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December 2009 Script Sales

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A relatively quiet December and early January for script sales, in comparison to previous months—as expected. Script Pimp partner Sean McKittrick and Darko entertainment will co-produce the horror/romance “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” with Lionsgate and Natalie Portman’s company. The comic adaptation bug bites again, as the franchise “Deadpool” will see a film version, and other comedies and action/thriller scripts found their way in the winter sales. Few dramas marked the landscape of genres, at least for this period ending 2009.

Selected scripts include:

–An as-of-yet untitled Ron Howard / Vince Vaughn romantic comedy project.

–The comedy “Mail Order Groom,” which may star Tiny Fey and Steve Carell, who are producing.

–A new Mel Gibson-helmed film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and centering on the Vikings. Scripted by William Monahan.

–“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a remake of the popular Swedish film of a different name.

November 2009 Script Sales

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Comedies, anyone?

A slate of comedies—some traditional, some off-beat— make up the script sales for December. A handful revolve around (surprise) vampires, some concerning astronauts, and others two “classic” characters once appearing on “In Living Color” and “Martin.” Other scripts include an adaptation of the civil rights march in Selma, a Greenpeace dramatic project, a remake of “The Black Hole,” and three—yes, three—Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) projects.

Selected script sales:

–Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) will be co-writing the romcom “The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie.”

–And the vampire craze wears on. Amy Heckerling will direct “Vamps,” which will center on two female vampires who find love in New York. . . no, really. But veteran Heckerling should pull it off brilliantly.

–Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx team up as Shenaheh and Wanda, their female characters from the bygone nineties, playing two rather hideous bank robbers.

–Remake of the 1985 horror “Fright Night.”

–“Space Invader,” starring Will Arnett, about a man who goes to space after suspecting his wife of infidelity.

October 2009 Script Sales

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Biopics and stories revolving around real-life stories and figures, as well as higher-profile comedies, are littered among dramas, horrors, and thrillers across October’s script sales. The hit Japanese manga comic “Ghost in the Shell” will see a big-screen adaptation, as will “Warcraft,” based on the popular game. The “Spider-man” sequel, “Venom,” is currently in the process of rewrites. “Vacation,” a sequel to the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy, sees a grown up Rusty Griswold take his own family on vacation—a writer is currently being sought.

Selected/notable sales include:

–A $150 million budgeted project centered on the Prophet Mohammed

–“Men in Black 3,” with Ethan Cohen penning the script and Barry Sonnenfeld directing

–An untitled George Gershwin biopic

–The romantic comedy “Jack and Jill.” Adam Sandler will star as both Jack and Jill (not a typo)

Lastly, TV comedy fans rejoice: “Arrested Development” is coming to theaters. And yes, everyone who’s awesome will be in the movie version.

September 2009 Script Sales

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As always, sequels and remakes are scattered throughout September’s script sales, as well as a biopic on the post-presidential life of Teddy Roosevelt (“River of Doubt”), a mid-nineties Wall Street crime/drama, a fantasy basketball camp comedy featuring NBA star LeBron James, the comedy “Super” starring Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson, and an as-of-yet untitled Barry Manilow project focusing on his fans.

Other selected/notable sales include:

–Building upon the successful franchise, a new edition of “Spy Kids” in 3-D

–A fresh look at the classic “A Star is Born”

–Nicholas Cage will reprise his role in “Ghost Rider 2”

–A remake of “The Fly,” with David Cronenberg possibly writing and directing

–Live-action “Barbie” film—no writer attached as of yet

–Another re-imagining of “The Three Musketeers”

August 2009 Script Sales

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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.

