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April 2016 Script Sales

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Twentieth Century Fox picked up Stuber, a comedy spec from Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest Winner Tripper Clancy for mid-six figures. Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will produce. Two biopic specs are moving forward: Cliff Hollingsworth’s Done It All, based on the life of Merle Haggard, at GMH Productions, and Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi’s Exposure, centering on Rosalind Franklin whose contributions to the discovery of DNA went uncredited before her death, at Entertainment One Films International. Lionsgate acquired Joshua Friedlander’s dramedy spec Couple Up, which centers on an unhappily married couple who see what life would be like if they had never met. Finally, Benderspink and Fox will produce Joe Greenberg’s elevated sci-fi spec Man Alive.

Other script sales include:

– Ben Jacoby to write The First Omen, prequel to The Omen, for Fox. David Goyer to produce.

– Sam Esmail’s 2008 Blacklist script Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations has found a home at STX Entertainment and Anonymous Content.

– Stacey Menear to write the Dennis the Menace adaptation for Warner Bros.

– Darren Lemke to write the sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps for Sony.

– Sean Anders and John Morris to write the sequel to the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home. Anders to also direct.

March 2016 Script Sales

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Many high-profile projects were acquired in March. Dan Harmon will produce Isaac Adamson’s Black List script Bubbles, a Michael Jackson biopic told from the point-of-view of his chimp Bubbles. It will be a stop-motion animation film. A pair of specs from Max Landis (Chronicle) were picked up in March: Deeper, a mystery/thriller about a disgraced astronaut, by Phantom Four Films and Addictive Pictures, and Bright, a fantasy centering on orcs, fairies, and police officers, by Netflix. The latter sold for $3 million. Paramount is moving forward with BenDavid Grabinski’s Bravado, about a former soldier who takes a job as a police officer. Anonymous Content picked up the drama spec Letters From Rosemary, written by Nick Yarborough and based on Rosemary Kennedy and the lobotomy that left her permanently incapacitated. Emma Stone set to star.

Other script sales include:

– Disney gave Script Pipeline winner Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the HuntsmanDivergent) the go-ahead on developing Rose Red, based on an original script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan.

– David Wain to direct a star-studded cast in A Futile and Stupid Gesture, based on the early history of National Lampoon and written by Michael Colton and John Aboud.

– A24 and Scott Rudin Productions have acquired Jonah Hill’s coming-of-age spec Mid ’90s. Hill to also direct.

– Delia Ephron to adapt her novel Siracusa for Working Title Films. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon to direct.

– Sofia Coppola to write/direct a remake of The Beguiled for American Zoetrope. Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, and Kirsten Dunst to star.

– EFO Films and Film 44 are teaming to produce Taylor Kitsch’s drama/thriller script Pieces. Kitsch to also direct.

– Fox Searchlight to produce writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s untitled Cold War romance/drama. Octavia Spencer to potentially star.

February 2016 Script Sales

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Treehouse Pictures acquired Katie Silberman’s romantic comedy spec Set It Up about two assistants who try to get their nasty bosses out of their hair. Emilia Clarke attached to star. Bold Films is moving forward with the superhero drama spec Samaritan written by Bragi Schut. The film centers around a young boy and a mysterious old man twenty years after a superhero defeats a supervillain and has gone missing. Tyler Marceca’s thriller specs Burnt Offering and Malpractice have found homes at Armory Films and Endurance Media, respectively. Burnt Offering is described as being Prisoners meets Silence of the Lambs while Malpractice centers around a disgraced surgeon who becomes involved in a terrorism plot. Finally, FilmNation Entertainment has acquired Oliver Kramer’s legal thriller spec Leverage, a murder mystery centered on Wall Street.

Other script sales include:

– Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio to write It’s a Small World for Disney, to be based on the ride.

– Disney has also tapped Sebastian Gutierrez to write 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo, to be based on Jules Verne’s novel and James Mangold to direct.

– Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman to adapt Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark for CBS Films.

– H2O Motion Pictures has acquired the comedy Stiff, written by Dan Mazer and directed/produced by Michael Dowse.

– Universal Pictures won out in a bidding war for Gillian Flynn’s short story “The Grownup,” a supernatural thriller to be adapted by Natalie Krinsky.

