"The Standoff at Sparrow Creek" Premieres January 18th

Winner of the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting season, Henry Dunham's The Standoff at Sparrow Creek premieres wide on January 18th. 

Reviews of Henry's directorial debut have been overwhelmingly positive:

"A pitch perfect example of low budget craft." - Jacob Knight, Birth. Movies. Death.

"Deafens through sensationalized silence. . . . You’re not supposed to feel safe or comfortable, precisely as Henry Dunham plans." - Matt Donato, Slash Film

"This debut shows pulpy promise and is a step ahead of its genre peers." John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

And Rolling Stone selected Standoff as one of the top 10 films to see in January.

After Standoff (formerly titled Militia) won the contest, Script Pipeline execs connected Henry with managers at Madhouse, which served as a co-producer on the drama/thriller.

From Henry: "Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. . . . I owe Script Pipeline for everything."

Read the 2015 Script Pipeline interview with Henry Dunham

Register for the 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting season


Reviewing Original Screenplays and Pilots - Register Early (January 15th)

The 8th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of studios, production companies, agencies, and top managers by finding unique, high-concept material across two main categories:

• Screenplay - divisions for Action/AdventureComedyDramaHorror/Thriller, and Sci-fi/Fantasy

• TV Pilot - divisions for Hour and Half-hour original pilots, any genre

One winner in each division receives a share of $17,500, industry circulation, and long-term development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team.

Supported by QC Entertainment (Get OutUs), Good Fear Film + Management (Mulan), Panay Films (Masterminds), Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline), Zero Gravity Management (Ozark), Silent R Management (reps the Academy Award-winning director of Moonlight Barry Jenkins), Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners), and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition introduces the best scripts to major companies.

Unlike Script Pipeline's main Screenwriting and TV writing competitions, entries for First Look are judged equally on writing ability and commercial potential. The originality of the concept and a strong understanding of genre and marketplace trends will take precedence, as well as overall writing ability.

Register by January 15th 


December 2018 Script Sales

Hollywood typically slows down for the holidays in December, and 2018 was no exception. To start things off: Ivan Reitman’s The Montecito Company and Tristar Pictures picked up the spec comedy The Best Friends. Chad Kultgen and Amy Rhodes’ script is described as a high-concept, meta romantic comedy. Lionsgate, The Picture Co., and Khalabo Ink Society are teaming up for Anthony Jaswinski’s horror spec The French Quarter Will Not Be Spared, which sets a vampire story during Hurricane Katrina. Endeavor Content snagged Peter Begler’s spec Wolf Country. The story follows a female cop as she tracks down a convicted fugitive, a former lawman who happens to be her father. Finally, Khalabo Ink Society and Twentieth Century Fox acquired Danny Segal and Isaac Schamis’ comedy The Guysmaids.

Other script sales:

- David Marshall Grant and Dan Savage are set to adapt Michael Ausiello’s book Spoiler Alert: The Hero Diesfor Focus Features. Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris) to produce and direct, and Jim Parsons to produce and star.

- Johannes Roberts to write and direct a Resident Evilreboot for Constantin Film.

- Evan Spiliotopoulos to write and direct an adaptation of James Herbert’s novel Shrinefor Screen Gems and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures.

- DC and Warner Bros. have tapped Amanda Idoko to script their Plastic Manmovie.

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Crazy Rich Asians - Screenplay

Romantic comedy can be one of the most difficult genres to write. Sure, the ubiquity of mediocre romcoms might imply otherwise, but truly great movies in the genre are rather rare. For a good romantic comedy, the audience needs to not only care about the characters but also care about the stakes and believe that those stakes have real weight and real consequences. Over the summer, Crazy Rich Asiansburst into theaters and became an immediate sensation—in equal parts because it provided much-needed representation of a group Hollywood often underrepresented and because it’s a damn good story.

Directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim from Kevin Kwan’s novel, Crazy Rich Asians, the story follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) who travels to her boyfriend Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) hometown in Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding and meet his family, who are crazy-rich and also crazy. From the moment she lands, Rachel is a fish-out-of-water and constantly at-odds with her boyfriend’s family. She tries to earn their respect but comes short at every turn, and Nick’s family drives a wedge between the formerly happy couple.

What Crazy Rich Asiansgets right where other romantic comedies fail is that it cares deeply about the characters, and each scene and every conflict is rooted in character. The greatest source of conflict is Nick’s mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh in a brilliantly cold yet emotional performance), who disapproves of Nick and Rachel’s relationship because of Rachel’s family history. To contrast with others in the genre, there are no hijinks-heavy set pieces or interminably long scenes that don’t advance the plot, featuring “jokes” and nothing else (perhaps romantic comedy’s most common sins). Crazy Rich Asianseven allows the story’s dramatic elements to take over at times, providing a moving commentary on race, class, and motherhood. (Although very funny—thanks Awkwafina!—the movie leans into dramedy more than laugh-a-minute comedy.)

Ultimately, it’s easy to see why audiences (and critics) fell in love with this film and why Warner Bros. has already greenlit adaptations of the book’s two sequels. And hopefully, the Oscars will be kinder to it than the Golden Globes.

Read the Crazy Rich Asians Screenplay


2019 Season Now Open - Requesting Short Scripts and Films

The 2nd Annual Film Pipeline Competitions seek remarkable writers and directors with diverse, engaging work--the type defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories.

For produced shorts, Film Pipeline's platform is significantly different from the typical festival: selected entrants are given introductions to managers and agents for potential representation and extended promotion of their short or series pilot.

For unproduced scripts, Film Pipeline creates an opportunity to get your material made and collaborates with selected entrants from development to production.

Submit a Script | Submit a Film


Script Pipeline Workshop Notes - Screenplays and Pilots

Established in 2000, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of a small, seasoned group of development execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.

Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.

Together with the suite of Script Pipeline competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.

*contest entrants receive a discounted rate on General Reviews; add-on notes available during registration for any competition

Development Notes | General Review


Upcoming Competition Deadlines & Dates

2019 First Look Project (screenplays and pilots) - Exclusive Deadline: January 15th

2019 Screenwriting Competition - Early Deadline: March 1st

2019 TV Writing Competition - Early Deadline: March 1st

2019 Great Movie Idea Contest - Next Season Opens February 1st

2019 Great TV Show Idea Contest - Next Season Opens February 1st

Other Pipeline Competitions:

Book Pipeline - Fiction, Non-fiction

Film Pipeline - Short Films and Scripts
(2019 NOW OPEN - January 15th early deadline)

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