Quick News: WGA, Stranger, Johannson, Grip

2018 WGA Awards
The 2018 WGA Awards were handed out at two concurrent ceremonies on Sunday evening in New York and Los Angeles with James Ivory’s adapted screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name” and Jordan Peele’s original screenplay for “Get Out” taking top honors. Both are now front runners for their awards. On the TV front it was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” “Veep,” “Flint” and “Will & Grace” who took top honors. [Source: WGA]

Stranger Things
After jumping up to nine episodes for the second season, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” will drop back down to eight episodes for its upcoming third outing. Filming begins in April and the action of the new season once again jumps one year forward, this time it’s 1985. No release date is set but last season premiered eleven months after it began filming so a very early 2019 release is likely. [Source: TV Line]

R.I.P. Johann Johannson
Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, who has been Denis Villeneuve’s go to man for his scores, has died at the age of 48 – cause of death is unknown at this time. Along with Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” “Prisoners” and “Arrival,” he also did the scores for the likes of “mother!,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Mary Magdalene,” “For Ellen,” “The Mercy,” and Netflix’s “The OA”. [Source: Variety]

The Singapore Grip
ITV is set to adapt J.G. Farrell’s 1978 WW2 novel “The Singapore Grip” with Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Quiet American”) penning the six-part series for Mammoth Screen (“Poldark,” “Victoria”). The story follows a British family of rubber merchants living a life of luxury in Singapore while the war in Europe rages. Soon things take a turn when the Japanese invade. [Source: Deadline]