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August 2009 Script Sales

Popular movie franchises will see further episodes, with “Hancock 2,” “Spider-man” (5 and 6), “Mission: Impossible,” “X-men: Origins,” and a new Jason Bourne film in the works. Beatles-related projects are also planned, including a biopic of manager Brian Epstein. Rounding out August were a number of urban/street stories, “Q School” (a golf comedy), a questionable sequel to “White Chicks,” and a remake/adaptation of “Brewster’s Millions.”

Other selected/notable sales include:

–Rob Zombie will continue his streak of gritty horror remakes with his rendition of “The Blob.”

–A adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”

–The (possibly) Steven Spielberg-directed project “Pirate Latitudes,” based on the Michael Crichton novel. David Koepp pens the Spielberg-produced script.

–The life of music biz icon Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed The Beatles, in “A Life in the Day.”

–Walt Disney’s almost sure-to-be poignant film, “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

–Bryan Singer may take the helms of the legendary story “Excalibur.” This will be a remake of the previous 1980s film.

–Robert Zemeckis will helm a 3-D remake of “Yellow Submarine,” the 1968 Beatles music-based film.