December 14 – The Big Short

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Meet on the Fox Studios backlot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay THE BIG SHORT.

Four outsiders in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s and decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed in this true story based on the book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side).

Screenwriters: ADAM McKAY (Ant-Man, Get Hard, Saturday Night Live) and CHARLES RANDOLPH (Love & Other Drugs, The Interpreter). Directed by Adam McKay.

Cast: Christian Bale (The Dark Knight trilogy), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Office), Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Lars and the Real Girl), Brad Pitt (Fight Club, 12 Years a Slave), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers)

Producers: Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner for Plan-B Entertainment (12 Years a Slave, Moneyball, World War Z), and Regency Enterprises (Birdman, Gone Girl).

Premiere: AFI Fest, closing night (November 12, 2015).

Release date: December 11 (limited), December 23 (wide), Paramount. If you plan to go to the movie before our meeting, reading the script before watching the film is advised.

Rated R. 130 minutes. 121 pages. Drama.

Dave KlineDAVE KLINE, senior script consultant at Script Pipeline, will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Dave co-founded Script Pipeline (formerly Script P.I.M.P.) in 2000 with Chad Clough. With Dave’s focus on contest judging and one-on-one script consultations to help writers find representation, the service has grown into a vital online outlet for agents and managers seeking emerging talent. As a writer, Dave sold his TV series, Detail, to CBS in 2011, which gained him representation at CAA. He has gone on to develop projects for Rough House Pictures, Mosaic, and Le Grisbi Productions (Black Mass). His latest pilot is being produced by Rashida Jones’s production company, Le Train Train. Dave is currently repped by George Heller at Apostle.