This summer may not be unfolding for movie theatres the way anyone had originally planned, but there’s still plenty of movie news to report from this August. Here’s our pick of the news from the last week…
- For anyone who’s been missing the cinema experience lately, Walmart are going to be offering free drive-in screenings of a selection films including BLACK PANTHER, E.T., and BACK TO THE FUTURE in association with the Tribeca Film Festival – a great way to see movies back on the big screen! – Entertainment Weekly
- In a blow to movie theatres, however, Disney have decided to release their live-action remake of MULAN on their Disney+ streaming service – for an extra $30 on top of the subscription fee. The film was previously set to be one of 2020’s biggest releases. – CNET
- Seth Rogen has revealed that a potential sequel to PINEAPPLE EXPRESS never appeared due to budget concerns from Sony. This just goes to show how important it is to be aware of the commercial aspects when writing a script – even top actors and directors can fail to get projects off the ground if the budget’s too high! – Variety
- Actor Wilford Brimley, best known for starring in COCOON and THE THING – and who also appeared in shows such as THE WALTONS, SEINFELD, and WALKER, TEXAS RANGER has died at the age of 85. – Deadline
- Another sad loss for the film world this week was twice Oscar-nominated director Alan Parker, who directed such films as BUGSY MALONE, MISSISSIPI BURNING, and MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. The Brit’s films won a combined 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes, and 10 Oscars. – Deadline
Things might be tough for cinemas right now, but producers are still actively searching for scripts for their next projects. If you’ve got a script you want to get out there, we offer guaranteed pitching to industry for the top 3 scripts in all our contests, as well as the winners of our genre awards!