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Columbia Pictures VP Devon Franklin: ‘If You Write a Good Script, We’ll Find It’

It’s Devon Franklin‘s job as VP of production for Columbia/Sony Pictures to buy film scripts and see them through the development and production process. So, how can aspiring scribes keep their work out of the slush pile? Take a screenwriting class, enter film competitions, and polish your drafts until they’re perfect.

“Do everything you can to work on these ideas,” Franklin, the man behind Jumping The Broom, explained in our @mediabeat interview. “And I promise you — people think this is crazy — we need good scripts in Hollywood. So, if you write a good script, even if you’re in Nebraska, Ohio — you could be in the most remote part of the world — if you write a good script, I promise you somehow we’ll find it.”

Franklin applied the same principles of diligence and faith in his own life, which he details in his new book Produced By Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Compromising Your True Self (Simon & Schuster).

“The book is a metaphor for your life as a movie, and every movie starts with a big idea,” the author and motivational speaker explained. “My whole big idea for my life is to inspire and encourage, and God has called me to use film as part of a way to do that.”

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Part 1: Jumping The Broom Production VP Brings Spirituality to Hollywood

Part 3: Columbia Pictures VP Devon Franklin Talks Netflix, Social Media

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Jennifer Weiner Hosts Hollywood Getaway Contest

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Good in Bed, author Jennifer Weiner is hosting “Cannie’s Hollywood Getaway” contest–a chance for readers to win a luxurious trip to Los Angeles.

Prospective contestants need to log on to Weiner’s Facebook page and write about their best personal memory from the last ten years (minimum 125 words and maximum 175 words). The contest will be accepting submissions until May 31st.

Here’s more about the prizes: “Much like the beloved Cannie Shapiro, a winner and a guest will fly to Los Angeles and experience the best Hollywood has to offer. From Sunday, June 19th through Wednesday, June 22nd, they will stay at the luxurious Beverly Wilshire, enjoying breakfasts and spa treatments, a workout with a trainer, dinner at one of Los Angeles’ top restaurants, and an invitation to watch a taping of State of Georgia, the new ABC Family sitcom co-written and executive-produced by Jen herself.”

Classic Books & Terrible Adaptations

Have you ever watched a literary adaptation that actually made you cringe? Flavorpill has compiled a list entitled, “The 10 Most Badly Bungled Classic-Book-to-Film Adaptations.” Some of them include The Scarlett Letter (1995), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), and Beowulf (2007).

Here’s more from the article: “Hollywood tends to be particularly inept at adapting classic works of literature for the big screen. More often than not, some genius will decide that a timeless book needs to be ‘modernized’ to reach today’s audiences, or that those bummer downbeat endings must be fixed up.”

The video embedded above features the second trailer for Beowulf. What movies would you add to the list?

The Hobbit Will Be Filmed in New Zealand

9780061917738.jpgOn Monday, thousands of New Zealand citizens demonstrated to keep The Hobbit film shoot in their country, declaring  “New Zealand is Middle Earth.” Now they can rejoice because The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

The New York Times reports that Prime Minister John Key negotiated with several Hollywood executives to secure the location. The government agreed to provide special financing and introduce new labor legislation. They will provide $15 million for the two films’ production budget and an additional $10 million for marketing.

The article explained the labor complexities: “The legislation is expected to require workers to designate their status as an employee or a freelance worker when beginning a project, then stick with it, according to one person who was briefed on the talks but spoke anonymously because the agreement was not complete.”

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21 Years Later: Let’s Remake King David!

Babylon 5 creator and Spider-Man scribe J. Michael Straczynski pulled back the curtain on several upcoming projects in a post to his message board a few weeks back. Here’s one of the more interesting tidbits:

“The screenplay for the film I’m writing for Universal will be turned in mid-January. Akiva Goldsman is among the producers on this project, a big budget historical movie based on the life of King David.”

richardgere-kingdavid.jpgNow, I’d thought the 1985 version starring Richard Gere (left) had pretty much killed the big-screen biblical epic as a genre, but then somebody reminded me of the success of The Passion of the Christ and, on a somewhat smaller scale, The Nativity Story, so maybe the time is finally right to revisit the Books of Samuel and Kings. (Actually, there was a TV miniseries that retold this story in the ’90s, starring Nathaniel Parker as David; aren’t you sorry you missed Leonard Nimoy’s performance as the prophet Samuel?) As a screenwriter himself, Goldsman is no stranger to adaptation—or, for that matter, to stories involving the House of David: he penned the high-grossing film version of Dan Brown‘s Da Vinci Code and is already at work on Angels and Demons.