Trailer: MGM: Women Talking

Sarah Polley, writer and director of Women Talking (2022), discusses her new film with John August and Craig Mazin in Episode 583 of Scriptnotes.

For those interested, John’s shownotes include a link to an undated copy of the screenplay. I gather it’s very different to Polley’s finished film.


Trailer: HBO: The Last of Us (2023-)

Very excited to see what Craig Mazin has been up to since Chernobyl (2019).

The trailer for his The Last of Us adaption has certainly piqued my interest. I don’t know the game it’s based on, games just aren’t my thing, but I do have an unquenchable apatite for post-apocalyptic drama.

The Last of Us

Trailer: Netflix: Army of the Dead

I’m a big fan of Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s classic Dawn of the Dead (1978). Snyder’s version is less of a social commentary than Romero’s but James Gunn’s screenplay has a punchy irony that adds to the gory thrills. I really hope the insanity in the trailer for Army delivers. It has the feel the third act from Snyder’s Dawn, that feeling of insurmountable odds.

There is one thing from the trailer that bothers me. I ‘m not sure about “smart” zombies. Just the idea of a strategising zombie seems to contradict the nature of being undead. I hope Snyder doesn’t give the zombies too much agency. Zombies are mindless agents of instinct, flesh eating monster, not wild animals.

The truth is, it really doesn’t matter what they are, I’m still going to watch the movie.

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