July was a slower month for script sales. . . . Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company will produce Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic’s comedy spec Besties, a comedy about a woman and her three best friends who set off on a road trip to break up the wedding of her childhood crush. Amblin and Madhouse Entertainment will team up to produce Pete Bridges’ sci-fi/action spec The Fall, which follows a newly divorced couple trying to get to the suburbs on foot, where their children are home alone during an alien invasion. New Line has acquired the rights to The Cold War, based on David Wolman and Julian Smith’s article about a turf war between ice cream trucks. Fox 2000 acquired Ted Melfi’s Fruit Loops, which has been described as being in the same vein as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
More script sales:
– Kirsten Dunst and Nellie Kim to write the script for The Bell Jar, based on Sylvia Plath’s novel. Dunst to also direct.
– Joe Carnahan to adapt Uncharted for Sony.
– Paul Dano to direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford’s novel. The adapted script was written by Dano and Zoe Kazan.
– Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to write the sequel/reboot The Rocketeers for Disney.
– Alcon and Madhouse have acquired Sheri Elwood’s comedy pitch Besties about a young woman who becomes besties with her new roommate only to discover she’s a dangerous psychopath.
– Eric Heisserer to write Lights Out 2 for New Line.
The Library – Produced Scripts
The pilot is one of the most important episodes of a series. Perhaps the most important. Not only does it have to establish the characters, the world, and the tone, but it also has to convince viewers to come back for the next installment (or, in case of online streaming, not exiting out of the browser window).
Stranger Things, Netflix’s latest television mega-success, does exactly that. By the end of the teaser, the show has nailed a tense opening sequence and establishes a few of the mysteries that it will explore over the next few episodes, particularly who is the tall man and what happened to Will, a 12-year-old who disappears right before the title credits roll. Throughout the rest of the pilot, the audience is given few answers, but the mysteries deepen and expand to the point that the majority of viewers should be hooked.
The Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators, lean heavily on their influences, which notably include Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, and effortlessly mix science fiction, horror, the supernatural, and nostalgia into a coming-of-age narrative that never fails to entertain. Winona Ryder gets top billing as the mother of the missing child and nails her character’s moments of grief, but the real stars are the child actors, who effortlessly slip into their roles and anchor the series. It certainly helps that their plot lines are the most compelling of the series.
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