Jeremiah[ edit ] Straczynski also ran Jeremiah , loosely based on the Belgian post-apocalyptic comic of the same name , from Straczynski ran the series for two seasons but was frustrated with the conflicting directions that MGM and Showtime wanted from the show, [44] and even used the pseudonym "Fettes Grey" for the first time since Spiral Zone on one of the scripts. In the second season, Straczynski decided to leave the show if things did not improve, [45] and the show ended after 2 seasons. Changeling[ edit ] Straczynski wrote Changeling , a psychological drama film based partly on the "Wineville Chicken Coop" kidnapping and murder case in Los Angeles , California. On how his journalistic background helped him write the film, Straczynski stated: It was hugely important.

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Screenwriter J. Straczynski explained his newly-shaved face as being the result of a shaving accident. Apparently, the cleaning people at his hotel knocked his electric shaver onto the ground, and when they picked it up, they accidentally changed the length setting, so when he woke up to shave, he ended up taking a whole chunk of his beard off. It was a laid back, fun panel as Straczynski let fans pepper him with questions.

The first fan opened by mentioning they had just finished a first draft of their screenplay and wondered how many more drafts it usually takes until you have a final one. The new script idea came to him over Christmas vacation, and once complete, it took less than a week for the script to be picked up by the studio. That said, negotiations are still ongoing. Not much was revealed about the story, but it was described as an adventure mystery.

Someone had to interview all those people, and thus he figured out his central character for the film. The writer then took a moment to share something personal, telling the crowd that growing up he had to move 21 times in 18 years, that he had a horrible father, whom he described as both a drunk and wife beater.

Straczynski had not seen any of his family in 25 years, even when his father passed away last February. The happy ending to his story is that right before the panel started, he saw his sister for the first time in years. He wants to improve as a writer before he returns to monthly work, as he prefers having a longer lead-time to complete a script and improve on drafts.

The time it takes for him to finish a script varies per medium, but on average it takes him about five days to complete a comic script, after he has thought about the idea from beginning to end, having the story fully realized in his head before he sits down to type. Also on the film front, JMS has written four drafts of The Lensmen for Universal, but the studio is unsure if the property is known enough by the public to be a success.


J. Michael Straczynski

Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski, is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 — and its spinoff Crusade , as well as the series Jeremiah — , and Sense8 — Straczynski wrote the psychological drama film Changeling and was co-writer on the martial arts thriller Ninja Assassin , horror film Underworld: Awakening , and apocalyptic horror film World War Z A prolific writer across a variety of media and former journalist, Straczynski is the author of the novels Blood Night , Othersyde , and Tribulations , the short fiction collection Straczynski Unplugged , and the nonfiction book The Complete Book of Scriptwriting Straczynski is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online since


Development[ edit ] "He Brad Pitt took me through how excited he was when he read the book, what was exciting for him, the geopolitical aspect of it. But when we started working on the script, a lot of that stuff had to fall away for the story to come together. Michael Straczynski , who identified the challenge in adapting the work as "creating a main character out of a book that reads as a UN report on the zombie wars. The last draft I read was amazing. Also in August, filming was set to take place along a road on the perimeter of the Grangemouth Refinery in Grangemouth , Scotland. The location was chosen for the length of the road which is crucial to the shot. The location manager for the film said Glasgow had been chosen because of its architecture, wide roads, and grid layout.





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