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May 2015 Script Sales

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A few specs made it to the next step in May. Fox Searchlight picked up Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi’s Pale Blue Dot about a female astronaut whose life begins to unravel after she returns to Earth. Reese Witherspoon set to produce and star. Byron Willinger and Phil De Blasi’s NSA conspiracy thriller spec Command & Control found a home at Vandal Entertainment. Warner Bros. will oversee The Infinite Horizon, a post-apocalyptic Odyssey spec written by Ryan Condal and based on a graphic novel by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto. Finally, Jeff Morris’ The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, an action-comedy spec about an accountant/aspiring author who is mistaken for a contract killer, has found new life at Netflix after being initially set up in 2009. Kevin James attached to star.

Other script sales:

– 20th Century Fox is on board Nicholas Stoller’s Friend from Home, a comedy about a college student whose new cool life is unraveled when his dorky friend comes to visit.

– Warner Bros. hired Terry Rossio and Robert Rodriguez to rewrite the Jonny Quest movie.

Finding Dory‘s Victoria Strouse to write Tink for Disney. Reese Witherspoon will add Tinker Bell to her growing schedule.

– Honeymoon‘s Leigh Janiak and Phil Graziadei to pen The Craft remake for Sony.

– The New Mutants, an X-Men spinoff and based on the popular 90s comic series, has found Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) to write and direct.

April 2015 Script Sales

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April was a slower month for script sales. Sony purchased Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton’s pitch for The Wells Initiative about a young H.G. Wells who literally experiences events that will inspire his stories. Universal has picked up A Meyers Thanksgiving, a spec comedy written by David E. Talbert about an estranged family’s first Thanksgiving after the matriarch died. OddLot bought Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack’s rom-com spec Septillion to One, which follows an FBI agent who has been transferred to the Texas State Lottery’s fraud unit. Finally, Disney has acquired a live-action, period drama Mulan spec by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.

Other script sales:

– Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan to write/direct a live-action Jack and the Beanstalk for Disney.

– Universal outbid Disney and Paramount to purchase Josh Gad and Jeremy Garelick’s untitled musical comedy. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz to provide the music.

– Warner Bros. acquired the pitch Principia, a historical thriller with Christian Contreras attached to write.

– Sean “Diddy” Combs to produce Brightmore Elementary (described as South Park in Detroit) for FX with Chip Hall and Chris Powell to write.

True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga to direct and Brokeback Mountain’s Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry to pen a drama based on the true story of Joe and Jadin Bell.

March 2015 Script Sales

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March was a great month for sci-fi writers, with numerous projects moving forward at different companies. Warner Bros. picked up Jim Uhls’ spec The Leviathan, Matt Savelloni’s horror/sci-fi spec Temple found a home at Erebus Pictures, Chris Hager’s spec Proxima is moving forward with David Lancaster and Jim Wedaa producing, and 20th Century Fox bought Dan Futterman’s dystopian spec A Shot in the Eye. Outside of the sci-fi world, Benderspink will produce Eric Bress’ spec thriller American Hostage, about home invaders who chose the wrong house. Finally, a few supernatural thriller specs are moving forward, including Descendent by Jeff Buhler and Realm by Rebecca Sonnenshine.

Other script sales:

– Jason Segel and Drew Pearce to write The Billion Brick Race, a spinoff from The Lego Movie.

– Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn and 12 Years a Slave‘s Steve McQueen are teaming for the crime/thriller Widows, about four widows attempting to successfully pull off the heist their husbands died during.

– Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to write the Alien Nation remake.

– Paramount is moving forward on Substitute Teacher, based on the sketch by Key and Peele and written by Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens.

– Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce the female-driven, high school sex comedy All the Way by Kelly Oxford.

– Ridley Scott to produce an adaptation of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novels.

February 2015 Script Sales

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For the second month in a row, Script Pipeline alums have made some waves: Evan Daugherty has signed on the write the Tomb Raider reboot, and Tripper Clancy will pen Hasbro’s Hacker Camp, each adding another script to their growing slates of projects. In other news, February was a rather busy month. Sony made a few purchases: Sniper Elite, a thriller based on the Gil Shannon novels by Scott McEwen and to be written by Sheldon Turner; Michael Finch and Alex Litvak’s Medieval, which is described as The Dirty Dozen set in the Middle Ages; and Steve Conrad’s adventure/comedy pitch about a driverless car race from Paris to Beijing, Gore Verbinski helming. Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen’s comedy The House was part of a bidding war, eventually finding a home at New Line. John Hamburg, Nicholas Stoller, and Ian Helfer sold their comedy Why Him?, a comedy about a feud between a father and his daughter’s internet billionaire boyfriend. James Franco in negotiations to star.

