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September 2013 Script Sales

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition winner Tripper Clancy, who found representation with a Pipeline industry partner, sold The Ambassadors. Danny Boon will direct the 20th Century Fox-helmed ensemble comedy. Meanwhile, another Pipeline alum, Evan Daugherty, was hired to write GI Joe 3 for Paramount. Oscar Bait Alert: the Weinstein Company producing a biopic on acclaimed writer J.D. Salinger. Oscar Bait Alert Part II: DiCaprio may star in a biopic of Woodrow Wilson. And a ton of dramas–more than usual–round out the month. Other script sales include: – The original cast, all the way down to Jamie Foxx, will reprise their roles in a Horrible Bosses sequel. – JK Rowling returns–her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel of sorts to Harry Potter, will hit the big screen. – An adaptation of the video game Ghost Recon. Michael Bay to potentially direct. – Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill tabbed…

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August 2013 Script Sales

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File this under the “Why Not?” category: Avatar part two, three, and four, all in development with James Cameron and a handful of co-writers. Early box office estimates are approximately $7 gillion. Also getting the sequel special, The Bourne Identity 5. Some dramas and period scripts were in the mix as well, including The Esperanza Fire, from Legendary Pictures, based on the true story, as well as the Ron Howard project In the Heart of the Sea, a survival tale about a stranded whaling ship in the 1800s. And on a lighter note, a fully animated Scooby-Doo film is in the works. Other script sales include: – Vertigo taking the wheel on Stephen King’s epic story The Stand. – The Twilight Zone movie seems to be on the right track, at long last. – Comedian Amy Schumer bringing her talents to the big screen, both writing and acting, in an…

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July 2013 Script Sales

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Amongst a spattering of sci-fi thrillers, a few popular titles emerge, including Gran Turismo and a follow-up to the tremendously successful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a remake of the Swedish adaptation The Girl Who Played with Fire. Bust out an 80s keyboard and polish up your “Axel F” skills: Beverly Hills cop Axel Foley (aka Eddie Murphy) will return in a fourth installment of the franchise. And Tom Hanks is top dog in another Dan Brown thriller, Inferno. Ron Howard will direct. Other script sales include: – A biopic on the life of quarterback Kurt Warner (whose true story might be a lot more incredible than most think. . . ) – It’s about time: Artemis Fowl, coming soon. Robert De Niro to executive produce the Disney pic. – Fox taking the wheel on a big-screen rendition of the now-classic comic series X-Force. – Winner of stand-out title…

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June 2013 Script Sales

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx team up for the crime/drama Mean Business on North Ganson Street, marking the second time the two A-list actors join forces. Speaking of reteaming: Harry and Lloyd (aka Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) will match wits again in Dumb and Dumber To. Lionsgate dealing with White Girl Problems–what’s not to like about that title? And Ditto on the comedy Sports Chick, co-written by Jason Reitman, and the Benderspink project A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man. Universal and Vinson Films will also produce a live-action remake of the Japanses anime film Vexille. Other script sales include: – Classic throwback alert: an adaptation of the children’s classic Encyclopedia Brown. Warner Bros. and Vertigo Entertainment producing. – Susan Cooper, written by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), an action comedy putting a female in the James Bond role. – Reboot: Tomb Raider. – An adaptation of the Choose Your…

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May 2013 Script Sales

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Someone opened the Drama floodgates: a greater-than-average number of specs were dramas or variations thereof, including Legacy of Secrecy, which explores the mafia’s role in the JFK assassination. Jason Blum producing the thriller Visions and Reawakening. Benderspink and Universal producing the fantasy Red Queen, with Benderspink also on board to produce a film based on Medieval Times, optioning the rights to the well-known dinner show. Also a handful of sequels to popular franchises, including Red, Blade Runner, Men in Black, Joe Dirt, Mission Impossible, and Bad Santa. Other script sales include: – Francis Ford Coppola is doing an Italian-American period drama. That’s all we need to know. – Billy Crystal to (finally) direct the 1940s baseball project Man on Spikes. – The world needs more Michael Shannon, and he’s set to star in an as-of-yet untitled action/sci-fi thriller. – John Travolta tabbed for a biopic of John Gotti Jr.

