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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.