why is Chloé Zhao mentioned twice in the screenplay?

A story of Skrulls?

It’s a small detail that has probably gone unnoticed by the masses. Except that the fans are curious and scrutinize the smallest detail. Some have therefore noticed that the Oscar winner Chloe Zhao is mentioned twice in the script on the poster of the Eternal. As you can see below:

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It’s already a first change, because originally it was the duo Matthew K. and Ryan firpo who were credited as the authors of the script. The latter have now switched as being at the origin of the story. This means that the screenplay has been rewritten so much that they can no longer be considered to be the screenwriters.

A story of and and / & of &

But that doesn’t explain the story of the two Zhao. Are these two different Chloe? No, it is simply a rule of Writers Guild of America (union of American screenwriters).

When you’re in the WGA, you’re credited either as a solo writer or as a member of a team. If several screenwriters have followed one another in the screenplay and each has written a version of it while they are credited alone and the link is made with an “and” (“and”). On the other hand, if a screenwriter has worked with another then the link becomes “&” to signify that they worked as a team. So, Chloe Zhao first provided a version of the script on her own and then she worked with Patrick burleigh for a new version.

There you go, now you know and will sleep less stupid tonight. Who knows, it can be useful for Trivial Pursuit.


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The Eternals (Eternals in original version) is scheduled for November 3, 2021.

Directed by Chloé Zhao, from a screenplay by Chloé Zhao and Patrick Burleigh, starring Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Barry Keoghan, Brian Tyree Henry, Ma Dong-Seok, Lauren Ridloff and Lia McHugh.

The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced to emerge from the shadows and unite to fight against humanity’s oldest enemy, the Deviants.

Official synopsis

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