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WME Signs Oscar-Nominated ‘Nebraska’ Scribe Bob Nelson

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 7:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

bobnelsonEXCLUSIVE: Hot on the heels of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Nebraska, Bob Nelson has signed with WME. Nelson wrote that script a decade ago and waited this long for Alexander Payne to make it. They’ve joked that they were waiting for Will Forte, Bruce Dern and June Squibb to reach the right ages, but the 57-year old Nelson’s sudden trajectory is remarkable. He has long been represented by Todd Hoffman, and he became in play after Hoffman left ICM to become a manager at Storied Media Group and took Nelson with him. Nelson took meetings with all the agencies this week.

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While it took a decade for his first script to get made, Nelson is looking to expedite the process considerably for his second film. He has finished a new script, The Confirmation, and intends to direct it. He’s going to reunite with Nebraska producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who will begin to put the film together shortly. Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Nebraska’ Screenwriter Bob Nelson: “I Will Be In A Lot Of Trouble When This Comes Out” (Video)

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 4:52pm PST
Pete Hammond

After first appearing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May where it won the Best Actor prize for Bruce Dern, Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska has been turning up at various festivals including Telluride, New York and London and now finally opens in theaters Friday. Appearing on the Paramount Pictures panel at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS event, screenwriter Bob Nelson talked about an even longer period of time just to get it made. For ten years Payne has had his script and now the time was finally right to get it done. Nelson took inspiration from his own mid-western family and says he’s a little worried about their reaction once they see the movie.

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