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‘Counterpart’ Canceled at Starz After Two Seasons, But It Might Be Picked Up Elsewhere

Before the likes of Netflix and Hulu came around, most shows that got canceled were gone forever. But thanks to the popularity of streaming services, we’re now living in an age where the axing of a show doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dead. Another show has been added to the purgatory of cancellation for the time being, but there’s a chance it might be picked up elsewhere. Counterpart is a sci-fi espionage thriller at Starz starring J.K. Simmons that has been running for two seasons. Sadly, the s...
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Starz Gives Counterpart The Axe

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Starz gives Counterpart the axe Despite two highly acclaimed seasons for the premium cable network, the sci-fi espionage thriller Counterpart will not be getting a third season from Starz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAloneSizeMapping = googl...
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‘Counterpart’ Cancelled at Starz After Two Seasons

Starz has pulled the plug on the J.K. Simmons spy drama “Counterpart” after two seasons. The drama hailed from MRC and Anonymous Content. The series airs its final episode on Sunday. Showrunner and creator Justin Marks disclosed the cancellation Monday morning via Twitter. Thank you to everyone who made this journey so special for us. […]
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Jennifer Connelly Feels the Need For Speed, Joins ‘Top Gun 2’

Top Gun 2, aka Top Gun: Maverick, may have just found its new leading lady: Jennifer Connelly. Connelly is in early talks to join Tom Cruise and Miles Teller in the sequel to the 1986 high-flying action flick. More Jennifer Connelly in movies is never a bad thing, so let’s all remain optimistic about the actress joining the Top Gun 2 cast. THR is reporting that Connelly is in talks to play the female lead in the film, described as “a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base.” Co...
Tags: Movies, Casting, Navy, Cruise, Sequels, Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures, Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Val Kilmer, Connelly, Charlie, Jennifer-Connelly, Miles Teller, Justin Marks, Marks


Scriptnotes, Ep 356: Writing Animated Movies — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 356 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. This week Craig and I have switched places. He is in Europe while I am back in Los Angeles. Luckily I am not alone. Across from me I have Linda Woolverton, a screenwriter whose credits include The Lion King, Homeward Bound, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and of cours...
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How the ‘Counterpart’ Team Created Two Howards in One Scene

In Justin Marks’ espionage thriller, mild-mannered Howard (J.K. Simmons) learns there is an alternate version of the world — and in it he has a double, Howard Prime (also Simmons). In the premiere, the two men are alone together for the first time, feeling each other out, testing each other’s memories and getting to know […]
Tags: Features, Emmys, Simmons, Justin Marks, Counterpart, Howard J K Simmons


‘Top Gun 2’ First Look: Tom Cruise Feels the Need for Speed All Over Again

This month marked 32 years since Top Gun flew into theaters. The Paramount Pictures film directed by Tony Scott is still a favorite of action movie fans, and for decades they’ve wanted to see Tom Cruise get back in the cockpit for a sequel. It’s been a long road to get here, but production has finally started on Top Gun 2, and the first photo from the film has been revealed. Check it out below. Top Gun 2 First Look Photo Tom Cruise posted the above image to Twitter accompanied by the hasht...
Tags: Images, Movies, Sequels, Tom-Cruise, Paramount Pictures, Top Gun, Tony Scott, Justin Marks, Kosinski, Joseph-Kosinski, Action/Adventure, Top Gun 2, Top Gun: Maverick, Eric Warren Singer Previously Cruise


Ask a Showrunner: Justin Marks on the ‘Counterpart’ Finale, and Why Unsexy Is the New Sexy

The science fiction spy thriller ended its first season Sunday night.
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Perris Auto Speedway ready for new season, same steady announcer

Perris Auto Speedway officially begins its new season Saturday night as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series headlines the program that will also feature USAC/CRA Sprint Car, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Guns. It’s also American Cancer Society Night, which benefit the Up, Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure “It’s going to be one heck of an opener,” said promoter Don Kazarian. “It’s so hard to believe that this is the 23rd season, it’s all gone by so fast. We have crammed a lot of racing in th...
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Sony Sells Spy Drama ‘Counterpart’ in 40 International Territories

Sony Pictures Television has secured deals for spy drama “Counterpart” in over 40 international territories including China, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Russia and Canada. The series, created by Justin Marks, stars Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons in dual roles. It premiered in the U.S. on Starz in December and ranks at the premium cable network’s top show […]
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Sony Seals International Sales on Spy Drama ‘Counterpart’

