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January 2018 Script Sales

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January kicked off 2018 with a slow start. Mental Pictures has picked up Joseph and John Magary’s Charlotte XVI, a romantic drama that follows the love lives of a 16-year-old girl and her mother. Myna Joseph will direct, and Maya Hawke will star. Derek Kolstad’s action/thriller script Nobody found a home at STX Entertainment. Bob Odenkirk is set to star and produce. Amazon picked up Task Force Two, an action pitch from Jennifer Yee McDevitt. The story will follow an elite search-and-rescue team in California. Genesius Pictures has entered pre-production with Mrs Lowery and Son, written by and based on the play by Martyn Hesford. Adrian Noble will direct. Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave will star. Universal picked up My Own Worst Enemy, an action/comedy script by Chad St. John. Kevin Hart to star/produce.

Other script sales:

– Jon Felson has been tapped to adapt environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill’s memoir The Legacy of Luna for Gulfstream Pictures.

– Jac Schaeffer is set to script the Black Widow movie for Marvel.

– Stephen Daldry to direct Jack Thorne’s untitled script about Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini, who qualified for the 2016 Olympics under the first Team Refugee. The film has been set up at Working Title Films.

– Peter Chiarelli to write a script based a treatment from Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Universal. The untitled comedy follows two women battling the elements as they try to get home for the holidays. Chastain and Octavia Spencer to star.

– Disney has tapped Stephany Folsom to write Toy Story 4.

– Emily V. Gordon will adapt Cynthia D’Apri’s The Nest for Amazon.

December 2017 Script Sales

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Closing out 2017, Hollywood slowed down in December on account of the holiday season. Warner Bros. and Safehouse Pictures picked up Leo Sardarian’s sci-fi/action spec The Expansion Project. The script follows a rookie female marine who ends up stranded on a planet. San Andreas‘s Brad Peyton is attached to direct. Guillermo del Toro’s Del Toro Productions is teaming with Fox Searchlight and Phantom Four Films to produce the supernatural horror/thriller Antlers. Written by Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson, the spec follows a young teacher who discovers a deadly supernatural secret connected to the father of one of her students. Hostiles director Scott Cooper is currently in talks. Rickey Castleberry and Zimran Jacob’s college comedy Swag has found a home with Estevan/Sheen Productions. Kevin Pollack to direct.

Other script sales:

– Rashida Jones to adapt the graphic novel Goldie Vance for Twentieth Century Fox. Jones will also direct.

– Mairghread Scott to write the animated feature Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors for Marvel Entertainment.

– Guillermo del Toro will write and direct an adaptation of the noir thriller Nightmare Alley for Fox Searchlight.

– Greg Pierce to adapt Hannah Kent’s novel Burial Rights. Jennifer Lawrence is attached to produce/star, and Call Me By Your Name‘s Luca Guadagnino will direct.

– Joel David Moore to write/direct an adaption of Huh Jung’s Hide and Seek for CJ Entertainment.

– Mark L. Smith has been tapped to script a new Star Trek movie, based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino will possibly direct.

November 2017 Script Sales

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Spec scripts made a strong showing in November. Kicking things off, Lakeshore Entertainment picked up Mark Hogan’s spec The New Mrs. Keller, which has been described as a Hitchcockian techno-thriller. Escape Artists snagged Let Her Speak, a true-story spec based on Texas state Senator Wendy Davis’s 11-hour filibuster to stall anti-abortion legislation. Sandra Bullock is attached to star. New Republic Pictures and Will Packer Productions are teaming up for Green Rush. Written by Matt Tente, the crime spec follows an ex-con who schemes with his daughter to steal millions of dollars worth of medical marijuana taxes from city hall. Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures picked up Envoy, a sci-fi/thriller spec written by Kat Wood. The script follows a military intelligence specialist who attempts to become the first-ever human representation to alien life. Finally, Sentient Entertainment scooped up Tony Mosher’s drama/thriller spec Sirius about two members of a Danish special forces dog sled team who get trapped not only by the frigid weather but also highly trained adversaries. Pierre Morel is set to direct.