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April 2013 Script Sales

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Everything got a little more serious in April, with a slate of sci-fi, action, thriller, and adventure dominating the mix, rather than an influx of comedies. With the minor exceptions of Dodgeball 2 and a new, modernized take on the classic 80s film Weird Science. A prequel to Stephen King’s The Shining is also in the works, The Overlook Hotel. And get battle-ready: Gears of War, based on the bestselling video game franchise, and Battle Los Angeles 2, a burgeoning franchise itself, are in development. Other script sales include: – Good grief, it’s about time: Blue Sky will helm a CG Charlie Brown film. – 20th Century Fox taking the lead on an adaptation of Guys and Dolls. – The real question is: why wouldn’t John McClane go to Tokyo in Die Hardest? – Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Bros. to produce Dungeons and Dragons, sure to shed the “geek” stigma…

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March 2013 Script Sales

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Maybe dramas are on the comeback after all. A handful of drama/___ specs sold in March, including the sci-fi/drama All Our Yesterdays, the family/drama Milton’s Secret, to star Peter Fonda, and the drama/romance The Engagement, with Reese Witherspoon producing. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to produce the comedy Crazy U, based on the book. The duo is also producing the dramedy Welcome to Me–Kristen Wiig to potentially star. And Ron Howard’s Imagine is teaming up with Universal on another Will Smith sci-fi/action, a remake of the lesser-known film Colossus: The Forbin Project. Other script sales include: – Jason Sudeikis + Charlie Day = Night on the Hudson. With two comic geniuses, does the plot matter? – Disney on board to remake the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon. – Because teen fantasy adaptations usually turn out pretty well: Daughter of Smoke and Bone in development. Joe Roth (Snow White and the Huntsman)…

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February 2013 Script Sales

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It’s a perfect world for novelists and those with incredible true stories. . . . A handful of fantasy/sci-fi specs in development, including The Drowned World, WB and Heyday producing, and the children’s fantasy Tunnels, both based on novels of the same name. A new Fantastic Four coming soon. Newcomer Josh Trank at the helm. And Melissa McCarthy will try her hand at writing (and still starring, this time with real-life husband Ben Falcone) in Just Do It, about a married couple who plans to have sex for 101 straight days. Naturally, a romantic comedy. Other script sales include: – A testament to the talents of the late John Hughes, Paramount and Roth films working on a rewrite of his script The Grisbys Go Broke. – Barry Levinson directing a biopic on gangster Whitey Bulger. Johnny Depp attached. – Keeping the video game adaptation trend alive: Spy Hunter, based on…

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January 2013 Script Sales

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This was inevitable, but may have happened a little sooner than most anticipated–and with an unlikely name at the helm: JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot taking a bit of a genre turn with Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong to be released through Paramount. Also proving that notorious true stories get the fast-track-to-development, Happy Valley will cover Joe Paterno and the Penn State scandal, with Brian De Palma directing and Al Pacino attached to play the legendary coach. And over a decade after the enthralling original, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 set to go into production. The Weinsteins producing. Other script sales include: – Apparently inspired by a mere illustration: the fantasy/family Teddy Bear, about a stuffed animal who protects its owner from monsters under the bed. – Entourage the movie gets the green light. Mark Wahlberg co-producing. The original cast set to reprise their roles. – MGM. Ben-Hur….

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December 2012 Script Sales

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A relatively unremarkable month for script sales after a big 2012, but some great projects in development nonetheless. A few teen/sci-fi scripts in the mix, including Monument 14, based on the recent novel, and Reboot, which will be published in 2013. Benderspink and Summit Entertainment co-producing the comedy Bitches 11, and Script Pipeline partner Thruline Entertainment managing the writer of recently sold Revoc, a sci-fi/thriller. Summit producing as well, with Mandeville Films. Steve Carrell may also star in the based-on-a-true-story comedy about everyone in a small village winning the lottery–except one man. Other script sales include: – 20th Century Fox adapting the sci-fi/thriller Theory of Everything, from the uber-cool comic series. – Disney + sea creatures = inevitably heartwarming in Dolphin Boy, about dolphins nurturing the recovery of a young Arab boy. – Can’t wait to see the plot: Alice in Wonderland 2 has the green light. Joe Roth producing….

