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Script Sales

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.