2009 TV Writing Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winner

Dexter – “The Rites of Spring” by Todd Lepre

Finalists

30 Rock – “Tracey Jordan, MD” by Paul Malewitz & Matt Manser

30 Rock – “Cut and Run” by Enzo Mileti

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “Dog Show” by John Adler

Bones – “The Student in the Stacks” by Helen Shang

Breaking Bad – “Mr Clean” by Clark Childers

Eastbound and Down – “Waiting for Bus Cook, Super Sports Agent” by Luke Ricci

Mad Men – “A Fire Inside” by Clark Childers

Skipland by Jessica Dolan & Sean Mach

Two Harbors by Jim Macak

2009 Screenwriting Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winners

Blind Spot by Randall Greenland

Deserted by Ziba Shadjaani

Lycan or Not by Frank Reavey

The Eleven by Troy Taylor

Finalists

Alien Skin Boots by Matt Lutz

Belle Starr by Cynthia Pullham

Black Tide by Kevin Jones

Denny Delivers by Sean Fallon & Charlotte Barrett

Djinn by Matthew Altman

Eden by Tom Zmiarovich

Forsaken Hero by Dave Long

Honor Among Thieves by Matt Allen

Inheritance by Jeannette Manning & Joseph Yuan

InvisiBill by Jason Carreiro

Iron Horses by Tony Zavaleta

Neland Circle by Charles Borg

The Eleven by Troy Taylor

The Stakes by Philip Gardner

The Winery by Richard Guimond

Trial and Erin by Larry Shulruff

Wake Up by Gordon Smith

July 2009 Script Sales

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Well-known classic and recent video game franchises will see film adaptations, in addition to a spattering of biopics, sci-fi/adventures, and other remakes and prequels. The “Saw” series will also see another sure-to-be gruesome installment.

Some selected/notable sales:

–“Castlevania,” based on the mega-popular video game franchise. James Wan tapped to direct.

–A prequel to “King Kong”: the adventure “Kong: King of Skull Island.”

–The David Cronenberg project “Cosmopolis,” adapted from the Don DeLillo novel. Story revolves around a 28-year-old multimillionaire who is chauffeured across Manhattan for a haircut but the journey takes 24 hours due to a presidential visit, anti-globalization demonstrations, and a celebrity funeral.

–Perhaps drawing inspiration from Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, a Calico Ghost Town screenplay is in the works to be based on the old Knott’s Berry Farm attraction.

–Kids of the 1990s rejoice: World of Warcraft will finally get a film rendition. Sam Raimi set to direct for the Warner Bros. project.

–A biopic of legend Bruce Lee.

–“The Twilight Zone” adaptation, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way.

June 2009 Script Sales

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Comedies, actions, and thrillers (and alien-based scripts) dominate this past month—expected, since some of the biggest box office money-makers of the year have thus far fallen into one of those categories.

Some selected/notable sales:

–“I Am Number Four,” a science-fiction story based on an as-of-yet unpublished novel. With Steven Spielberg on board to possibly executive produce. Michael Bay will produce.

–Tom Cruise returns for “Mission: Impossible IV.” J.J. Abrams will produce.

–A remake of the 1981 classic “An American Werewolf in London.” No writer attached as of yet. John Landis producing.

–“Go Mutants!”, where aliens assimilate with other high school kids. In development with Universal.

–A modern adaptation of the hit film “Meatballs.” No writer attached as of yet.

–The Warner Bros. project “Thieves of Baghdad,” set in the 10th century and will revolve around Ali Baba and other notable figures.

–A remake of the 1980s cult classic “Short Cicuit.”

And lastly, the next James Bond project is in the works, with Daniel Craig returning as 007.

May 2009 Script Sales

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As is the current norm, remakes of previously popular films and series comprise at least part of May’s script sales, including a screenplay based on the comic strip “Bazooka Joe.” An animated film, “Nick Ratchet,” based on an idea by Stan Lee and the latest Disney project in development, revolves around a police officer’s online alter-ego, Nick Ratchet, who tries to usurp the life of his creator. “Looking for Norma Desmond,” presumably based on “Sunset Boulevard,” is also in the works, as is an adaptation of “Jekyll and Hyde” and the life of Frank Sinatra.

Other selected sales include:

–Remake of the 1980s classic (well, moderately classic) “Flight of the Navigator,” about a 12-year-old boy who discovers a spaceship that takes him to the future.

–A comedy script based on The Blue Man Group.

–“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”: a remake of the fan-favorite series.

–A project from Dreamworks detailing the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Steven Spielberg will produce.

And last, but certainly not least, former Script Pimp Competition winner Evan Daugherty will pen a new draft of the He-Man story entitled “Grayskull” for Warner Bros.