It's been a hell of a day, with not one but three major movie franchises announcing that they've hired new screenwriters to bring beloved favorites back to the screen.
In TRON news, the third film in the franchise wasn't exactly a sure thing but $400 million worldwide is nothing to scoff at so Disney's hired a new writer to take on TRON 3: David DiGilio, whose only previous feature writing credit was on Disney's successful but forgettable (New Word: Suc-Gettable?) Paul Walker dog sledding movie Eight Below. The film was set to be written by TRON Legacy's writers Adam Horowitz and Adam Kitsis, but they're too busy with other projects right now. DiGilio's street cred rose recently thanks to a new post-apocalyptic medical show he's created called Last H.O.P.E., which stands for Last Hospital On Planet Earth. Anyway, no word yet on the concept of TRON 3, but the special features on TRON Legacy sure as hell hinted at them, so watch that if you're interested. Hollywood Reporter had that scoop.
Meanwhile, the Daredevil sequel that 30 Days of Night director David Slade has signed on to has its own screenwriter now: Brad Kane, writer and producer on the perpetually doomed Fox television series Fringe. Like DiGilio, Kane apparently got the gig in large part thanks to new, as-yet-unproduced projects, including Bill Condon's Richard Pryor biopic and that Viewmaster movie they're making for some reason. Kane has the job of adapting the popular Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli storyline in which the Kingpin discovered Daredevil's secret identity and made his life a living hell. In an unrelated bit of trivia, Kane also apparently has quite the singing voice: he's provided the dulcet tones of Aladdin's singing voice in several Straight-to-Video sequels to the Disney box office smash. Hollywood Reporter had that one too.
And finally, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back in a big way thanks to screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who also penned the script to this winter's upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The duo has had a significant career in television, writing and producing on such hit series as Alias, and such 'less than hit' series as Happy Town, October Road and the underrated American remake of Life on Mars. We have no word yet on what form the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will take. It could be a standalone reboot, a retelling of the origin story, it could be live-action or CGI. Nobody knows yet, or at least no one's talking about it. Deadline actually had this sucker. Good for them.
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