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April 2017 Script Sales

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April was a strong month for writers. Voltage Productions and Chris Morgan Productions are teaming to produce Luke Paradise’s action/mystery spec The Prodigal. The feature follows a soldier who returns home to investigate his estranged brother’s death. Universal has picked up Todd Rosenberg’s drama spec All My Life. The script follows the true story of Solomon Chau and Jennifer Carter, an engaged couple who raise money to fund the wedding of their dreams after Chau is diagnosed with liver cancer. Melissa Stack’s untitled comedy spec, about an older woman who goes on vacation with her much-younger boyfriend’s family, has found a home at Twentieth Century Fox. Stack will also direct. Sony and Immersive Pictures are moving forward with Noah Griffith and Daniel Stewart’s Fragment. The sci-fi/thriller, based on Griffith and Stewart’s 2015 short, follows a crashed Air Force pilot who follows a mysterious radio beacon to discover something not of this Earth.

Other script sales include:

– M. Night Shyamalan to write/direct Glass for Universal, Blumhouse, and Blinding Edge. The movie will serve a dual sequel to Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and Split.

– After landing on 2016’s Black List, Elyse Hollander’s Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition has found a home at Universal, with Brett Ratner producing.

– Summit Entertainment and Atomic Monster are signed on to produce Brad Keene’s thriller Smart House. Not to be confused with the Katey Sagal–starring TV movie, this Smart House is based on an idea from James Wan and will follow a family in witness protection whose smart house goes into self-defense mode when assassins strike. Wan to produce, and Alexandre Aja to direct.

– Philip Gawthorne set to write Universal’s adaptation of Chrononauts, a comic book series created by Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy.

– James Gunn will write/direct the third movie in his Guardians of the Galaxy series for Disney and Marvel.

– John Ridley to write/direct A Needle in a Timestack, a sci-fi/time travel drama based on Robert Silverberg’s short story, for Miramax.

– The Jim Henson Company and Tristar have tapped Jay Basu and Fede Alvarez for the spinoff/remake of the 1986 masterpiece Labyrinth. Alvarez to direct, and Basu to write from a story by him and Alvarez.

– Universal picked up Night School from Kevin Hart, Matthew Kellard, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells and Nick Stoller. Hart came up with the idea and will also star/produce. Tim Story in talks to direct.

March 2017 Script Sales

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It was a strong month for spec scripts. Things kicked off with Bluegrass Pictures and DreamWorks Studios picking up Bad Cop, Bad Cop, an action buddy comedy written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis, and Jim Freeman. Feimster is also attached to star. Sony is moving forward with Marian. The action/drama spec follows Maid Marian donning Robin Hood’s mantle after his death, and the film is set to star Margot Robbie. Cristal Pictures and The Donners’ Company will produce Ingrid Eskeland-Adetuyi’s action/comedy spec Twin Blades, which centers on a tech entrepreneur relocated to China and her local female bodyguard. Finally, Ian Shorr’s sci-fi spec Infinite, which follows a schizophrenic who discovers that his hallucinations are memories of his past lives, has found a home with Di Bonaventura Pictures and Paramount.

Other script sales:

– 20th Century Fox has picked up Drew Goddard’s (The Martian) thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. Everything about it has been kept under wraps, but Goddard is also set to produce and direct.

– Joe Eszterhas of Showgirls and Basic Instinct infamy has sold Our Lady of Guadalupe, a religious spec based on the legend, to LightWorkers Media.

– Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has signed on to write Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon remake.

– Joss Whedon to write and direct Warner Bros. and DC’s Batgirl movie.

– Lionsgate picked up Gregory Widen’s (Highlander) script Black Samurai, based on the true story.

February 2017 Script Sales

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STX Entertainment has optioned The New Neighbors, a spec written by Leslie Headland and David Schickler. The psychological drama follows a couple who move into an affluent area and uncover dirty secrets within. Headland is also attached to direct. Amblin acquired John Swetnam’s action/thriller spec Ruthless in an auction. The script follows a retired assassin who sets out on one final job after she’s diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Brad Peyton to direct. Black Bear Pictures acquired The Impossible War, a drama spec written by Robert Specland, based on the true story of Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin’s search for the polio cure. Sony picked up Teddy Tenenbaum and Minsun Park’s supernatural thriller spec /Reddoor, which follows a journalist as he reviews a new app game that kills its players. Finally, Amazon Studios and RatPac Entertainment are teaming for Melissa London Hilfers’s script Unfit, based on Adam Cohen’s nonfiction book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. Dakota Johnson is attached to star.

Other script sales include:

– J.P. Delaney to adapt his upcoming novel The Perfect Wife for Imagine Entertainment.

– Daniel Pearle to adapt his play A Kid Like Jake for That’s Wonderful Productions and Double Nickel Entertainment. Silas Howard to direct, Jim Parsons and Claire Danes to star.

– Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen to produce and star in Dan Sterling’s Black List script Flarsky.

