Richard Regen to Write Biopic of New York Jets Star Bart Scott

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Richard Regen has been tapped to adapt the life of New York Jets Pro-Bowl linebacker Bart Scott for the silver screen.  Writing for former New Line execs. Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne’s Unique Pictures label, Deadline reports that Regen will be charged with “generating an inspiring film in the vein of The Blind Side.”  While Regen could have a difficult time recreating the critical and commercial success that followed John Lee Hancock’s film, it won’t be due to a lack of drama from the source material.  Scott was raised by a single-mother in a violent neighborhood in Detroit and his unlikely rise to stardom began with his receiving zero offers to play Division I football (leading him to play Division I-AA football for the Salukis of Southern Illinois University a.k.a. “my alma mater”).

Ostensibly, Regen’s script would revolve around such obstacles and Scott’s improbable rise to the NFL.  Unfortunately, the lack of a heroic White figure helping Scott overcome seemingly insurmountable odds probably won’t help his film’s chances of matching the commercial success enjoyed by The Blind Side.  As for Regen, in addition to the as-of-yet untitled biopic, he previously scripted Tehran (formerly on the Black List before being optioned by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment) and Chasing the Dragon, a memoir about the Chinese Civil War for Universal and Tribeca Film (Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s production company).

THE LORD OF THE RINGS Lawsuit Finally Gets Settled

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I don’t think there were any real worries that “The Hobbit” would be stopped from going forward thanks to the long ongoing legal disputes between New Line and The Tolkien Trust.  In case if you were worrying though, you can now breathe and sleep easily tonight.  News has now come out that everything is settled and that “The Hobbit” will still go along as planned.  You can read all about it when you follow me after the jump.

Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin Interview THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE

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Writing any movie is difficult, no matter if the script is fiction or non-fiction. But while writing any script is hard work, trying to write a movie based on a very popular book like “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is an almost impossible task. After all, you’ve got to leave out scenes that might work on the page, but on a movie screen, they don’t further the story. Also, whoever has read the book has their own vision of the movie in their head, so whatever you write won’t be what the reader imagined. So, like I said, it’s a very difficult task. But based on the reaction from the people who read the book, fans of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife” shouldn’t worry, as the people I spoke with really enjoyed the film.

So to help promote the film, I recently attended the New York City press day for “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and got to participate in a roundtable interview with screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (“Ghost”, “Jacob’s Lader”). During the interview he talked about his desire to take on the material, writing the script, how he’s working on the musical of “Ghost”, and a lot more. Take a look after the jump:

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