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April 2009 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

A somewhat quiet month in April, as lower-budget comedies and dramas, film adaptations from popular novels, and a handful of sci-fi thrillers and fantasy screenplays round out the script sales, joined by a few higher-profile projects from acclaimed writer/directors Robert Rodriguez and Sofia Coppola.

Selected sales include:

–“Born to be a Star,” co-written by Adam Sandler, about a Midwestern nerd who discovers his parents used to be porn stars.

–The latest Robert Rodriguez projects: a crime/drama entitled “Machete” and a follow-up to the “Predator” series.

–Another incarnation (presumably live-action) of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

–The Sofia Coppola project “Somewhere,” drama starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.

March 2009 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

A broad handful of biopics stand out in script sales through mid to late March, including films revolving around the lives of Houdini, Lou Rawls, Steve McQueen, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as adaptations of popular novels and TV series.

Selected sales include:

–From the Image Comics graphics novel, “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” touches upon the struggles of the well-known horror fiction writer. Ron Howard will produce and is rumored to direct.

–“Through the Eyes of a Son,” based on the career of musician Lou Rawls.

–Arguably the world’s most popular magician, Harry Houdini will be featured in “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero,” chronicling his experiences as a British spy and debunker of con artists.

–Andy Garcia, and Anthony Hopkins thus far, set to star in “Hemingway and Fuentes,” centering on the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gregorio Fuentes.

–The new Coen Brothers film, a remake of “True Grit.”

–“Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel,” based on, of course, actor Steve McQueen.

–Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in “Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris,” a romantic comedy.

–Sean Penn to play the lead in “Cartel” as a man looking to protect his son after his wife’s murder.

–For Stephen King fans, the mediocre 1990s version of “It” will see a film rendition through Warner Bros.

Hard to see anyone not getting excited about this: “MacGyver” has been given the go-ahead through New Line Cinema. No writer attached yet.

Script Pipeline Writers Workshop “Recommend” Directs Award-Winning Feature

By | Slider, Success Stories

Strength and Honour, a huge festival hit worldwide, was developed through Script Pipeline and received a “Recommend” grade in 2007. Writer/director Mark Mahon received tremendous accolades for the Irish drama starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir DogsThe Hateful Eight) and legendary actor Richard Chamberlain (The Thorn Birds). The film won 22 awards worldwide in 2008, and Mahon and Madsen were interviewed on NBC’s The Today Show as word-of-mouth on the film spread.

From Mark: “I went to Script Pipeline with Strength and Honour back in early 2006. The constructive feedback I received during the development stage allowed me to take it to another level. After receiving a Recommend on my final draft, this allowed me to hand out my project to potential cast with confidence, eventually bringing on Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin, and Richard Chamberlain. Once complete, the film took over 22 wins around the world, 37 nominations, as well as being hosted by Prince Albert of Monaco in a private Royal screening at the Palace of Monaco. I would highly recommend Script Pipeline to any writer that is serious about their writing–it will not only steer you in the right direction, but will give you the confidence of knowing your work is good when you’re at that stage.”

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February 2009 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

One of the more notable developments this year so far: the musical “Damn Yankees” is set for a remake, with Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaall confirmed as leads. As anticipated, “Friday the 13th” will see a second incarnation, and for those interested in further reliving the 80s, “The Neverending Story” has been given the green light, though no writer is attached as of yet.

Other selected sales include:

–The drama/comedy “Downsizing,” with Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Baron Cohen, and Paul Giamatti to star.

–“Rape: A Love Story,” based on the Joyce Carol Oates novella. Abigail Breslin, Samuel L. Jackson, and Maria Bello attached. 3 Arts Entertainment to produce.

–The DC Comics story “Suicide Squad”

–“Little Fockers,” the third installment of the Stiller/DeNiro comedy series.

And as Hollywood has been infected with the remake bug, expect to see a fresh, new, “improved” version of the Schwarzenegger classic “Total Recall.”

January 2009 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

Adaptations (and an adaptation of an adaptation) continue to share the spotlight with a spattering of comedies, science fiction, crime dramas, and family scripts. Notable sales include:

–“Cowboy Bebop,” based on the popular Japanese anime series. Keanu Reeves set to star.

–A Cher and Jonny Knoxville (not a typo) project, “The Drop-Out”

–A Warner Bros. adaptation of the animated series “Tom and Jerry”

–“The A Team,” a polish of a script and project first announced in 2001.

–The sequel to “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

–“Lowriders,” based on a Brian Grazer concept.

Feeling as though “Tomb Raider” deserves another go-around, the popular comic (and Angelina Jolie film) will get a re-imagining as well. No screenwriter or director attached as of yet.