Other script sales:

– Misha Green has signed on to write/produce the remake of Cleopatra Jones for Warner Bros.

– Sam Cohan has been tapped to adapt the documentary Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators for Millennium Films. The film will follow creators H.A. and Margaret Rey as they try to escape Nazi-occupied Europe with their original Curious George manuscript.

– Quentin Tarantino will write/direct a movie about the Charles Manson murders for Sony.

– Allan Heinberg will script a Multiple Man movie for Twentieth Century Fox. James Franco is set to star.

– Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama to adapt Morbius: The Living Vampire for Sony. This will be a spinoff from the Spider-Man franchise.

– Gary Dauberman to write/produce an Are You Afraid of the Dark? adaptation for Paramount.

– DC and New Line have found Adam Sztykiel to write their Black Adam adaptation. Dwayne Johnson to star.

October 2017 Script Sales

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This year, script sales slowed down in the month of October. Misher Films picked up Craig Luck and Ivor Powell’s sci-fi spec Bios. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, the film will follow a robot tasked with protecting his creator’s dog. Currently, Tom Hanks is attached to star, and Miguel Sapochnik is attached to direct. Meanwhile, Stay Gold Features and Rosa Entertainment have teamed for Heart of the Beast. The drama/thriller spec, written by Cameron Alexander, follows a former Navy SEAL and his combat dog as they try to survive after an accident in the Alaskan wilderness. Moving away from stories about dogs, QC Entertainment and Good Universe have picked up Max Landis’s horror script Decon about a young medical prodigy who is pushed to their breaking point over the course of one night after joining a team that treats the most dangerous and gruesome diseases.

Other script sales:

Bob’s Burgers is getting a movie! Creator Loren Bouchard is set to write.

– Universal is moving forward with The Paper Bag Princess. Based on Robert Munsch’s children’s book, the movie will be directed by Elizabeth Banks and will star Margot Robbie.

– Phillip Noyce is set to produce/direct a pair of war features: Rats of Tobruk, written by Michael Petroni, which will follow Australian soldiers during the Siege of Tobruk in WW2, and Alive Day, written by Kathleen McLaughlin and adapted from an autobiography of an ex-US special ops soldier.

– Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera are set to write 48 Meters Down, the sequel to their 2017 movie 47 Meters Down. Roberts will also direct.

– Good Universe and Burr! Productions have acquired the rights to Susan Fowler’s upcoming book about her experiences at Uber. Allison Schroeder will to adapt.

– Paramount is moving forward with their live-action Dora the Explorer movie. Nicholas Stoller is set to write; Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce.

September 2017 Script Sales

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Echo Lake Productions and Royal Viking Entertainment have picked up Sean Sorensen’s spec We Interrupt This Program, based on the true story of Orson Welles’ famous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds and the ensuing panic. Disney has picked up Tarell Alvin McCraney’s musical romance script Cyrano the Moor, which will combine elements from Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello. David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo are set to produce. Phoenix Pictures is moving forward with A Country of Strangers, Sean Armstrong’s 2012 Black List script. The story follows the true story of a 40-year investigation into the disappearance of three young children in Australia. Murray Miller’s untitled buddy cop comedy has found a home at Universal. John Cena and Kumail Nanjiani will star, Ruben Fleischer will direct. Finally, Lisa Jones is set adapt Danielle McGuire’s non-fiction book At the Dark End of the Street for Invisible Pictures. Julie Dash to direct.

Other script sales:

– Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have been tapped to write the Men in Black spinoff for Sony.

– Eric Heisserer is set to script the Your Name remake for Bad Robot based on Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 Japanese animated film.

– Scott Bloom’s Roosevelt, a Theodore Roosevelt biopic, has found a home at Paramount. Martin Scorsese to direct, Leonard DiCaprio to star as Teddy himself.

– Sean Anders and John Morris to write Instant Family for Paramount. Anders will direct, Mark Wahlberg will star.

– JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio will write Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will also direct.

– Sean Carter to write and direct Suffer the Little Children, based on the Stephen King short story of the same name, for Voltage Pictures.

– Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham to script Wonder Woman 2 for DC and Warner Bros. Jenkins is also returning to direct.

