November 22, 2017

Screenwriting Unchained Released

screenwriting-unchained-cover-3d-croppedScreenwriting Unchained, my new non-fiction book introducing the Story-Type Method®, has been released by SCREENPLAY Unlimited Publishing. For more information, please visit www.screenwritingunchained.com.

New writing project: Beast Quest

I've recently started working - solo this time - on the film adaptation of Beast Quest, a series of children books written by Adam Blade and published by Orchard Books (2007-present).

This family/fantasy/adventure movie is produced by David Livingstone, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Films (Universal Studios). More details here.

Project at a glance: Beast Quest

Feature Film Adaptation of the series of children books by Adam Blade
Writer: Emmanuel Oberg
Producers: David Livingstone, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Films (Universal Studios)Genre: Family Film / Adventure / Fantasy
Status: out to directors
Logline: Beast Quest is a fantasy novel series published by Orchard Books. The series follows the stories of 12-year-old Tom as he ventures out from his village on a quest against evil with his companion Elenna.

Beast Quest series

News on Number9dream

Paul Webster (The Motorcycle Diaries, Atonement, Eastern Promises) has joined the project as executive producer, which is fantastic news.

The script is now out to directors.

More info on Number9dream here.

Project at a glance: Pastworld

Adaptation of the novel by Ian Beck (2009)
Writers: Emmanuel Oberg and John McKay
Producer: Paul Brooks for Gold Circle Films
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Adventure
Status: in turnaround
Logline: What if all of London were really an amusement park - a whole city returned to Victorian times to entertain visitors from the twenty-first century? That's the wildly original premise of Ian Beck's Pastworld, a high-stakes mystery set in a simulated past.

Pastworld (Wanted)

Project at a glance: No Time To Kill

Original screenplay
Writer: Emmanuel Oberg
Producer: spec script
Genre: Action Thriller
Status: in development (revised first draft)
Logline: a London SCO19 cop has 85 minutes to save his daughter who thinks she's playing with a state-of-the-art military simulator, but is in fact killing people in the real world, causing utter chaos in the city...

CO19 Team

Project at a glance: Break The Bank!

Remake of the French comedy Faites Sauter la Banque! by Jean Girault (1964)
Writers: Emmanuel Oberg and John McKay
Producer: Optimum Releasing / StudioCanal
Genre: Comedy
Status: in turnaround
Summary of the original movie: Shopkeeper Victor Garnier has naively invested his family's life savings in an African mine, on his banker's recommendation. When the mine is nationalized, rendering the stock worthless, he considers himself shamelessly robbed by the bank; it seems only fair to him to return the 'favor' and rob the bank, teaming up with the whole family as they were all duped. Even for professionals such an enterprise -he decides to dig a tunnel- is quite demanding, but for simple commoners it's daunting, as they also have their personal downsides; thus Victor's wife has a most unwelcome tendency to blurt out the truth, even to the grumpy local copper: a crazy risk when you need to keep a criminal plan secret.

Faites Sauter La Banque!

Project at a glance: Ghosthunter

Original screenplay
Writers
: John McKay and Emmanuel Oberg
Producers: Lee Thomas and Donald De Line for Warner Bros
Genre: Action/Adventure
Status: in turnaround (revised 3rd draft)

More on IMDB

Project at a glance: Number9dream

Adaptation of the novel by David Mitchell (2001), set in Japan
Writer:  Emmanuel Oberg
Director: Asif Kapadia
Producer: Lee Thomas / Pipedream Pictures for Film 4
Executive Producer: Paul Webster / Shoe Box
Genre: Yakusa thriller
Status: in development (revised second draft)
Summary of the novel: David Mitchell's second novel, number9dream, uses a similar episodic format to his brilliant debut Ghostwritten to create a coherent and assured narrative that is part yakusa thriller, part coming-of-age story. Eiji Miyake, 20, naïve and wholly loveable, encounters a frantic, exotic world when he comes to Tokyo from his small island home to find the father he has never met.

Number9dream

Project at a glance: Robin Forever

Original screenplay
Writer
: Emmanuel Oberg
Producer: spec script
Genre: Action Romantic Comedy
Status: in development (revised 4th draft)
Logline: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves meets Being John Malkovich
Paris, 2020. A right wing extremist is ruling the country, pushing homeless people and illegal immigrants outside the city. Robert, a young and shy student, turns into an improbable leader of the resistance, thanks to Robin Hood...

Robin Forever

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