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November 2012 Script Sales

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Adaptations abound in November. Benderspink and Gareb Shamus’ Black Bull Media co-producing The New West, based on the sci-fi/action comic series. Also on Benderspink’s slate: Home Invasion, a found footage thriller with Joel Silver co-producing. Chris Columbus back in action with a screen adaptation of his novel series House of Secrets. Fox Searchlight producing a biopic of famed singer Susan Boyle, and Johnny Carson also getting the life story treatment. Other script sales include: – Tom Hardy to star in Splinter Cell, based on the mega-popular video game. – Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy join forces for a third installment of Twins (no, no. . . seriously). – One can hardly type it out, but. . . Star Wars. Episode VII. For real. Geeks and non-geeks everywhere rejoice. – No relation to Mean Girls, Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon starring in Mean Moms.

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October 2012 Script Sales

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Huge month for script sales. Danny DeVito producing (and with a little luck, starring) in the comedy Honeymoon with Dad. Title self-explanatory. Based on the graphic novel, Benderspink producing the action/thriller Langley High, as well as the rather cool-sounding Foretold about a man sent through time to overthrow a future, evil version of himself. Nia Vardalos is back on the rom-com–scratch that: anti-rom-com–trail with Leftovers. The spirit of The Magnificent Seven + Adam Sandler = Ridiculous 6. Perhaps a Three Amigos for the 21st century, and if so, bravo, Mr. Sandler. Other script sales include: – Elijah Wood starring in and producing Cooties, a horror about elementary school students turning into “mass savages”. . . . A very realistic horror, indeed. – Because the world needs a Scarface without a dated, albeit classic, 80s montage, Universal will reboot the crime/drama. – The doctor is in: development is underway for a…

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September 2012 Script Sales

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The extraordinary writer of Safe House, David Guggenheim, sold his high-concept action spec Black Box to Universal. Speaking of which, a sequel to Safe House in the works, with Ryan Reynolds possibly starring. Disney will produce a remake of The Flamingo Kid, and Warner Bros. on board for another crack at a live-action/animated Looney Tunes movie. Powerhouses Benderspink and Heyday Films team up on an adaptation of the soon-to-be-published teen sci-fi/adventure The Planet Thieves. And rounding on noted sales include a couple former Blacklist scripts: a period drama, The Imitation Game, and the action By Way of Helena. Other script sales include: – Nic Cage is attached to the latest from Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), the legal drama Amicus. Script Pipeline partner Darko Entertainment producing. – Soon, movie audiences can witness the power of “trading up” in One Red Paperclip, how one man, through a number of trades, goes from…

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August 2012 Script Sales

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Name any genre and chances are at least one script in it sold, with close to 100 sales during a rather busy August. And four words seemed to pop up a lot: “to be based on.” Cameron Crowe returns with the drama Beautiful Boy, Plan B producing. Tom Cruise will star in a remake of The Magnificent Seven–remaining magnificent six have not yet been named. And the former, much-talked-about Blacklist script Chewie is headed toward production. The story is based on the life of Peter Mayhew, who played Star Wars’ Chewbacca. Prometheus and The Avengers also have sequels in the works. Other script sales include: – Here’s an “ologist” we haven’t seen before: The Demonologist, with Robert Zemeckis producing, based on the soon-to-be published novel about a “Paradise Lost” expert rescuing his daughter in a demonic underworld. – Riding the biblical wave, a script about the infamous Pontius Pilate. –…

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July 2012 Script Sales

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Cutting right to the chase: Ghostbusters 3 has legs again, with the original cast to (potentially) return. Back on the low-budget horror train, Jason Blum is teaming up with Michael bay on Ouija. Jerry Weintraub will produce an adaptation on the life of Hugh Hefner–it’s about time, frankly. Apparently it’s under tight wraps, but four words: JJ. Abrams. Earthquake. Movie. And you know all the big studio films that were released this year? Yeah, they’re all getting sequels. Other script sales include: – Bill Murray rumored to star in St. Vincent de Van Nuys. – Another reboot, anyone? Fantastic Four may get the 5-star treatment in this new go-around. – Willow Smith probable to star in a remake of the Broadway hit Annie. Overbrook Entertainment producing. – Prometheus 2. So if it’s true that the first film was an Alien prequel of sorts, does that mean the sequel will just…

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