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Hulu has picked up Myst, based on the video game and written by Script Pipeline winner Evan Daugherty (Divergent). The bestselling computer game of the 90s, Myst pawned four sequels, several spin-off games, and novels.

The sci-fi/fantasy game centers around a man who wakes up on a mysterious island with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Hulu bought the pitch and has commissioned a pilot script from Evan, and upon script approval, Myst will go direct to series.

“Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager and helped launch my professional career as a writer." – Evan Daugherty

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Screenwriting and TV Writing LATE DEADLINE: May 15th


The 13th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest and 8th Annual TV Writing Contest continue a long tradition of discovering up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers across studio and independent markets. 

• $25,000 in cash to Screenwriting and TV Writing winners

• Consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development and Senior Consultant

• Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, and others searching for new screenplays.

• An opportunity to submit other material to Script Pipeline for internal review

• A reserved spot to the 2015 Secret Door Pitchfest as a recognized finalist

Our intent: to circulate exceptional material industry-wide, support our writers long-term, and help launch careers.

Final Deadline: May 15th, 2015

Submit to the Screenwriting Competition

Submit to the TV Writing Competition

4th Annual First Look Project Now Open

The 4th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, leading Hollywood production companies, and agencies by finding high-concept material across four main categories:

• Screenplays (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror/Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

• Teleplays

• Adaptations

• Media

Supported by Energy EntertainmentBenderspinkGreen Hat FilmsLakeshore Entertainment, and Paradigm, the competition presents the best scripts and ideas to major companies. One winner in each category receives personal development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team, followed by meetings to discuss potential production. We will also select up to 5 finalists in each category.

Early Deadline: August 1st, 2015

Submit to the First Look Project

Chasing Ghosts Available on VOD

Chasing Ghosts, written by former Script Pipeline contest winner Josh Chesler, was released on April 21st, 2015. Since its released, Chasing Ghosts has been one of the most watched and streamed films on Netflix. The film stars Tim Meadows (SNL), Toby Nichols, Robin Lively, and Frances Conroy.

“The team at Script Pipeline has been and continues to be immensely supportive of my writing career,” said Josh. “They genuinely made me feel like I’m part of a writing community committed to helping everyone get one step closer to living their dreams.”

Josh was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition and winner of the Great Movie Idea Contest with co-writer Paul Connor. Chasing Ghosts is available on DVD and VOD. 

Read Josh’s Script Pipeline interview

April 2015 Script Sales

April was a slower month for script sales. Sony purchased Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton’s pitch for The Wells Initiative about a young H.G. Wells who literally experiences events that will inspire his stories. Universal has picked up A Meyers Thanksgiving, a spec comedy written by David E. Talbert about an estranged family’s first Thanksgiving after the matriarch died. OddLot bought Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack’s rom-com spec Septillion to One, which follows an FBI agent who has been transferred to the Texas State Lottery’s fraud unit. Finally, Disney has acquired a live-action, period drama Mulan spec by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.

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Penny Dreadful – Pilot 

Named after the cheap, pulpy serials popular in nineteenth-century England, Penny Dreadful plays almost like a Victorian edition of American Horror Story but with an air of campy sophistication. The show pulls characters from classic literature, specifically FrankensteinDracula, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, but is still accessible to viewers unfamiliar with Gothic fiction. Everything, from the acting and writing down to the costumes and sets is flawless, and the rare misstep still makes the series more entertaining than its peers. The show centers around Vanessa Ives, a possessed woman played by Eva Green, whose performance is currently the best on TV (it's so good that Penny Dreadful might as well be called The Eva Green Hour).

Vanessa is already in the supernatural thick-of-it, so we get a point-of-view character to introduce us to the world and the unnatural threats: the sharpshooter Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), an America performer in "Colonel Brewster's Wild West Show and Emporium of American Curiosities." Sir Malcolm Murray (former 007 Timothy Dalton) hires him, along with Dr. Frankenstein, to find his daughter and Vanessa's best friend, Mina Harker, and kill whatever has taken her (vampires). However, that season-long goal is just an excuse to explore the relationships between Vanessa and the men in her life, as well as the creepy supernatural plots at play.

Read the Penny Dreadful Pilot