The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns’ Draft

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The Oscar-winning writer behind Argo has turned in the new script.

Following the news that Ben Affleck is officially no longer on board to direct The Batman, it has been revealed that screenwriter Chris Terrio has rewritten the film’s script.

According to Deadline, a rewrite of the initial draft, which was penned by Affleck and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, has been turned in by Terrio.

Terrio wrote the screenplay for Argo, which earned him an Oscar. He also co-wrote last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with David Goyer, and wrote the screenplays for both upcoming Justice League movies off stories he developed with Zack Snyder.

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While Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, he’s still attached as producer and will star as the Caped Crusader. It was reportedly a mutual decision between Warner Bros. and Affleck that he no longer direct the standalone DC movie.

Warner has yet to set a release date for the film, but the search for a new director is now underway. For our thoughts on who should take on the task, check out our list of 9 directors who could replace Affleck.

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The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft
The Batman: BvS and Justice League Screenwriter Terrio Rewrote Affleck and Johns' Draft

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Bethesda Parent Company ZeniMax Awarded $500 Million in Oculus Lawsuit

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Jury finds that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated the terms of a non-disclosure agreement.

A Texas jury has awarded ZeniMax $500 million in its suit against Oculus.

As reported by Polygon, the jury found that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated the terms of a non-disclosure agreement, but that Oculus “did not misappropriate trade secrets as contended by ZeniMax.”

We’ve reached out to both Oculus and ZeniMax for comment.

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In closing arguments prior to today’s decision, ZeniMax lawyer Anthony Sammi argued that ZeniMax should have been given $2 billion, plus another $2 billion in punitive damages. Oculus attorney Beth Wilkinson contended that the lawsuit “was driven by ZeniMax’s embarrassment, jealousy and anger, not facts,” according to Polygon.

John Carmack and Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe were named as defendants in the case in August.

Facebook claimed the suit was a response to ZeniMax having passed on its own chance to acquire Oculus. Both Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey took the stand during the case.

Zuckerberg said the case against his company showed a common occurrence in which people “come out of the woodwork and claim that they just own some portion of the deal.”

ZeniMax’s claim against Facebook and Oculus stemmed from accusations that Carmack, who worked at ZeniMax previous to moving to Oculus, returned to ZeniMax and took code and a tool used for developing VR, something Carmack denied.

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$500 Million Awarded To ZeniMax In Lawsuit Over The Oculus Rift

ZeniMax Media has been awarded $500 million in its lawsuit against Oculus, which alleged that virtual reality technology it owns was stolen and used to develop the Oculus Rift.

ZeniMax, the parent company of video game developers such as Fallout maker Bethesda Softworks, had been seeking $4 billion. Half of that was in the form of compensation, while the other half was for punitive damages.

$500 Million Awarded To ZeniMax In Lawsuit Over The Oculus Rift

The trial began in January and saw high-profile appearances from the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Following several days of deliberations, a jury today found Oculus liable of copyright and trademark infringement, as well as having breached a ZeniMax non-disclosure agreement.

Facebook was cleared of the charges it faced, while Oculus is responsible for $250 million of the half-billion owed to ZeniMax. The two companies weren’t the only defendants; Oculus executives were also named and have been found liable. Former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe (who recently stepped down for a different role) owes $150 million for trademark infringement, while founder Palmer Luckey and CTO John Carmack each owe $50 million. Notably, Carmack is a former ZeniMax employee.

A key issue in the case was whether work Carmack had done at ZeniMax enabled the creation of the Oculus Rift. ZeniMax, as you’d suspect, believes it did and argued that code used to power the Oculus features indications it stems from ZeniMax work.

According to Law360, Carmack and others claimed none of the code he worked on at ZeniMax was used in the version of the Rift that existed when Facebook bought Oculus. Carmack did admit to having copied emails (and source code) from his time at ZeniMax but claimed he wrote new code while at Oculus. ZeniMax also alleged that Palmer demoed VR games created by Carmack in the early days of Oculus’s existence, and that these helped make it possible for the company to be founded.

Presumably there will be appeals to come, so this likely isn’t the end of the matter. We’ve reached out to both Oculus and ZeniMax for comment but have not yet received a response. We’ll report back as we learn more.

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New PlayStation VR Bundle Announced

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The Until Dawn: Rush of Blood package is exclusive to GameStop and EB Games.

Sony will release a new PlayStation VR bundle later this month that includes Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

Unveiled on the PlayStation Blog, the package is exclusive to GameStop and EB Games. The PlayStation VR Until Dawn: Rush of Blood bundle comes with the headset, camera, game, two Move controllers and PlayStation VR demo disc.

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The PlayStation VR Until Dawn: Rush of Blood bundle will only be sold at GameStop and EB Games.

In addition, Sony is also bringing back the PlayStation VR launch bundle next week. It’s not exclusive to any stores like the Until Dawn package.

Both PlayStation VR bundles will retail for $499 ($699 CAD) when they release this month.

For more, be sure to check out IGN’s review of PlayStation VR.

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IGN Unfiltered Episode 15: RPG Legend Feargus Urquhart

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Don’t miss hearing about Paris Hilton’s “vag blast”…

Longtime Black Isle Studios and Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart shares stories about his career, including working with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, getting burned by big publishers, building his own IP, and more!

If you’d rather listen than watch, here’s an audio-only download link.

Here are a couple of clips, first of Urquhart explaining how he was working on a Fallout 3 that wasn’t Van Buren and obviously not the one Bethesda made:

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And here’s Urquhart discussing how Obsidian was originally tapped to make the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution:

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Catch up on every episode of IGN Unfiltered here.