July 13 – Self/less

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Self/lessMeet on the 20th Century Fox studio lot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay SELF/LESS.

When a wealthy man dying of cancer has his consciousness transferred into a healthy body, he discovers the mystery of his new body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Mirror Mirror).

Written by brothers David Pastor & Alex Pastor, who were nominated for two Gaudi Awards last year for writing and directing the dystopian thriller The Last Days in which the entire population of the world is stricken with agoraphobia so severe, if they step outside they will die.

Universal’s Focus Features relaunches its action/horror/sci-fi label Gramercy Pictures with Self/less as its second new release since 2001.

Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars as the new and improved version of Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, House of Sand and Fog). Also starring Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher), and five-time Emmy nominee Victor Garber (Alias).

Release date: July 10 (Gramercy Pictures). If you plan to see the film before the meeting, reading the script before seeing the movie is advised.

Rated PG-13. 116 minutes. 118 pages. Sci-fi, Thriller.

Peter RussellPETER RUSSELL will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Peter started as a story analyst reading thousands of scripts for Imagine, Participant, HBO, CBS, Walden, and more. He began teaching screenwriting at UCLA in 2004, and in 2009 was named UCLA Extension Instructor of the Year for Film & Television. Recently, he was invited to teach television pilot creation for Pepperdine University’s Seaver College Screenwriting MFA program. Along with Celia Stewart Russell, he has discovered deep, hidden patterns in the best films and developed The Storymaker, a process for quickly developing an original, complex, vivid story from a single idea. Meet Peter in person at StoryBoard on July 13, and find out more about his seminars, workshops, and online classes at How Movies Work (howmovieswork.com).

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  1. UPDATE: SELF/LESS opened in eighth place on August 9, 2015, in wide release (2,353 screens) with $5.4 million, while MINIONS nabbed more than 21 times that amount for its opening on the same weekend on over 4,000 screens. In its first four weeks of release, SELF/LESS has earned only $12 million of its estimated $26 million budget, making it director Tarsem’s second lowest grossing movie to date.


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