August 2017 Script Sales

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Hyde Park Entertainment has picked up Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler’s drama spec Jack and Dick. The story will follow John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon’s careers as friends and political rivals leading up to their presidential debate. Ashok Amritraj and Alan Gasmer are set to produce. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is moving forward with Josh L. Gordon’s untitled sci-fi/thriller. Set in a near-future world where advances in artificial intelligence are threatening the human race, Gordon’s spec follows a young engineer who finds herself involved in a billionaire’s plan to alter the fate of humanity. Next up: Tyler MacIntyre and Chris Hill’s horror/thriller spec Nightlight has found a home at Columbia Pictures. Nightlight follows a 10-year-old boy who fends off invaders when he’s left home alone. Tyler MacIntyre is set to direct as well. Finally, Screen Gems and Royal Viking Entertainment are teaming for Peter A. Dowling’s Exposure. His action/thriller spec centers on an African American rookie cop who has to fend for her life after she captures corrupt officers murdering a drug dealer on her body cam.

Other script sales:

– Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are set to return for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.

– Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are set to write the Harley Quinn and Joker spinoff for DC and Warner Bros. The writing team may also produce and direct.

– Todd Phillips and Scott Silver are set to write an unrelated Joker origin story. Phillips to possibly direct, Martin Scorsese to possibly produce, and Leonardo DiCaprio to possibly star (at least according to rumors).

– Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley to adapt Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich’s illustrated book Vacation Guide to the Solar System for Paramount.

– Geneva Robertson-Dworet will write Captain Marvel for Marvel. Academy Award–winner Brie Larson will star.

– Lionsgate has picked up David Burke’s female-led adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) will direct.

– And the female-led adaptation of License to Drive is moving forward at Twentieth Century Fox. The script will be written by Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles.

– And finally, Scott McGehee and David Siegel will write and direct that female-led adaptation of Lord of the Flies you’ve probably heard about on Twitter.  This one’s at Warner Bros.

July 2017 Script Sales

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Screenwriters made a strong showing in July, with many projects finding homes over the course of the month. Voltage Pictures snagged Brian Edward Hill’s untitled horror/thriller spec. The script has been described as a supernatural take on Se7en but with a female lead. Miramax picked up Jason Markarian and John Mirabella’s spec The Armstrongs. The action/comedy follows a divorced couple in witness protection who have to team up when their son is kidnapped. Eli Roth is set to produce Casey La Scala’s 1974, a thriller spec inspired by true events about a man convicted of murdering his parents and siblings. La Scala is set to direct as well. New Line Cinema purchased Super-Intelligence, an action/comedy spec written by Steve Mallory. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are also set to produce. Finally, Lionsgate acquired Shay Hatten’s action spec Ballerina, which follows a female assassin out for revenge. The script might become a spinoff to the John Wick movies.

Other script sales:

– Universal Pictures and Mandeville Films acquired Kristina Lauren Anderson’s pitch for Swan Lake. Felicity Jones is attached to star.

– Chris Columbus and his production company 1492 Pictures to produce Gregory Allen Howard’s untitled biopic about the life of Fannie Lou Hamer.

– Barry Jenkins to write/direct an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk for Annapurna Pictures.

– David Leslie Johnson to script the Invasion of the Body Snatchers adaptation/remake for Warner Bros.

– Vanessa Taylor has been tapped to write the live-action adaptation of Aladdin for Disney.

– Todd McFarlane will write/direct an adaptation of his comic book series Spawn for Blumhouse Productions.

June 2017 Script Sales

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June was a lighter month for script sales. 20th Century Fox picked up Courage, a sci-fi spec written by Karl Gajdusek. The movie is described as in the same vein as Inception and Edge of Tomorrow. Amazon Studios meanwhile has picked up Flint Wainess’s 2016 Black List script Linda and Monica about the relationship between Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinski. Zodiac Features is teaming with Bankside Films and Head Gear Films to produce Devon Graye’s horror/thriller I See You. Helen Hunt is set to star.

Other script sales:

– Universal Studios picked up Sarah Rothschild’s workplace comedy pitch 24/7. Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington are set to star in and produce the film.

