Warner Bros. acquired Hammerspace, a sci-fi script written by Mike Van Waes. The story focuses on a terminally ill teenager who discovers an alternate, animated dimension while searching for his missing father. After a bidding war, Universal bought Todd Jones and Eral Ritchey Jones' family drama/fantasy spec Humbug, an updated version of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Ice Cube is set to star and produce. And New Line picked up Michael Gunn's The Virginian. The period-action spec follows a young George Washington who, eager to join the British Army, goes on a dangerous mission to conquer a French fort and save the American colonies.
Other script sales:
– The infamous website Silk Road is getting the movie treatment in Dark Web. Will Staples (Call of Duty) is set to write.
– Liam Neeson has signed on to Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi's thriller The Commuter.
– Jordan Peele's horror/thriller script Get Out has been picked up by Blumhouse Productions. Peele is also set to direct.
– The recent, universally acclaimed thriller Sicario will get a sequel. Original writer Taylor Sheridan will oversee.
– Amazon is moving forward on Tom Kuntz's dark comedy Desired Moments. Kristen Wiig attached to star.
– Adrien Brody will produce/star in Brian Tucker's thriller Expiration.
The Library – Produced Scripts
Television has become a mecca for creativity. Nowadays, almost every company that has any connection to the entertainment industry (including E!, Amazon, Yahoo, Xbox, even AOL and Apple) has produced or is producing original scripted series, and as a result, there is an unprecedented number of outlets for TV writers. But the higher demand makes it harder to stand out—now, when a network releases a new show, there's a good chance another network's already working on something very similar. In order to catch the network's attention, original ideas have become an even greater necessity. Without a unique twist, there is little chance of going to series.
Suffering from the same pitfalls as most family shows, Life In Pieces does not have the most original characters or plotlines, but the show's conceit helps distinguish it from Modern Family and Parenthood: each episode is divided into four short stories. So instead of Modern Family's approach of intertwining the lives of the extensive Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan throughout each episode, the Life In Pieces pilot focuses on a smaller group of characters for each short before bringing everyone together for the fourth and final one. That's right: Life In Pieces is the rare four-act, half-hour sitcom, but it works surprisingly well, even if some of the shorts feel rushed (they average at about five-and-a-half minutes apiece).
Because of its structure, the pilot is an excellent example of economic writing. Creator Justin Adler's script contains very little fat, and the little there is on the page was cut for broadcast. Six minutes of story isn't much, so brisk writing and generous deleting are necessities. It wouldn't be a surprise if "kill your darlings" were the mantra for this writer's room. It also helps that the cast is excellent, with Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, and Dan Bakkedahl all making their characters feel lived-in despite the limited screen time. Thanks to the writing and acting, these are characters you want to watch. Adler may not be reinventing the wheel in terms of plot or characters, but the wheel he's made just functions really, really well and has enough unique flourishes to make it stand out from the crowd.
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