January 2016 Script Sales

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January was a slower month for script sales. Elston Films optioned Justin Kremer’s 2013 Black List spec Bury the Lead. Independent Pictures is moving forward with Delia Ephron’s The Book. Meg Ryan will direct. Skydance Productions and Mockingbird Pictures will co-produce Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese’s Life, in which astronauts discover traces of life on Mars that may be more intelligent than they expected. Jared and Jarusha Hess to write NickToons for Nickelodeon. The movie will be based on various Nickelodeon cartoon characters, and Jared Hess will also direct.

Other script sales include:

– Drive‘s Nicolas Winding Refn is teaming with Spectre writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade for an as-of-now untitled action/thriller with an Asian setting.

– Screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow are reteeming for an untitled film set during the 1967 Detroit riot.

– Fox 2000 has picked up Melisa Wallack’s pitch for The Fixer, which is based on the life of Denise White, a former Miss USA contestant who represents high-profile sports stars. Jennifer Aniston to produce and star.

– Nicole Perlman has signed on to the Labyrith remake/reboot. Lisa Henson and The Jim Henson Company will produce.

– Netflix picked up a few thrillers, including Tony Elliot’s Arq and Alistair Legrand and Luke Harvis’s Clinical. Both will be distributed on their site.

– Twentieth Century Fox purchased the horror/comedy Dead Mall, based on a pitch by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Faxon and Rash will also direct.

November 2015 Script Sales

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Hollywood moved a little slower this month, as is to be expected for the holiday season. MGM picked up Matthew Orton’s untitled historical thriller spec about Mossad agents trying to capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Chuck Hayward’s sorority dramedy Ain’t No Half Steppin found a home at Broad Green Pictures. The story follows a black sorority girl who agrees to teach black Greek stepping to stereotypical white sorority girls who are about to lose their charter. Good Universe is moving forward with Jessie Andrews’ dramedy script Empress of Serenity about a lawyer forced to take a cruise to bond with his estranged father. Bill Hader to star, Andrews to also direct. Max Landis’ Deeper is moving forward at Phantom Four Films and Addictive Pictures. The psychological thriller focuses on a disgraced astronaut on a mission to reach the bottom of an oceanic trench and the mysterious forces he encounters. Finally, Casey Affleck will produce and direct Damien Ober’s Far Bright Star, based on the novel by Robert Olmstead.

Other script sales include:

– Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to write/direct the sequel to his Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

– Paramount has tapped William Monahan to write an Evel Knievel biopic, based on the book by Sheldon Saltman.

– DreamWorks Animation has picked up Edgar Wright and David Williams’ untitled family comedy/fantasy. Wright to direct.

– Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer have signed on to reboot Van Helsing for Universal.

– DreamWorks optioned T.J. Miller and M. Miller Davis’ action/comedy pitch Ex-Criminals. Miller to possibly star.

October 2015 Script Sales

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Fox picked up Brian Duffield’s spec Underwater, a thriller following a crew after an earthquake destroys their underwater station. Fox also bought Ascension, a sci-fi spec written by Shannon Triplett focusing on a scientist after Earth’s gravity disappears. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) to possibly produce and direct. Focus Features acquired Matt King’s drama/thriller spec Boomtown about a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country. And New Line optioned Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer’s female-driven heist spec Met Gala Heist.

Other script sales:

– Dennis Kelly to pen the sequel to World War Z, based on an earlier draft by Steven Knight.

– Olivia Milch has been tapped to write an all-female remake of Ocean’s Eleven. George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh to produce, Gary Ross to direct, and Sandra Bullock to potentially star.

– 42 to produce the thriller In Darkness, written by Anthony Byrne and Game of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer. Dormer to star, Byrne to direct.

– Universal picked up Ori Guendelmann and Rob McClelland’s 2015 Blood List script Bump.

– Bryce Kass’ Lizzie Borden script found a home at The Playtone Company and Artina Films. Will feature Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny.

– Paramount picked up Luna Park, a sci-fi heist script by Jason Fuchs. Doug Liman will direct. Tom Cruise to star.

September 2015 Script Sales

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Warner Bros. acquired Hammerspace, a sci-fi script written by Mike Van Waes. The story focuses on a terminally ill teenager who discovers an alternate, animated dimension while searching for his missing father. After a bidding war, Universal bought Todd Jones and Eral Ritchey Jones’ family drama/fantasy spec Humbug, an updated version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Ice Cube is set to star and produce. And New Line picked up Michael Gunn’s The Virginian. The period-action spec follows a young George Washington who, eager to join the British Army, goes on a dangerous mission to conquer a French fort and save the American colonies.