– Material Pictures is moving forward with Patrick Ness’s Home, based on George Saunders’s New Yorker short story.

– Lauren Graham to write and produce an adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith’s YA novel Windfall.

Margie Claus found a home at New Line Cinema. Ben Falcone and Damon Jones wrote the script. Falcone to direct, and Melissa McCarthy to star.

– William Fichtner to direct Cold Brook, an adventure drama he co-wrote with Cain DeVore.

– Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have been tapped to writer the Cannonball Run remake for Warner Bros.

– Mike Van Waes to write the Conjuring 2 spinoff The Crooked Man.

May 2017 Script Sales

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May was a slower month for spec sales. Adam D’Alba’s horror spec The Infinity Reel has found a home at Paramount, with 21 Laps Entertainment and Bullitt Entertainment producing. The movie, based on D’Alba’s pilot, will follow a paranormal investigator who investigates a strange phenomenon in small town and along the way finds an eerie connection to his own past. Amazon Studios has picked up another spec, This Is Jane by Daniel Loflin. The drama is based on Laura Kaplan’s non-fiction book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, set in the years just before Roe v. Wade.

Other script sales:

– Andy Bellin will adapt Brett Velicovich and Christopher S. Stewart’s Drone Warrior into a script for Paramount.

– Peter Ackerman to write the Angry Birds sequel for Columbia.

– Greg Russo to write the Resident Evil reboot for Screen Gems. James Wan to produce.

– Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) to write/direct the Mamma Mia sequel for Universal and Playtone.

– Gary Sanchez Productions picked up Andrew Model and Jarrad Paul’s pitch about a washed-up TV star who reconnected with his TV show son who’s now a huge star. Will Ferrell and Jason Momoa to star.

– Annapurna Pictures, Plan B, and Gary Sanchez have teamed for Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic, which McKay will write and direct. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams are set to star.

April 2017 Script Sales

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April was a strong month for writers. Voltage Productions and Chris Morgan Productions are teaming to produce Luke Paradise’s action/mystery spec The Prodigal. The feature follows a soldier who returns home to investigate his estranged brother’s death. Universal has picked up Todd Rosenberg’s drama spec All My Life. The script follows the true story of Solomon Chau and Jennifer Carter, an engaged couple who raise money to fund the wedding of their dreams after Chau is diagnosed with liver cancer. Melissa Stack’s untitled comedy spec, about an older woman who goes on vacation with her much-younger boyfriend’s family, has found a home at Twentieth Century Fox. Stack will also direct. Sony and Immersive Pictures are moving forward with Noah Griffith and Daniel Stewart’s Fragment. The sci-fi/thriller, based on Griffith and Stewart’s 2015 short, follows a crashed Air Force pilot who follows a mysterious radio beacon to discover something not of this Earth.

Other script sales include:

– M. Night Shyamalan to write/direct Glass for Universal, Blumhouse, and Blinding Edge. The movie will serve a dual sequel to Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and Split.

– After landing on 2016’s Black List, Elyse Hollander’s Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition has found a home at Universal, with Brett Ratner producing.

– Summit Entertainment and Atomic Monster are signed on to produce Brad Keene’s thriller Smart House. Not to be confused with the Katey Sagal–starring TV movie, this Smart House is based on an idea from James Wan and will follow a family in witness protection whose smart house goes into self-defense mode when assassins strike. Wan to produce, and Alexandre Aja to direct.

– Philip Gawthorne set to write Universal’s adaptation of Chrononauts, a comic book series created by Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy.

– James Gunn will write/direct the third movie in his Guardians of the Galaxy series for Disney and Marvel.

– John Ridley to write/direct A Needle in a Timestack, a sci-fi/time travel drama based on Robert Silverberg’s short story, for Miramax.

– The Jim Henson Company and Tristar have tapped Jay Basu and Fede Alvarez for the spinoff/remake of the 1986 masterpiece Labyrinth. Alvarez to direct, and Basu to write from a story by him and Alvarez.

– Universal picked up Night School from Kevin Hart, Matthew Kellard, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells and Nick Stoller. Hart came up with the idea and will also star/produce. Tim Story in talks to direct.