind of funny they call jms an "aspiring screenwriter".
      I know, I boggled at that myself.

      Isn't that the article that was supposed to reveal a "big surprise"? I don't think there's anything your ECCC report didn't mention, Jan, or am I missing something?
      His post just said "Another surprise yet to come." I tend to think that being named to the list is a Pretty Big Deal in addition to any new projects named.

      "Proving Ground" is definitely news to me. I don't see anything in IMDb that looks like it might be what he's talking about.

      I was kind of hoping to find out what the project is that JMS said is 'near and dear to the hearts' of everyone at the con.

      If that statement by JMS was meant for people who hadn't heard about your report, my guess would be the surprise referred to Wolfgang Peterson's "The Grays".
      I'm *sure* that the statement JMS made didn't take into account people reading my report. Heck, even one of the regular readers over on the moderated newsgroup commented that he was glad to have "Lensman" confirmed and JMS confirmed that at ECCCas well as it showing up on his IMDb page for a while now. So much for my fond dreams of people anxiously awaiting my posts in order to get the latest JMS News (hey, JMS News...wonder if anybody's every thought of that as a website name...)

      Jan
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #4
        Well, there's not a whole lot we know yet about the spec scripts "Proving Ground" for UA/Tom Cruise and "The Flickering Light" for Imagine Entertainment/Ron Howard.

        By the way, the gray aliens in B5 were named the Streib as a nod to Whitley Strieber, the author of "The Grays".

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        • #5
          Don't know about you lot, but just reading JMS's request for info + 1 Million Years into future - could that be the missing project you are looking for?

          Sounds Interesting doesnt it?

          1 Million Years.
          Duracell Bunny is arrested and charged with BATTERY!!

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          • #6
            I imagine they use the term "screenwriter" to refer specifically to movies so, since there is only (so far) one movie out there made from a script of his that qualifies him as "aspiring" rather than "established".

            Give it a year, and another couple or three movies, and that will undoubtedly change.

            And then we can say ... we knew him when he was slightly less famous than he is now!

            1 Million Years.
            Cool ... a movie version of The Deconstruction of Falling Stars.

            The Optimist: The glass is half full
            The Pessimist: The glass is half empty
            The Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jan View Post
              "Proving Ground" is definitely news to me. I don't see anything in IMDb that looks like it might be what he's talking about.
              "Proving Ground" was the name of the other one of the two spec scripts he sold (I think to Tom Cruise's company?) - one of the comic sites or blogs mentioned it after ECCC, but don't ask me which one, I can't remember it.

              I was kind of hoping to find out what the project is that JMS said is 'near and dear to the hearts' of everyone at the con.
              Me too.

              I'm *sure* that the statement JMS made didn't take into account people reading my report. Heck, even one of the regular readers over on the moderated newsgroup commented that he was glad to have "Lensman" confirmed and JMS confirmed that at ECCCas well as it showing up on his IMDb page for a while now. So much for my fond dreams of people anxiously awaiting my posts in order to get the latest JMS News (hey, JMS News...wonder if anybody's every thought of that as a website name...)
              Well, at least you have a faithful audience here

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              • #8
                [QUOTE=mandragora;48116]It's kind of funny they call jms an "aspiring screenwriter".
                QUOTE]

                That follows his quote last year that:
                "After 20 years in the business, I'm an overnight success."
                Only a fool fights in a burning house.

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                • #9
                  Overnight Success

                  Originally posted by B5_Obsessed View Post
                  Originally posted by mandragora View Post
                  It's kind of funny they call jms an "aspiring screenwriter".
                  That follows his quote last year that:
                  "After 20 years in the business, I'm an overnight success."
                  I believe the definition of "overnight success" is to have worked diligently for a longer period of time and finally get noticed.

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