Other script sales:

– The infamous website Silk Road is getting the movie treatment in Dark Web. Will Staples (Call of Duty) is set to write.

– Liam Neeson has signed on to Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi’s thriller The Commuter.

– Jordan Peele’s horror/thriller script Get Out has been picked up by Blumhouse Productions. Peele is also set to direct.

– The recent, universally acclaimed thriller Sicario will get a sequel. Original writer Taylor Sheridan will oversee.

– Amazon is moving forward on Tom Kuntz’s dark comedy Desired Moments. Kristen Wiig attached to star.

– Adrien Brody will produce/star in Brian Tucker’s thriller Expiration.

August 2015 Script Sales

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Hollywood all but decided to take the month off, making August one of the slowest months for script sales this year. Summit Entertainment and The Gotham Group picked up John Gary’s sci-fi/thriller spec, and besides that: no other spec sales. However, a few other projects were set up. Vincent D’Onofrio (DaredevilLaw & Order: CI) is attached to star in and direct screenwriter Andrew Lanham’s western The Kid. Jac Schaeffer’s Blacklist script The Shower, a sci-fi comedy about an alien attack during a baby shower, is moving forward at Andrew Lauren Productions, with Anne Hathaway to produce/star. Finally, Sascha Penn’s thriller script April 29, 1992 was picked up by Lionsgate and Will Packer Productions.

Other script sales:

– Dwain Worrell’s Dante’s Inferno found a home at Warner Bros.

– Reese Witherspoon to produce/star in Bill Marsilii’s supernatural thriller pitch Cold.

– New Line picked up Mikki Daughtry and David Boxerbaum’s thriller pitch The Children.

– Finally, Pez Candy is getting an animated movie, based on Cameron Fay’s pitch.

July 2015 Script Sales

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It was a slower month for script sales. Disney acquired Prince Charming, a fantasy/comedy spec by Matthew Fogel about Prince Charming’s brother who has never lived up to his family name. MGM has purchased the spec script Bed Rest written by Lori Evans Taylor, a Hitchcockian thriller about an expectant mother confined to bed rest. Fubar Films optioned Bill Kennedy’s Blacklist script The Fixer, a gritty mob drama set in Los Angeles. Paramount and Red Hour films moving forward with Red Shirts, a college football comedy pitch from Veep‘s Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh. Ben Stiller to produce.

Other script sales:

– Paul Thomas Anderson to write Pinocchio for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey. RDJ attached to star.

– Hero Films and Fable House will co-produce Manhattan Love Story, a multiracial romance written by Andy Tennant, Rick Parks, and Adrien Brody. Brody to star, Tennant to direct.

– Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow will go back to Jurassic World for the next film in the franchise.

– Sony is (actually) producing an emoji movie, based on a pitch from Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis.

– Brian Cogman to write the Sword in the Stone adaptation for Disney.

– District 9‘s Terri Tatchell to adapt the novel Apocalypse Now Now.

June 2015 Script Sales

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Sony picked up Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs’ comedy Move That Body, described as The Hangover meets (Script Pipeline favoriteWeekend at Bernie’s with female leads in a bidding war. Blumhouse and Madhouse have teamed to produce Free Fall. The thriller, written by Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker, follows an estranged father and daughter clinging to a mountainside after an accident, making it a literal cliffhanger. 21‘s Allan Loeb sold Collateral Beauty, a drama about a depressed ad exec, with Rooney Mara and Hugh Jackman attached to star. Finally, Peter Scott’s college comedy Parents Weekend is moving forward at Lotus Entertainment.

Other script sales:

– In the worst case of development hell ever. . . . Stanley Kubrik’s Civil War drama The Downslope (originally written in 1956) is finally moving forward with Marc Forster attached to direct.

– Disney brought back Linda Woolverton to pen Maleficent 2.

– Marco Ramirez (DaredevilDa Vinci’s Demons) will adapt Akira for Warner Bros.

– Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) will adapt the nonfiction book Ashley’s War for Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000.

– Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander will write the Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve sequel, Mother’s Day. Garry Marshall to direct. Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Julia Roberts to star.

– Fox picked up Jason Micallef’s (Butter) pitch for Shadows, a cryptozoological sci-fi/horror franchise.

– Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan to write and direct a Charles Darwin biopic for Disney.