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Homeland – Pilot

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Homeland

Not only a stellar example of plotting and character setup, the script is a paradigm for style–quick-paced, vividly detailed, and absolutely compelling from scene to scene. Claire Danes’ incredible talent as an actress, the character of Carrie Mathison is so uniquely drawn, she almost carries the series on her back, creating a refreshing take on the genre. A female protagonist who is neither an over-the-top stereotype, nor what has soon become a 21st century cliche: putting the focus on a woman cast as a hero previously reserved for males. Because that’s not what this story is about. And this realism (or apparent realism) brings a certain authenticity to the first episode, setting a suitable framework for the tone of the series.

As great as its predecessors were (24, most notably), this is a political action/thriller for the next generation, a rare example where, judging by the pilot alone, it’s no wonder why it has gone on to become one of the most riveting shows on television.

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April 2014 Script Sales

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It took a while, about 20 years to be exact, but Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire will grace a new generation of audiences in need of a great family (well, family-ish) comedy. Tripp Vinson (Vinson Films) to produce the Universal sci-fi project Terrestrial. Still in its early stages: Brian Grazer co-producing a film about Dodgers star Yasiel Puig’s escape from Cuba to become one of the biggest sensations in baseball. Flash Gordon and Barbie will get adaptations–probably no crossover movie any time soon. And the multi-talented Ellen Page will (thankfully) star in an action movie, Queen and Country.

Other script sales include:

– Legendary actor John Cleese makes a return to the screen in the spy comedy The B Team.

– Masters of the Universe, a draft of which was previously written by Script Pipeline contest winner Evan Daugherty, still moving forward in development with Sony.

– Battlestar Galactica made for an incredible series, so why not make a feature. Universal producing.

– JJ Abrams taking the helm on the low-budget thriller Valencia, which surely promises to be another fresh concept from Bad Robot.

“Divergent” Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

By | Slider, Success Stories

Released in March 2014, the Summit Entertainment film stars Shailene Woodley and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet. Co-written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Evan Daugherty and novelist Veronica Roth, based on Roth’s hit young adult novel. A sequel is currently in the works.

Evan was later brought on to major studio projects, including Esmeralda for ABCGI Joe 3 for Paramount, Myst for Hulu, and the Tomb Raider reboot.

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Sideways – Screenplay

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Sideways

On the surface, it’s a story about relationships and useless babbling about wine. Beneath the surface, it’s one of the most relevant character studies in the history of dramedies, touching upon so many issues plaguing the modern human condition it’s like one, big cinematic therapy session.

In a way, Sideways changed how audiences perceived independent film as a whole–that “indies,” for whatever definition you prescribe, can be the best of both worlds. While the film is not quite a romantic comedy, there’s an underlying idea here that romance is, by definition, imperfect. So are careers, and marriages. And life. Yes, that’s all obvious. And a little stale. But the way Alexander Payne and Rex Pickett detail these two men, Miles and Jack, as wayward heroes who are neither heroic nor anti-heroic lends a certain realism to the whole story, and in the process, sort of skews the genre. Each scene has a certain compelling normalcy, where seemingly dull conversations have a life and meaning of their own. If nothing else, this is dialogue writing at its finest.

While we may not sympathize with the characters’ situations precisely, we’ve all been there to varying extents. Provided we’re of a certain age, anyway. Because like a vintage Pinot, Sideways is best consumed by those with the experience to understand the complexities of what it’s all about.

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March 2014 Script Sales

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Amongst another month full of young adult novel adaptations and remakes, a few original specs cracked through, as well as some classic stories about to become new again. Sofia Coppola set to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which may stick to the original storyline by Hans Christian Anderson. Summit Entertainment continues to tap into the tween market with Dork Diaries, based on the book series. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct the Paul Haggis sci-fi/crime script The Juliet. And a reboot of the horror film The Grudge is also in the works.

Other script sales include:

– An (animated) adaptation of The Pink Panther. MGM taking the helm.

– A biopic on pitcher R.A. Dickey, who after years in the minor leagues, finally makes the majors and becomes, albeit briefly, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.

– The comedy Vacation Friends. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt starring, 20th Century Fox producing.

– Meryl Streep will star in the Diablo Cody project Ricky and the Flash.