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August 2010 Script Sales

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Riding his train of popularity, Steve Carrell hops on board another comedy, a remake of an Argentine film, A Boyfriend for My Wife. Kind of self-explanatory. . . . The immensely popular comic series (well, sort of–at least for the seventies) Iron Fist is getting a film version, and Angelina Jolie dips her feet in the romance/war drama genre again in an as-of-yet untitled Serbian/Bosnian love story. And if that doesn’t get you crying, don’t weep too hard fans of the 1980s (all 12 of you): the Jaden Smith version of Karate Kid will see a sequel. Other notable sales include: –Morgan Creek will take on the Tupac story. Antoine Fuqua is set to direct. –A 3-D film chronicling the Battle of Midway during WWII. –Piranha 3-D = sequel. No word yet on what dimension it’ll be in. . . . — The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are returning to…

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2010 TV Writing Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winner Modern Family – “Last Will and Temperament” by Benjamin Morgan Finalists Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Tribe” by David Love Dexter – “A Family Affair” by Luther Mace Domain by Jennifer Ruisch Eastbound and Down – “Sex Ed” by Haji Outlaw Friday Night Lights – “Survive and Move On” by Clayton Henry Holden 2.0 by Sean Mach & Jessica Dolan Modern Family – “Let’s Get this Party Started” by Teresa Lo Obnoxious Older Sister’s Know-it-all Guide to Your Teens by Julie Anne Wight Rescue Me – “Feelings” by Alex G. Pickering

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2010 Screenwriting Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winners Henry the Second by Tripper Clancy Madness by Teresa Lo Prom Queen by Debbie Chesebro & Tyson Fitzgerald Second Born by David Jagernauth Finalists The 49th Day by Craig Peters Black Friday by Greg Ernstrom Bread Route by Amanda Ronconi & Jeff Wiens Dangerous Waters by Matthew Altman & David Matalon Freud by Daniel Ragussis Horror Comic by Stephen Hoover Jenna’s Gone by Russ Meyer Niger Delta by Jordan Breen Precious Cargo by Max Adams Re/Surfacing by Susan Chiu Sleeping Beauty by Anthony Boland Tesla by Steve Hull & James Stuart The Big Screen by Sarah Rassoul The Physicist by Teresa Lo The Source by Nisso Cohen Yeah, I Blew Up the Internet by Michael Ashley & Charles Borg

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July 2010 Script Sales

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A flood of comic book and graphic novel adaptations continue to move into development, including The Untamed, A Contract with God, Astro City, The Strange Case of Hyde, and the likely much-anticipated Xerxes, the prequel to Frank Miller’s bloody and epic masterpiece, 300. A vampire twist on the biblical story of Cain, a handful of novel adaptations, such as a live-action story of the orignal Little Mermaid tale, and yet another version of South Pacific (not that there’s anything wrong with that. . . .) fill out the rest of the month. Other selected sales include: –Guillermo del Toro will helm the Disney-inspired pic The Haunted Mansion. –Also from Disney, Tink, focusing on. . . well, who do you think? Tinkerbell. Elizabeth Banks will star in the live-action film. –The Grimm tale Hansel and Gretel will have a 3D re-telling. –Nia Vardalos to pen Happy Mother’s Day, a road comedy…

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Sean Fallon / Charlotte Barrett

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– Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett, writer of Denny Delivers (2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest finalist). Sean and Charlotte went on to write and direct the indie dramedy Virgin Alexander and are actively developing new feature films. How long have you been writing screenplays? Did your writing start with scripts, fiction. . . ? We started writing full length scripts in 2004 and have been writing as a team since 2005. Were either of you “formally” trained in film and screenwriting (i.e. through a university film program, extension classes, etc.), or were you more or less self-taught? We actually met at our first day orientation at NYU. We both transferred into the undergrad film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and immediately began working on each other’s short films. Our senior year we wrote a short together that Charlotte directed. What do you think is the best way…