Other script sales:

– The first Pee-Wee Herman movie since 1988, Paul Reubens and Paul Rust’s Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday has been snagged by Netflix and Apatow Productions.

– Christopher Cosmos will write a Red Sonja adaptation for Millennium Films.

– Max Yaney and Luke Goltz’s spec crime-drama Smoke found a home at Relativity. The script is based on the true story of Joey Ippolito, socialite and speedboat racer who also smuggled cocaine.

District 9’s Neill Blomkamp to develop and direct a new Alien sequel.

– Warner Bros. picked up a Space Invaders movie, with Daniel Kunka attached to write.

January 2015 Script Sales

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2015 started out strong for former Script Pipeline Finalist Matt Altman, who sold his sci-fi/action spec Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story to Relativity Media. Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) has been hired to rewrite Zombies vs. Robots, based on the comic book by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. January was also a good mention for comedy with Barry Sonnenfeld signing on to direct Nine Lives by Dan Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin in which a businessman finds himself in the body of the family cat. Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley sold their comedy pitch Psych to Sony and Columbia. Bobby Farrelly has signed on to direct the comedy One Night Stan, written by Kevin Barnett, Chris Pappas, and Mike Bernier. Benderspink and CBS Films are producing Senior Year by Andrew Knauer and Arthur Pielli, a comedy about a high school cheerleader who wakes up from a coma after twenty years and decides to go back to school to become the prom queen.

Other script sales:

Gone Girl team Gillian Flynn and David Fincher will pen and direct (respectively) an adaptation of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.

– Edgar Wright is moving forward on his action/comedy Baby Driver, which is centered on a young getaway driver for bank robbers.

– In news related to the two biggest Star franchises: Simon Pegg and Doug Jung to write the third Star Trek, and Chris Weitz will script the as-of-now untitled Star Wars spinoff.

 Selma director/co-writer Ava DuVernay will write, direct, and produce a drama with elements of mystery and romance set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

– Matt Lieberman will adapt The Jetsons for the big screen.

December 2014 Script Sales

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It was a slower month for script sales (as Decembers usually are). Richard Tanne will write Southside with You, a romance based on Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. State Street Pictures and Paramount are moving forward with Zach Frenkel’s 2013 Black List comedy Make a Wish. Ted Nusbaum sold his coming-of-age sports drama In the Crease, which takes place in the world of lacrosse. Will Ferrell tostar in a comedy about the competitive world of Shakespearean theatre companies, based on a pitch by David Guion and Michael Handelman. And Disney picked up Brandon Barker’s revisionist Robin Hood spec Nottingham and Hood.

Other script sales include:

– Jim Carrey will star in Deep Cover, based on a pitch from Johnny Rosenthal.

– LAIKA Entertainment is gearing up for their next animated feature, with Chris Butler (ParaNorman) and Marc Haimes on scripting duties, and Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, and Ralph Fiennes lending their voices.

– Michael Starrbury (a former Script Pipeline “Recommend”) was hired to rewrite Ed Terrestrial, produced by Shrek‘s Andrew Adamson.

– Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler) writing The Founder, a biopic based on the salesman who helped brothers Mac and Dick McDonald turn their restaurant into a multi-billion dollar franchise.

– Rob Riggle and Tom Lennon to rewrite and star in the comedy The Boondoogle, about a business trip that turns into a psychedelic vortex of sex, violence, and goats.

November 2014 Script Sales

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A (presumably metric) ton of scripts were picked up from the 2014 Brit List, including Tamzin Rafn’s comedy Alice in La La Land, Matt Greenhalgh’s thriller Silencers, Paul Valnay’s sci-fi Sick Robot, and Lydia Adetunji’s psychological horror A Little Music. Back in the States, Industry Entertainment optioned Adam Taylor Barker’s Dig, a revenge thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains. McG will produce the spec script The Babysitter, a coming-of-age horror from Brian Duffield. Mark Waters has signed on to #direct the #highschoolcomedy #Catfight by Amelie Gillette (hashtags should be kept to a minimum). And Paramount bought two specs: Eric Koenig’s Matriarch, a thriller that pits a female prison psychologist against a female serial killer, and the screenplay ARES (Allied Recovery of the Extraordinary and Supernatural), in the vein of Indiana Jones and Men in Black, written by Michael Starrbury, a former Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer.