Sony Pictures Television has secured deals for spy drama “Counterpart” in more than 40 international territories including China, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Russia and Canada. The series, created by Justin Marks, stars Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons in dual roles. It premiered in the U.S. on Starz in December and ranks at the premium cable network’s top […]
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How ‘Counterpart’ Creator Justin Marks Created Two Worlds With Very Specific Rules [Interview]

Starz’s new original series Counterpart gives J.K. Simmons the role of a lifetime. Well, at least by sheer volume – playing a double role gives him twice as much material. Simmons plays Howard, a regular joe working a desk job, who one day meets himself. The other Howard comes from a parallel world that was just discovered,and he’s a badass spy. Normally regulated so that counterparts never meet, the spy Howard needs to involve the original Howard, which raises many questions for the Howard fin...
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‘The Jungle Book 2’ Will Resurrect Unused Disney Ideas, Explore More Rudyard Kipling Stories [TCA 2018]

During /Film’s interview with screenwriter Justin Marks, creator of Starz’s new series Counterpart, we asked about his screenplay for the developing live-action Jungle Book sequel. The Jungle Book 2 was announced back in April of 2016, but we haven’t heard much on development since then. Jon Favreau is busy directing a new version of The Lion King in a way similar to how he made The Jungle Book, so it’s tough to say when we might see the sequel. Thankfully, Marks offered some details as to what...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Sequels, Adaptation, Starz, Jon-Favreau, Walt Disney, The Jungle Book, Jon, Peet, Favreau, Mowgli, Justin-Marks, Kipling, Marks, Disney/Pixar


Will ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Feature a New Love Interest for the Cocky Fighter Pilot? [TCA 2018]

Screenwriter Justin Marks appeared on a Television Critics Association panel for his Starz series Counterpart (which we’ll have more about in the coming weeks), but afterwards, we got the chance to ask about the screenplay for Top Gun: Maverick, of which Marks wrote an early draft. Tom Cruise is back for the long-awaited, long-gestating sequel to the 1986 fighter pilot movie directed by the late Tony Scott, and Val Kilmer wants in too. But what about Kelly McGillis? Will she be back as Charlie?...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Sequels, Starz, Times, Tom-Cruise, Paramount Pictures, Top Gun, Val Kilmer, Television Critics Association, Charlie, Maverick, Tony Scott, Justin Marks, Marks, Kelly McGillis


Scriptnotes, Ep 328: Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 328 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be looking at how you pitch a television show. We’ll also wade back into the turbulent waters of sexual harassment to discuss what the responsibilities are of men, women, and labor unions to remed...
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Five-Star Podnerships

John and Craig discuss showrunning, remaking existing IP, staffing, and fan behavior with Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Michael Green (Bladerunner 2049, American Gods, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan), and Justin Marks (Jungle Book, Counterpart). In light of the big Fox/Disney merger, we contemplate which other podcasts we should consider teaming with to preserve our market share and bottom line. We also take a look at some questionable five-star reviews. Recorded with a liv...
Tags: Television, News, Film Industry, Adaptation, John, Craig, Julie Plec, Justin Marks, Michael Green, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, QandA, Random Advice, Fox Disney, Orient Express Logan


‘Counterpart’ Team on Defining Identity Through Two Unique Worlds in the Starz Spy Thriller

What if you were a grown adult working a seemingly mundane bureaucratic job, caring for your comatose wife, and you learned that there existed not only another version of yourself but of the whole world? Suddenly questions of true self, identity, and nature versus nurture would permeate even the simplest everyday interactions. At least, that […]
Tags: News, Features, Starz, Justin Marks, JK Simmons, Jordan Horowitz, Counterpart


Counterpart Trailer: J.K. Simmons Stars in the Spy Series

Counterpart trailer for the J.K. Simmons spy series Starz announced today that the 10-episode first season of new Original series Counterpart will premiere on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 8PM ET/PT. Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons stars in two roles in this spy thriller from creator Justin Marks and MRC, and executive producers Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. The official trailer provides the first look into a captivating world of espionage, intrigue, and government conspiracies. Check ...
Tags: TV, Movies, Berlin, Los Angeles, United Nations, TV News, Starz, Streaming, Amy Berg, Mrc, Olivia Williams, Howard, Gilbert, Baldwin, Aldrich, Clare


