Marvel Entertainment has a lot of films planned for the coming years.
Those films, of course, need writers. Teams of writers, from those fleshing out initial treatments to the final, polished screenplays.
According to Variety, Marvel is putting together a group of writers who will handle the task in a manner similar to the fellowship program Disney has been running since 1990. IN that program, the writers work to develop films for all the Disney outlets – ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel and the Disney Studios proper.
Marvel will invite up to five writers each year to work on specific projects, said a source familiar with the deal. Those could include staffers behind Marvel's comicbooks. Tenpercenteries around town are currently pitching potential candidates with writing samples.The company will provide the specific pitches it wants the scribes to tackle. Those could involve certain plot points for movies already in development or characters it would like to see in its future film slate. Gathering of scribes will help Marvel come up with creative ways to launch its lesser-known properties, such as Black Panther, Cable, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nighthawk and Vision. So far, it has focused its efforts on more popular superheroes like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America. It was especially encouraged when Iron Man, who wasn't as well known as Spider-Man, Superman or Batman, was able to cross over and launch a new franchise with a $582 million haul at the worldwide B.O. Writers will receive a salary for the year. Disney fellows receive around $50,000. Marvel's payment could double that.
The current group of writers working on Marvel’s film projects, such as Justin Theroux, Mark Protosevich, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Zak Penn, who are currently working on Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers, respectively, will not be part of the group, Variety reports.
Nikki Finke has more, as a source has told her:
Marvel comic book writers are not excluded from applying. One source tells me the terms of the program "are apparently more onerous than the terms of the Disney Writers Program. Before the writers are even allowed to come in and meet, they must sign a non-disclosure agreement and a 70-page, non-negotiable contract. Among other things, the contract gives Marvel ownership over everything the writers create during the one year term of [the] deal, plus a first look and last refusal to any and all projects the writers have previously written or will write for 24 months in the future."