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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold “Snow White & the Huntsman” to Universal

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Script Pipeline execs Chad Clough and Matt Misetich connected Evan Daugherty with management after his script Shrapnel won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting CompetitionSWATH later sold to Universal and grossed $400 million worldwide.

Evan went on to write the hugely successful films DivergentTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other upcoming studio projects, including a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise with MGM and Warner Bros. producing. In addition to TV series in development, Evan is writing and directing Ink and Bone for Dimension Films.

From Evan: “Script Pipeline helped launch my professional career as a writer.”

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sells Multiple Specs Including “Stuber”

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Tripper Clancy sold projects to 20th Century Fox (The Ambassadors, Stuber), QED International (Winter Break) and will write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount, Hacker Camp for Hasbro, and as of May 2017, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding. He was previously hired to write the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony Pictures.

Winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tripper found management with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner (Good Fear) only a few weeks after winning the contest.

From Tripper: “I can’t express the impact Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox.”

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November 2016 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

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November was a great month for spec sales. Centropolis Entertainment acquired Scarletville, a thriller spec by Jason Young about a diner owner who delays a deadly criminal with twisted stories until the police arrive. Electric Entertainment will produce Steven Altiere’s sci-fi/fantasy spec Countdown. Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day) will direct and produce. Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash) to produce Free Guy. The action/comedy spec, written by Matt Lieberman, follows a bank teller who realizes he’s just a background character in a realistic video game and is the only one who can save the world. Amazon Studios is moving forward with Holland, Michigan, a dark comedy spec written by Andrew Sodroski. Finally, Bridesmaid and Spy director Paul Feig will produce Charlie Kesslering’s sci-fi/comedy spec Turned On.

More script sales:

– Adam McKay (The Big Short) to write/direct a biopic based on former Vice President Dick Cheney.

– The Wedding Crashers sequel has found its writers: Evan Susser and Van Robichaux.

– David Guion and Michael Handelman (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) to write the Sesame Street movie for Warner Bros.

– Leah Rachel to write and direct the crime thriller Ruby In Murdertown. Laurence Fishburne and Royalty Hightower to star.

– Christina Hodson (Shut In) has been tapped to script the Harley Quinn spinoff for Warner Bros.

Jessica Chastain Starring in Film Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Finalist

By | Success Stories

Craig Weeden, discovered through the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah HexUltimate Spider-man) optioned Painkiller Jane to Solipsist Films, and after several years in development, Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) signed on board to play Jane in November 2016. In 2017, a new writing team was brought on board prior to the script going into production.

Weeden, also a former Pipeline “Recommend” writer, placed in the top 20 of the 2011 Screenwriting Competition with the crime/drama Lost Stones. He’s currently in development on other feature and television projects.

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You’re the Worst – Pilot

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

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The pilot is perhaps the most important episode for a series. A successful pilot not only needs to establish the tone and the characters, but first and foremost, it needs to give the audience a reason to watch episode two. For serialized shows, that reason typically centers around the plots and relationships the pilot episode has established.

Although upon first inspection You’re the Worst might appear to be a Bad Santa or Bad Teacher knock-off in which characters who are all id say whatever snarky, cynical ideas that pop into their heads, creator Stephen Falk does a masterful painting Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) as damaged, self-destructive people bitter at the world. Neither is where they want to be in life: Jimmy is a failed author while Gretchen is a PR executive with an immature client. The pilot follows Jimmy and Gretchen as they struggle in their personal lives and as their relationship slowly kicks off despite being commitment-phobes. The series focuses on this relationship, and the pilot does a great job at laying the groundwork.

However, where the first episode truly shines is in the smaller details. Unlike lesser entries in the comedic antihero genre, You’re the Worst’s dialogue is grounded in humanity. For example, Jimmy’s line “How would meeting your dead relative — which is impossible because the soul doesn’t exist — help you move out of my house?” is equal parts cutting, cynical, and informative in regards to his character and his emotional state of mind. As the series progresses, it also delves into larger issues, such as Gretchen’s clinical depression, which becomes a vital part of her character and which the pilot subtly hints at throughout.

Despite being ostensibly a comedy, You’re the Worst is perhaps one of the greatest character studies on television today and a must-watch for writers who wish to write real, flawed, human characters.

Read the You’re the Worst Pilot