‘Top Gun 2’ Gets a New Writer, Still on Track for July 2019 Despite Tom Cruise Inury

Since a sequel to Top Gun has been in development for years, we won’t really believe it’s happening until the cameras are rolling. But for now, with director Joseph Kosinski set to direct the film with a July 2019 release date, this is the closest Top Gun 2 has ever been to becoming a reality. Recently, there has been some concern from Paramount Pictures as to whether or not production on Top Gun: Maverick would be able to begin on time. But thanks to some recent remarks from producer Jerry Bru...
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Joseph Kosinski the Frontrunner to Direct Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun 2’

The idea of a Top Gun 2 has been floating around Hollywood for nearly a decade. It flew through a rough patch of air following the 2012 suicide of original Top Gun director Tony Scott, but a couple of years later, Paramount and producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired The Jungle Book writer Justin Marks to rewrite the script. Star Tom Cruise is still very much involved, and now a new report indicates that the project may have finally found someone to lead this sequel back to the Danger Zone: Tron: Lega...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Cruise, Sequels, Tom-Cruise, Paramount Pictures, Top Gun, Paramount, Val Kilmer, Variety, Jerry Bruckheimer, Maverick, Tony Scott, Justin Marks, Kosinski, Joseph-Kosinski


Disney’s Live-Action Remakes: A Comprehensive List of the Films in Development

last updated Nov 3 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Remake in development: A live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is coming, with Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) writing the script. The new film will be a musical with original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). Note: this is a distinct project from The Order of the Seven, a revisionist retelling that Disney was working on a few years ago that has since been killed. Spinoff in development: Di...
Tags: Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Lionsgate, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Hood, Tim Burton, Disney, Tom Hanks, Fox, Guillermo Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Broadway, Sony, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Cinderella


J.K. Simmons in First Photos from Starz Series Counterpart

J.K. Simmons in first photos from Starz series Counterpart The Starz Original series Counterpart began production on the 10-episode first season of the spy thriller starring J.K. Simmons from MRC (Media Rights Capital), Gilbert Films, and Anonymous Content. Filming has commenced in Los Angeles and will continue in additional locations across the U.S. and Europe in 2017. Check out the first photos from the show in the gallery below! The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist stars Oscar ...
Tags: Europe, TV, Jennifer Lawrence, Movies, Los Angeles, TV News, Manhattan, Starz, Chris Pratt, Morten Tyldum, Hudson, Michael Nyqvist, Howard, Baldwin, Chekhov, Simmons


Universal Developing Live-Action Voltron with Watchmen Screenwriter

Universal developing live-action Voltron with Watchmen screenwriter Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is developing a live-action version of the hit animated series Voltron for the big screen and they’ve hired Watchmen screenwriter David Hayer to script the project. Tom Engelman of The Chronicles of Riddick and The Lone Ranger will produce. The original Voltron series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States fro...
Tags: Movies, Netflix, United States, Deadline, Universal Pictures, Cloverfield, Mark Gordon, Justin Marks, Riddick, ComingSoon, Movie News, Voltron, Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, Voltron Force on Nickelodeon, Tom Engelman


The Jungle Book on Blu-ray & FREE Activities

Disclosure:  Disney provided me with a product to facilitate this post.  The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly of my own. Disney’s epic adventure “The Jungle Book,” arrives on Blu-ray August 30th!  The beloved Walt Disney’s animated classic was directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), written by Justin Marks, and based on... Read More » The post The Jungle Book on Blu-ray & FREE Activities appeared first on A Happy Hippy Mom.
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Scriptnotes, Ep 248: Pitching an Open Writing Assignment — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Sexy Craig. John: And this is Episode 248 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show we’ll be talking about how you pitch on an open writing assignment, plus we’ll try to tackle the question of whitewashing Asian roles in feature films. Craig: Mm, yeah, that does sound kind of sexy. John:...
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Disney Locks Down New Release Dates Through 2019 for Live-Action Projects

Riding high off the recent success of The Jungle Book, Disney has gone ahead and locked in four more release dates through 2019. Two of those will go to live-action fairy tales — which, combined with earlier announcements about Disney’s release dates, brings the total of live-action fairy tales on the studio’s slate to six. And to help you figure out which ones might go where, the studio has also released official details on several live-action projects currently in development.  Here are the...
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