– Joe Carnahan to write the X-Men spinoff X-Force, based on the Marvel comic book series created by Rob Liefeld.

– Universal Pictures has tapped Dan Mazeau to write their Van Helsing reboot.

– Hossein Amini to adapt Stephen Walker’s nonfiction book Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima for Universal and Working Title. Cary Fukunaga to possibly direct.

January 2017 Script Sales

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It was a slower month to start the year. Twentieth Century Fox and Sunswept Entertainment have picked up Skyward, Joe Ballarini’s drama spec based on two families that build a hot-air balloon to escape over the Berlin Wall. Based on a true story. Another true story spec: Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore’s drama spec Keeper of the Diary found a home with Fox Searchlight and Weimaraner Republic Pictures. The script follows Anne Frank’s father who struggles to find a publisher for his daughter’s diary after World War II. Universal Pictures won out in a bidding war for Rowan Athale’s spec Little America, which takes place after America has become so bankrupt that China begins calling all the shots. Michael Bay to produce, Athale to also direct. Finally, Prime Universe Productions and Marlowe Pictures are teaming for Slayer, an action/fantasy spec written by Joel Dorland. The story follows a fisherman who seeks vengeance on four demonic knights who kidnapped his wife and slaughtered his village.

Other script sales include:

– Paramount picked up Action Park, written by John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, and Johnny Knoxville. Tim Kirby to direct, Knoxville to star/produce.

– Molly Smith Metzler to adapt Ali Benjamin’s YA novel The Thing About Jellyfish for OddLot. Reese Witherspoon to produce.

– Joby Harold has been tapped to rewrite The Flash for DC/Warner Bros.

– Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s company Gary Sanchez will produce the 2015 Black List script Crook County, written by Aaron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, who will both direct as well.

– Stephen Gaghan to adapt the video game Tom Clancy’s The Division. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain to star.

– Kenya Barris to write the White Men Can’t Jump remake for Twentieth Century Fox.

December 2016 Script Sales

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Hollywood winded down in December for the holidays and the new year, which meant the last month of 2016 ended up a slow one for script sales. But it wasn’t completely silent. Amazon Studios picked up Jack Thorne’s action/adventure spec The Aeronauts, based on the true story of balloon pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher and their hot-air balloon adventure. Twentieth Century Fox acquired The State, written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. The action/thriller spec follows a father in a desperate race to rescue his son. Anthony Jaswinski’s action/thriller spec Highway One, which follows an Afghanistan veteran with PTSD who resorts to extreme measures after her daughter is kidnapped, found a home at DreamWorks. Working Title Films is set to produce Luke Garrett’s The Englishman, a drama/thriller spec about East Germany’s Ministry for State Security. Paul Dano in talks to star, Edward Berger (Deutschland 83) attached to direct.

Other script sales:

– Jon Lucas and Scott Moore to write/direct A Bad Moms Christmas, sequel to their 2016 hit Bad Moms.

– Tracy Oliver to adapt Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel The Sun Is Also A Star for Warner Bros.

– Cristal Pictures acquired Adam Robitel and Gavin Heffernan’s sci-fi pitch about scientific experiments that are intended to help global warming, yet backfire.

– Daniel Clowes to adapt Patience for Focus Features from his own graphic novel.

– Nick Yarborough (Letters from Rosemary) to adapt the biography The Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry: Victorian England’s Most Eminent Surgeon for Maven Pictures and Crystal City Entertainment.

– Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg to rewrite the Overboard remake for MGM.

– Rodney Rothman to write/direct the female-driven spin-off to the 21 Jump Street franchise. He previously wrote 22 Jump Street.

November 2016 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.

October 2016 Script Sales

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October had a strong showing for spec material. Connor Martin’s road comedy Federal Offense found a home at Boundless Pictures. The spec pits three best friends and a foul-mouthed grandfather against a drug kingpin, gangsters, bounty hunters, and the law. Chevy Chase to star. LD Entertainment is moving forward with Ben Bolea’s buddy comedy spec The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire about a family man in a midlife crisis and an unhinged sea captain who end up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean. Participant Media and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions will produce The Price of Liberty, Michael Russell Gunn’s spec thriller about a diplomat trying to prevent potential terrorist attack after the fall of the Soviet Union. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller will produce Alex R. Johnson’s drama/thriller spec Northeast Kingdom for Paramount and Bay’s company, Platinum Dunes. The plot follows a young woman who enlists the help of a female assassin to seek revenge against those responsible for her father’s murder. Johnson will also direct. MGM has acquired Fairy Godmother, a comedy/fantasy spec written by Chiara Atik. The script is described as a revisionist take on the classic Fairy Godmother tale. Finally, Fundamental Films and Broken Road Productions are teaming for John McClain’s action/drama spec Hummingbird, which follows a black-ops assassin who questions the truth of her identity.

Other script sales:

– Miles Chapman has signed on to script the sequel to his previous movie Escape Plan. Sylvester Stallone will return to star.

– Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, The Girl on the Train) to write the live-action Snow White movie for Disney.

– Brooks McLaren will write the Rambo remake/reboot for Nu Image/Millennium Films. Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) to direct.

– Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer) to write and direct the true-crime Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders, to be based on the book by Greg King. Kate Bosworth attached star.

– Terry Schwarzman and Ben Stillman to produce Casey Affleck’s thriller script Villain. Affleck to also star.

– The third entry in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchise has assembled its team of writers, which includes Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party), Gary Whitta (Book of Eli), and Kieran Fitzgerald (Snowden).

September 2016 Script Sales

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First up, a Pipeline success story! Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer Matt J. O’Neill has sold his currently untitled sports drama to NBC. LeBron James to produce under his company SpringHill Entertainment (Survivor’s Remorse). Green-Light International and Imprint Entertainment have acquired Zika Agiashvili’s spec The Silver Arrow, a heist thriller about thieves searching for a legendary pre–World War II racecar, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael to direct. Madhouse has acquired the spec biopic American Rebel. Written by Christopher Cosmos, the story follows Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Amy Pascal to produce.

Other script sales:

– Marty Katz to produce Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans’s Roy Orbison biopic, The Big O.

– Scott Rudin Productions has acquired Mindy Kaling’s untitled talk show screenplay. Kaling and Emma Thompson attached to star.

– Terence Winter to write Andy Warhol biopic, based on Victor Bockris’s book, Warhol: The Biography. Michael De Luca and Jared Leto to produce, Leto attached to star.

– Sony is moving forward with writer/director Dan Gilroy’s legal thriller Inner City. Denzel Washington to star.

– The Weinstein Company and Nick Wechsler Productions will produce Jeremy Brock’s biographical script based on the life of Edgardo Mortara, an Italian boy who was taken from his Jewish parents and raised Catholic. Robert De Niro to possibly star.

– FilmNation Entertainment and The Playtone Company to produce Greyhound, a WW2 drama written by Tom Hanks. Hanks to possibly star, Aaron Schneider to direct.

– Daniel Radcliffe and Zachary Quinto will star in writer/director Zach Helm’s We Do Not Forget, a crime drama inspired by a true story.

August 2016 Script Sales

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To kick things off, Script Pipeline 2010 Screenwriting Competition–winning script Prom Queen, written by Debbie Chesebro and Tyson FitzGerald, has been optioned by Jeremy Garelick’s production company Classy Films. FilmNation Entertainment and Temple Hill Productions will team to produce Dan Fogelman’s spec romance screenplay Life Itself, described as a multigenerational love story that follows characters in various locations over a few decades. Fogelman will also direct. Eva Longoria and her company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment will produce writer/director Lauren Iungerich’s comedy My Daughter’s Quinceañera, which follows a single father as he plans his daughter’s dream party. Finally, Lakeshore Entertainment is set to produce The Wedding Year, a spec script written by Donald Diego. The romantic comedy follows a female millennial who has to go to fifteen weddings in the same year.

Other script sales:

– Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to star in writer/director Etan Cohen’s mystery/comedy Holmes and Watson.

– Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) to write the Detective Pikachu movie for Legendary Pictures and Universal, to be based on Game Freak and Nintendo’s game.

– Participant Media acquired Rupert Wyatt and Erica Beeney’s sci-fi script Captive State in a competitive auction. Wyatt to direct.

– Cameron Fey has been tapped to adapt COPS into a Lethal Weapon–esque movie. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer to produce/direct.

– Yeardley Smith to produce Shea and Eva Mirza’s comedy Doppelgängers.

– Scott Free Productions is moving forward with Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel’s The Aftermath, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Ridley Scott to produce, James Kent to direct, and Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård to star.

July 2016 Script Sales

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July was a slower month for script sales. . . . Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company will produce Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic’s comedy spec Besties, a comedy about a woman and her three best friends who set off on a road trip to break up the wedding of her childhood crush. Amblin and Madhouse Entertainment will team up to produce Pete Bridges’ sci-fi/action spec The Fall, which follows a newly divorced couple trying to get to the suburbs on foot, where their children are home alone during an alien invasion. New Line has acquired the rights to The Cold War, based on David Wolman and Julian Smith’s article about a turf war between ice cream trucks. Fox 2000 acquired Ted Melfi’s Fruit Loops, which has been described as being in the same vein as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

More script sales:

– Kirsten Dunst and Nellie Kim to write the script for The Bell Jar, based on Sylvia Plath’s novel. Dunst to also direct.

– Joe Carnahan to adapt Uncharted for Sony.

– Paul Dano to direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford’s novel. The adapted script was written by Dano and Zoe Kazan.

– Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to write the sequel/reboot The Rocketeers for Disney.

– Alcon and Madhouse have acquired Sheri Elwood’s comedy pitch Besties about a young woman who becomes besties with her new roommate only to discover she’s a dangerous psychopath.

– Eric Heisserer to write Lights Out 2 for New Line.