New Writers Bring Buzz to 'Justice League Dark,' 'Maleficent 2,' 'Top Gun: Maverick'

New Writers Bring Buzz to 'Justice League Dark,' 'Maleficent 2,' 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Aug 30, 2017

Housebound

In Hollywood, it's not unusual for a procession of writers to labor away on scripts for movies that may never get made. But it's striking that we've just heard about new writers hired to work on a trio of high-profile projects that are all eagerly awaited. Here are the details.
 

Justice League Dark

Who is the new writer?

Gerard Johnstone, according to Deadline. He's best known for writing and directing the excellent comic thriller Housebound (pictured at top; watch the trailer above).

Who worked on the script before?

Guillermo del Toro, who was also slated to direct at one point.

Why the change?

Director Doug Liman boarded the project in August 2016 but departed this past May. It may be that Warner Bros. and DC would like to fine-tune the script while they search for a new director. Johnstone, by the way, is described by Deadline as an "aspirant" to direct the superhero team-up movie.

 

Maleficent 2

Who is the new writer?

Jez Butterworth, per The Tracking Board. His credits include Edge of Tomorrow, Black Mass and SPECTRE.

Who worked on the script before?

Linda Woolverton, who also wrote Maleficent. Her many credits include the animated versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Why the change?

It's difficult to say. No suggestions were offered in the report, so it could be a scheduling issue for Woolverton, or perhaps Disney just decided to go in a different direction. At this point, we haven't even heard any hints about the story for the sequel. Angelina Jolie remains attached to reprise her role as a character known as a villain in Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty.

 

Top Gun: Maverick

Who is the new writer?

Eric Warren Singer, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as reported by FilmStarts (via Slashfilm). His credits include The International and American Hustle, as well as the upcoming Only the Brave and Red Sparrow.

Who worked on the script before?

Justin Marks, known for Jon Favreau's live-action The Jungle Book.

Why the change?

Tom Cruise is confirmed to star and Joseph Kosinski is confirmed to direct; the movie has been scheduled to open on July 12, 2019. Thus, Slashfilm speculates: "He’s likely doing a rewrite for one last pass before the film goes into production" early next year.

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