"In a world where the barriers to the craft of filmmaking are less than ever before, we are thrilled to be part of this opportunity to find and nuture the next great filmmaking talent," says Brian Robbins, President of Paramount Players, who along with BET Networks launched PROJECT CR8 for aspiring screenwriters. Original screenplays can be submitted through March 3, 2018 at BET.com/CR8
 

This weekend belongs, unqestionably, to Black Panther. That being said, many people don’t recall (or maybe never knew) Wesley Snipes tried to bring the iconic comic book character to the big screen two decades ago. Things fell through and Snipes ended up bringing Blade to life instead in 1998.

Blade, of course, marks the beginning of films based on comic books (despite the fact that Snipes was apparently unaware Blade came from the world of comic books). The black vampire who did marshal arts (and wore a cool black leather coat like Shaft) stood alone as the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploded until this weekend when Black Panther has taken unapologetically and unequivicably taken over the box office. Fortunately, Black Panther is unlikely to be the opposite bookend from Blade but the start of something even more special.

Discover more about the fascinating Hollywood backstory behind two iconic superheroes of color in Episode #80: Wesley Snipes talks Blade and Black Panther from Slate Represent over on Panoply. It’s worth the listen just to hear Snipes “Rawrr” not to mention the hints he drops about upcoming possibilities….

Variety is reporting that Originals creator Julie Plec is expanding her horizons right out of this world. The move isn't entirely surprising, given that she's been living, well writing about, bloodsuckers and shifters since 2009. The good news is: she taking fans with her! No word on yet on when production will begin let alone possible air dates but it will be a CW property, perhaps part of the network's expanded Sunday night programming.... We can only hope.
Julie Plec will direct and executive produce the pilot of the “Roswell” reboot at the CW, Variety has learned. If the project is ordered to series, Plec would also serve as an executive producer on the series through her My So-Called Company production banner. This is the latest chapter in Plec’s longstanding relationship with the CW.…
via ‘Originals’ Creator Julie Plec to Direct ‘Roswell’ Reboot Pilot at CW — Variety