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Development: Paramount picks up David Koepp's first novel; The CW sets DC crossover air dates; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark starts shooting

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Aug 21, 2018, 8:10 PM EDT

The writer of Jurassic Park has sold the rights to his first novel, The CW sets the airdates for its annual DC crossover event, and a new movie produced by Guillermo del Toro goes in front of the cameras... all in today's development news.

First up, Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp, whose other credits include the first Spider-Man (2002), War of the Worlds (2005), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) (he was also working on Indiana Jones 5 until recently), has not only completed his first novel but already sold the film rights.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has won a bidding war for the book, titled Cold Storage. Koepp just sold the novel itself earlier this month to HarperCollins. The plot is being kept secret for now, but the story is described as a "cool genre novel" about a virus that is accidentally unleashed on the world from a government lab.

Koepp will produce the film version of his book and also write the screenplay. He's a director as well, with films like Stir of Echoes and The Trigger Effect under his belt, but there's no word on whether he'll direct this one as well.

He is currently getting ready to direct You Should Have Left, based on the eerie novel by Daniel Kehlmann. The movie will reunite Koepp with his Stir of Echoes star Kevin Bacon.

DC Crossover

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The CW's big annual DC superhero show crossover is now officially on the calendar. After spreading it across four shows over two nights last year, the 2018 edition will be featured on three series over three consecutive evenings.

According to the network, the event will take place from Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, with The Flash airing in Supergirl's usual Sunday night slot on the 9th, while the latter will take the Scarlet Speedster's regular berth on Tuesday, the 11th.

Arrow will stay in its regular Monday night spot on the 10th, with all three shows airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Somewhere in those three hours of comic book goodness we'll be introduced to Ruby Rose in the role of Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, who will make her debut among the other heroes before heading off to her own series.

If you're wondering why The CW's fourth DC series, Legends of Tomorrow, won't be involved in the crossover this time, during San Diego Comic-Con, executive producer Keto Shimizu told CinemaBlend:

"...tonally, we are so different from those other shows at this point, it's hard to jump back into that world with the other Arrow-verse shows. And we did it last year, and it was of course this gargantuan production and pre-production. It was crazy. For four shows to do that again, and to try and make it bigger than last time, I just don't think it's possible."

Shimizu added that she felt Legends would be "better served" by sitting out the crossover and avoiding the intense production coordination required to make it all work, especially since the show has "distanced itself" to some degree from the other DC series both in terms of tone and location.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the trilogy of children's books by Alvin Schwartz, is slated to begin shooting later this week, according to producer Guillermo del Toro. The Oscar-winning Del Toro was at one time slated to direct the movie, but since he remains for now on a directing hiatus, he's turned those duties over to Norwegian filmmaker Andre Ovredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe).

Del Toro himself, who also co-wrote the script with Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie), tweeted today that cameras were going to start rolling in a few days in Toronto.

Schwartz’s books, which were controversial for their violence and nightmarish imagery when published between 1981 and 1991, were collections of short horror tales based on folklore and urban legends. The movie seems to be telling one overall story, in which a group of teens "must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.” There's no release date for the film yet.

(via Bloody-Disgusting)