Other script sales include:

– Universal took over Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic from Sony.

– Jason Reitman to direct I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, written by Nick Hornby and based on Skip Hollandsworth’s article.

– Terry Rossio will write and Robert Downey Jr. will produce Yucatan, based on a 1700-page treatment by actor Steve McQueen.

– John August will adapt Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

South Park and Team America writer Pam Brady to pen a comedy about female football fans, based on an idea by Laura Dern and Judd Apatow.

– Steven Seagal to star in and produce his script Cypher.

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October 2014 Script Sales

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Hollywood got into the Halloween spirit this month, with several horror and thriller projects moving forward. Rob Zombie will direct his own script 31, a Most Dangerous Game-esque story with murderous clowns hunting carnival workers (what, you expected something else?). Sam Raimi producing A Man in the Dark, written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, in which teen burglars break into a psychopath’s house. Comedian Jordan Peele sold Get Out, a horror script that focuses on the fears of being a modern black man, to Darko Entertainment. Radar Pictures picked up Travis Baker and Richard Tanne’s spec horror/thriller Midnight. Shawn Levi will produce Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari’s spec Low Tide, and Original Film optioned Eric Heisserer’s pitch Exposure, a supernatural thriller in the vein of The Ring.

Other script sales include:

– Emma Thompson has been tapped to rewrite Bridget Jones’ Baby. Hopefully, things will work out better for Bridget than they did for Rosemary.

– Seth Grahame-Smith will write Lego Batman, a spinoff from The Lego Movie. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the writer/directors of the first movie) will produce.

– Steve Pink and Jeff Morris sold their comedy pitch Cop Swap to MGM.

– Katie Dippold and Paul Feig to write the Ghostbusters remake/reboot.

– Peter Warren will write Thrill Ride, a horror-comedy based on an idea by Neighbors‘ Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien.

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September 2014 Script Sales

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Female-driven stories made a good showing in September. Anthony Jaswinski sold two specs: May You Live in Interesting Times, an espionage action about a female assassin, based on a story by Jaswinski and Luke Goltz, and In the Deep, a suspense/thriller about a young woman stuck 20 yards offshore with a great white shark. Element Pictures optioned Laird Hunt’s novel Neverhome, a Mulan-esque story about a woman fighting for the Union, with Lenny Abrahamson attached to direct. The horror/thriller spec Scarecrow by Mike Scannell, in which a mother defends her daughters from a psychopath, is moving forward at Screen Gems and Unbroken Pictures. And finally, Mourning Glory has found Karen Leigh Hopkins (Because I Said So) to adapt Warren Adler’s black comedy about a single mother who attends funerals and hits on the rich, newly-widowed husbands.

Other script sales include:

– John Phillips’ Dirty Grandpa is moving forward with Zac Efron and Robert De Niro attached to star.

– Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code) has been brought on to Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Directive.

23 Jump Street, Top Gun 2, and CHiPs have all found new writers for the adaptations.

– The Salon.com article “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever” to be adapted by Adam Brooks (Definitely, Maybe).

– Angelina Jolie producing/directing Africa by Eric Roth, a biopic about paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey.

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August 2014 Script Sales

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Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman, and Robert Orci have optioned a dozen Anne Rice novels, including Interview with a Vampire, to be adapted into a series The Vampire Chronicles with Universal. Stan Lee’s idea Apollo Rising will be combined with the February spec sale Eternal by Victoria Aveyard. Two projects set on space colonies are in the pipeline: Out of this World by Allan Loeb and Moonfall by David Weil. In the comedy world, Relativity picked up All Day and a Night, a pitch by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses), and Hyde Park optioned Peter Hoare’s Killing Hasselhoff. . . Ken Jeong, David Hasselhoff, and Hulk Hogan to star. The Lonely Island is also getting a movie.

Other script sales include:

Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph‘s Jennifer Lee to adapt A Wrinkle in Time.

– Katharine Hepburn, The Three Tenors, and some Brazilian hitman who killed 492 people are getting biopics.

– Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy producing an animal trafficking film.

– Journey to the Center of the Earth gets a sequel while The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will see a prequel.

– DC and Warner Bros. have hired two writers to see who will write the Aquaman movie.