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June 2010 Script Sales

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Crime/drams, thrillers, and some fairly unusual adaptations in June. . . . Fresh off his role as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe will star in a remake of the classic All Quiet on the Western Front. A sequel to Men in Black, The Bourne Identity, Clash of the Titans, and Ghost Rider are in the works as well. On the prequel side of things, Carrie Bradshaw’s character will give teenage fans a thrill in The Carrie Diaries. And (finally) a live-action version of the extraordinary children’s book The Wind in the Willows. Other selected sales include: –A live action/animation film adaptation of Legos, appropriately titled Lego. –The spec script Step Dawg, a comedy about a man whose mother is set to marry his former best friend. To be produced by Morgan Creek. –The Marvel character Dr. Strange will see a film version. –Remake of the 1980s “classic” (well, sort of anyway)…

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May 2010 Script Sales

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A number of novel adaptations, a handful of specs, and some low-to-mid budget projects dot the May script sales landscape. Disney will remake a live-action version of Cinderella, in addition to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Cameron Crowe dips back into directing and will helm the family-drama project We Bought a Zoo. And since it’s been so long since we’ve seen the beginnings of the Spider-Man series, the franchise will get a re-boot (it has been almost eight years since the “original” awesome version came out. . .). Other selected sales include: –New Line’s MacGyver will see a reload for the big screen. Jason Richman will pen the adaptation. –JJ Abram’s Bad Robot and writer Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) will team up on a heist action/thriller revolving around the true story of thieves that robbed a jewelry facility in Belgium. –A film adaptation of the TV series Gidget….

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April 2010 Script Sales

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Every genre you can think of makes up April script sales, from horrors and legal thrillers, to teen comedy franchises (see: American Pie 4) and an animated religious drama. I Dream of Jeannie is in yet another stage of rewrites, as is Stretch Armstrong–yes, the Hasbro toy. Sascha Baron Cohen will star in and produce a new project (comedy, of course), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on the short story, has found new life at 20th Century Fox. And for those of you who can’t get enough of a solid “stoner Western,” Johnny Knoxville will take the lead in Mustache Riders. Hilarity will undoubtedly ensure. . . . On the other end of the spectrum, Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet will be adapted as an animated feature. Other selected sales include: –Think The Ring part 1 and 2 were scary? No? Well, brace yourself: Ring 3D is on…

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March 2010 Script Sales

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Pretty huge month for script sales. . . . Anyone want to see another Godzilla movie? Warner Bros. will tackle (or rather re-tackle) one of the world’s most well-known franchises, perhaps to atone for the sins of the previous nineties big-budget spin. Buck Rodgers will get a modern-day telling (in 3D of course), as will Popeye, at least an animated rendition. Laverne and Shirley—perhaps not in 3D—written by Jamie Foxx, may star Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner as two street-tough friends. And, in this writer’s opinion, finally a film version of the classic children’s book A Wrinkle in Time. Other notable sales: –30-somethings who want to relive 1999 rejoice: American Pie 4 is on the slate. –Speaking of part 4s, Scream plans on expanding beyond the trilogy with another installment. –22 years later, DeNiro will reprise his role in Midnight Run with a sequel. –Anna Faris will star in a…

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February 2010 Script Sales

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Novel adaptations, a few remakes, and some frankly off-beat concepts fill the first part of March. In addition, a former Script Pimp Writers Workshop “Recommend” found success with one of his scripts, “Smashed,” a suspense/thriller. Best of all, though: “Gilligan’s Island.” The movie. Believe it. And a little astounding (and humbling for those of you want to retire at 40), 94-year-old Sherwood Schwartz will co-produce with his son. Other selected script sales include: –New Line will helm a remake of the classic 1980s comedy “Police Academy.” –A feature film version of the hit HBO series “Rome,” with (possibly) the original leads. –Deepak Chopra’s comic “Beyond” will be adapted for the big screen. –Biopic of the erratic and controversial figure Herbert Hoover. –Tim Burton will co-produce an Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter script. . . . Somehow that sounds pretty awesome.

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