2008 Screenwriting Contest Finalists

By | Screenwriting Contest Finalists

Grand Prize Winners

A Mate for Lonesome George by Sharon Clark

Freebird by Hilary Graham

Neither by Christian Heinze

Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty


Alpha Male by Spanner Spencer

A Revolution in Urination by Christian Heinze

Beckwourth by James K. M. Watts

Drill Queen by Andrea Seybold & Kate Wharton

Hidden by Noah Ruderman

His Fair Lady by Russell Bryan Sommers

Honor Bound by Michael Amato

In the Garden of the King by Paul Ian Johnson

Maid of Dishonor by Sophia Trone

Palestine by Suzan Flamm

The De-haunters by Calvin Field & Bryan Bagby

The D Line by David O’Donnell

The Stacks by Edward Cound

The Tollbooth Operator by Christian Heinze

The Well by Julie Anne Wight

2007 Screenwriting Contest Finalists

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Grand Prize Winners

Fuel by James Roman & Chris Donaldson

Living in Limbo by Mike Amato

Monstrous Passions by Deborah Baxtrom

The Rise of Fred Amazing by Scott Cunningham


Bad Rap by Mark Grisar

Birdman McGee: World’s Greatest Demolition Derby Driver by Todd Shapiro

Broken Hearts Revenge Club by Ian Schnee

Canaries by Craig Cambria

Deadbeat Boyfriends by Marc Conklin

Doll by Edward Windus

Fuel by James Roman & Chris Donaldson

Ghost Music by Knut Arne Vedaa

Living In Limbo by Mike Amato

Monstrous Passions by Deborah Baxtrom

One Armed Bandit by Bruce Dundore

Second Skin by Kim Alan Pederson

Spyder by Willie Price

The Banner by Tina Juarez

The Best Man by Jack Davidson

The California Hotel Murders by Rusty Rhodes

The Great Quest by Steve Weissman

The Melon Man by Mike Palmisciano

The Rise of Fred Amazing by Scott Cunningham

Whisper by Cory Marciel

2006 Screenwriting Contest Finalists

By | Screenwriting Contest Finalists

Grand Prize Winners

Control;Alt;Delete by David Flores

Fragile by Eric Maran

Spy Camp by Frank Naccarato

Tucker by Travis Simmons


Bad Girl by Dave Richards

Cougar Run by Sean Kelly

Dark Mission by Mark Marinovich

Davinci’s Angels by Baron Brady

Home by Matthew Allen

Infected by Steve Nolan

Last Arrow of Eros by Michael Starrbury

The Macabre World of Lavendar Williams by Nicolas Del Gado

The Red Baron by Richard Fox

Santa Claus Goes to Pirate Island by Patrick Bates

Silencer by Sean Mick

Smilers by Mike McGeever

Telepatrol by Jack Messitt

Under Sirius by Ryan Faust

Unity by Eugene L. Langlais III

Waltzing Emily by Julie Tortorici

Creative Screenwriting Reviews Script Pipeline Competition in 2006

By | Press


by Peter Clines
April, 2006


Now heading into its third year, the Script P.I.M.P. (Pipeline Into Motion Pictures) Screenwriting Competition sprung out of a recurring complaint Chadwick Clough was hearing in his online community. “Our writer clients continued to express their frustration with smaller screenplay competitions and we set out to do it right,” says Clough, who also writes CS’s “Production Co. Spotlight” column. Clough’s experience with script consulting and production companies, along with his management position at Script P.I.M.P., convinced him he could also be a contest director.

“Before launching the Script P.I.M.P. Screenwriting Competition, I entered dozens of ‘screenwriting contests’ as a test of the entire process,” he explains. “We approached A-level production companies and agencies to not only consider the finalists but become involved in the judging process of the competition. Each of the last three years, Script P.I.M.P. has had over twenty A-level companies reviewing submissions. Few other contest provide this much exposure to this many writers.”

Recognized as a cutting-edge competition, Script P.I.M.P. allows for online submissions and guarantees that each script will receive at least two reads from a judging panel of agents, development directors, and managers. All finalists become part of the extensive Script P.I.M.P. online community and get a free, five-year membership to their Writers Database (a massive collection of contact information, production company listings, and general industry facts). A Writers Workshop is also available to help develop scripts even further.

Script P.I.M.P. winners have been doing as well as the contest itself. One of 2003’s winning scripts, Slammin’, by Aaron Metchik and Joseph Garner, was purchased less than six months later by Warner Bros. for six figures. Over the past two years, another half-dozen finalist scripts have been optioned. “If you look at our winners over the past three years, the material has been diverse, eclectic, and, in our eyes, fresh and original. We are not simply looking for the big commercial movie script that we can peddle to the studios,” says Clough. “In a nutshell, good writing is good writing.”