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May 2014 Script Sales

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty (Divergent) will write and direct an adaptation of the of the supernatural thriller Ink and Bone. Lee Clay (Beautiful Boy) to produce with The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) might have another shot at an Oscar nom in the teen drama Counting By 7’s. And continuing the epic parade of sequels: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, World War Z, Independence Day, Spring Breakers, Mission: Impossible, V/H/S, and The Bourne Legacy. That’s a lot for one month.

Other script sales include:

– Based on a Salon.com article, the self-explanatory romantic comedy The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever. Offspring Entertainment producing.

– Because it’s never too early for a LeBron James biopic: a story about his days as a top high school basketball player. Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) co-producing.

– Will Ferrell co-producing an animated feature of The Flintstones.

– Over 20 years after its release, Stephen King’s intense thriller Gerald’s Game will hit the screen.

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.

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.

February 2014 Script Sales

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At long last: a movie about the early video game industry. Console Wars will pit Nintendo versus Sega, the fantasy of every 80s video game geek. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directing–arguably, an ideal choice. Based on, if not very loosely, Dennis Rodman’s exploits in North Korea, Peter Chernin is producing the comedy Diplomats. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill together again for a film based on Olympic hero-turned-terrorism-suspect Richard Jewell. And amongst a handful of drama and crime novel adaptations, a few no-brainer sequels: We’re the Millers, Space Jam (long overdue), and The Lego Movie.

Other script sales include:

– Sony will produce the horror The Bringing, based on the real-life mystery (and perhaps supernatural event) of a woman found dead in an LA hotel.

– Even older video games are entirely adaptable: Vertigo and Warner Bros. taking the helm on the action/adventure Minecraft.

– Still alive and kicking in development: a feature version of Stephen King’s The Stand.

– Having basically conquered the women’s MMA world, Ronda Rousey will star in the action/thriller The Athena Project.

January 2014 Script Sales

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Script Pipeline contest winner Tripper Clancy, who in December sold The Ambassadors to Fox, will write Shedd for Paramount Animation, based on an original idea from Paramount President Adam Goodman. Announced last year, Choose Your Own Adventure is a go, from the series allowing readers to “control” their story–although chances are the theater audience won’t control the plot of the movie (maybe someday). Divergent, written by Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty, will have its sequel, Insurgent, re-written by Akiva Goldsman. Brian Duffield penned the original draft. Thor 3 is set, and Daniel Craig will star in a spy thriller where his name is something other than James Bond.

Other script sales include:

– Chip N’ Dale and the Rescue Rangers get their first mainstream feature break. The project will be mixed live-action/CGI.

– The sports drama The Battered Bastards of Baseball, from a true story most baseball fans aren’t even familiar with.

– Spielberg to produce the period action/drama Montezuma, based on the original script by Dalton Trumbo (yes, the Dalton Trumbo).

– Tripp Vinson and Benderspink to co-produce the musical Disney comedy Bob: The Musical, written by Allan Loeb.