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20th Century Fox Seeks Original Screenwriters (Chaos Ensues)

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Let the claws come out! Twentieth Century Fox has announced that they will launch a new in-house writers program, bringing on a group of emerging writers to generate original work, reports Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood. Quoting a statement released from the studio, Finke writes:

“The goal for this enterprise is to create a place where original ideas are generated and where new writers can feel supported to do their best work,” [president of production Emma] Watts said.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, five writers will be brought on to work on comedy, and five will be brought on to work on action/adventure. Heading up the comedy team will be Nicholas Weinstock, former Chernin Entertainment executive vice president, and former vice president of development at Lucasfilm Ltd. Steve Tzirlin will lead the action/adventure team. The two will hire writers along with Watts.

The writers will focus on creating new material rather than rewriting old scripts or turning books into movies, notes Finke.

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