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September 2010 Script Sales

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A mix of genres (more so than in recent months, anyway) dot the landscape. Plenty of specs, some random 3D projects, and fewer overall adaptations this month. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce, and potentially star, in Portofino, a thriller so secret even the plot is thoroughly ambiguous. A biopic on former president Ronald Reagan is in the works, as is one on John DeLorean. The jury’s out on which one will be more awesome. . . . And watch out Stephen King fans: arguably the most epic of his novels finally gets a shot at the big screen, The Dark Tower series is set to begin.

Other notable sales include:

–Guillermo Del Toro will helm DreamWorks Animation’s Trollhunters, what’s sure to be a visually-packed script.

–Rob Zombie returns to the director’s chair with The Lords of Salem, about a group of witches in modern-day Salem.

–Little America: a teenage prostitute on the run bonds with a truck driver after she accidentally kills a gang member. Fortunately, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing. Oscar written all over it.

–A new film featuring Tom Clancy’s iconic character Jack Ryan. Our guess is it’ll have something to do with terroists in some foreign country.

–An adaptation of Goosebumps, based on the RL Stine children’s series that Script Pipeline General Manager Matt Misetich did not read all issues of when he was already in high school, nor was his favorite One Day in Horrorland.

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 their live-action renditions. Hopefully less retro muppet-like than the last version.

–Take that super-cool Jesse Eisenberg Facebook movie: Google has its own story hitting the screen with Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.

2010 TV Writing Contest Finalists

By | TV Writing Contest Finalists

Grand Prize Winner

Modern Family – “Last Will and Temperament” by Benjamin Morgan


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

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


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

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 involving four moms.
–Echoing shades of Groundhog Day, the teen comedy Before I Fall, which centers on a student reliving the same day over and over again.

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 to go about becoming a professional screenwriter?

Write every day. That’s what helped us the most. It can be tough to balance that with a day job, but your day job shouldn’t be taking over your life. While living in LA I worked in the machine room at a company that made movie trailers. Because I was behind a locked door with high tech equipment I convinced others that my job was really complicated so they left me alone. The truth is I only had to burn copies of DVDs so I had plenty of free time to write. At the same time, Charlotte was working as a dog walker so in between her appointments we would constantly be talking and emailing each other scenes. That’s how we wrote most of Denny Delivers.

Tell us about your 2009 Script Pipeline Finalist script, Denny Delivers. What did the placing in the contest do for you?

Denny Delivers is an action comedy/family drama. It’s about a 57 year old, recently fired mailman who takes an overnight delivery job from the mob when his daughter forces him to start paying rent. [The script] being a 2009 Script Pipeline Finalist was huge. After the competition we were contacted by a producer and we pitched him our script, Virgin Alexander. He read it, loved it, and we last week we wrapped principal photography.

So Virgin Alexander goes into production soon. How did that come about? Who’s directing? The cast? The story?

At the end of December 2009 we pitched Virgin Alexander to our producer, Houston Hill. He read it over New Year’s, and by January 5th we were putting together our business proposal. When Charlotte and I pitched Virgin Alexander we were always going to direct it. Luckily Houston loved our vision for the film.

The film is about Alexander, a 26 year old scrap hauler, who is about to be evicted. In a last ditch effort to save his house, he turns it into a brothel—even though he has never had sex before.

The film stars Rick Faugno (Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys), Paige Howard (Adventureland), Mika Boorem (John Carpenter’s The Ward and Blue Crush), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), and Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers and True Romance).

How does a young filmmaker actually get their film made, from your perspective? What needs to happen? Does genre matter?

A great script. This was a very low budget film. It was made under the Screen Actor’s Guild Ultra Low Budget guidelines, so no one was doing it for money. Most of our cast and crew probably lost money making this movie, but they all loved the script and wanted to be a part of it. It was the script that opened all the doors for us. From our producer, to our investors, to our cast and crew, without a great script nothing else matters.

What’s next after Virgin Alexander?

Months of editing. But while we are editing we also have some investors interested in Denny Delivers, and we are writing a new script. Now that the shoot is over, it’s time to get back to work and write every day.

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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) The Monster Squad.
–Nicole Kidman and Nicholas Cage team up for Trespass, an action/adventure about a couple taken hostage.

–Tom Cruise’s character from Tropic Thunder will have his own vehicle in an as-of-yet unnamed Les Grossman project.

–The musical Schoolboys in Disgrace, written by Bobcat Goldthwait.

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.

–The Age of Adelaine, focusing on a women who becomes immortal after an accident. Katherine Heigl will star.

–Lionel Grandison’s story of helping cover up Marilyn Monroe’s apparent suicide in Marilyn.

–The comedy Clown Girl, optioned by and starring Kristen Wiig. Plot is sort of self-explanatory. . .

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 its way. Vertigo and Benderspink will exec produce.

–The legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the best-selling novel, will star William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe.

–Final Destination 5, proving you can always find more clever ways to kill off a character.

–Rachel Weisz will play Jackie Kennedy in a biopic of the former first lady.

–He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, now with Columbia since 2009, will take another shot at development. Former Script Pipeline contest winner Evan Daugherty worked on a previous draft for Warner Bros.