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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.

July 2014 Script Sales

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Adaptations, spin-offs, sequels. . . source material dominated in July, with Skull Island spinning off from King Kong and a live-action Dumbo moving forward. WB picked up Anne McCaffrey’s fantasy series Dragonriders of Pern and classic arcade game Space Invaders. Mike Tyson and Shel Silverstein are getting their own biopics as well. On the original script front: Diablo Run by Shea and Evan Mirzai, a Blacklist project, has found a home at Atmosphere Entertainment. Matthew Kennedy, repped by Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver, sold A Man Called Death, and country singer Miranda Lambert will star in Something in the Water.

Other script sales include:

– The sequels Enchanted 2G.I. Joe 3, and Last Vegas 2 are all moving forward with new writers attached.

– Quentin Tarantino un-cancelled his western The Hateful Eight.

– Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to produce Manimal adaptation for Sony.

– Steve Carell producing Brooklyn Family Robinson, based on an idea by David Reynolds, Charlie Hartsock, and Vance Degeneres.

June 2014 Script Sales

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A somewhat slower month. . . . In true retro fashion, Dreamworks developing an animated Felix the Cat film. Even more retro: Medusa, another animated comedy coming from Sony Pictures. Wasting no time at all, as the news of his release broke less than a month ago, Bowe Bergdahl’s story will become a feature in America’s Last Prisoner of War. Fox Searchlight taking the helm. Will Smith set to star in the as-of-yet untitled NFL concussion project, bringing to light the injuries sustained by ex-football players. And Oliver Stone writing/directing a film about the notorious Edward Snowden.

Other script sales include:

– Featuring an all-female Delta Force, the action/thriller The Athena Project, based on the novel by Brad Thor. MMA fighter Ronda Rousey attached to star.

– A remake of the 1980s thriller War Games is back on track.

– Ken Jeong will star in the political road comedy (yes, that’s a genre now) International Incident.

– Marvel’s latest property to enter the development pipeline: Doctor Strange. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) writing.

May 2014 Script Sales

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty (Divergent) will write and direct an adaptation of the of the supernatural thriller Ink and Bone. Lee Clay (Beautiful Boy) to produce with The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) might have another shot at an Oscar nom in the teen drama Counting By 7’s. And continuing the epic parade of sequels: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, World War Z, Independence Day, Spring Breakers, Mission: Impossible, V/H/S, and The Bourne Legacy. That’s a lot for one month.

Other script sales include:

– Based on a Salon.com article, the self-explanatory romantic comedy The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever. Offspring Entertainment producing.

– Because it’s never too early for a LeBron James biopic: a story about his days as a top high school basketball player. Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) co-producing.

– Will Ferrell co-producing an animated feature of The Flintstones.

– Over 20 years after its release, Stephen King’s intense thriller Gerald’s Game will hit the screen.

April 2014 Script Sales

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It took a while, about 20 years to be exact, but Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire will grace a new generation of audiences in need of a great family (well, family-ish) comedy. Tripp Vinson (Vinson Films) to produce the Universal sci-fi project Terrestrial. Still in its early stages: Brian Grazer co-producing a film about Dodgers star Yasiel Puig’s escape from Cuba to become one of the biggest sensations in baseball. Flash Gordon and Barbie will get adaptations–probably no crossover movie any time soon. And the multi-talented Ellen Page will (thankfully) star in an action movie, Queen and Country.

Other script sales include:

– Legendary actor John Cleese makes a return to the screen in the spy comedy The B Team.

– Masters of the Universe, a draft of which was previously written by Script Pipeline contest winner Evan Daugherty, still moving forward in development with Sony.

– Battlestar Galactica made for an incredible series, so why not make a feature. Universal producing.

– JJ Abrams taking the helm on the low-budget thriller Valencia, which surely promises to be another fresh concept from Bad Robot.

March 2014 Script Sales

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Amongst another month full of young adult novel adaptations and remakes, a few original specs cracked through, as well as some classic stories about to become new again. Sofia Coppola set to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which may stick to the original storyline by Hans Christian Anderson. Summit Entertainment continues to tap into the tween market with Dork Diaries, based on the book series. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct the Paul Haggis sci-fi/crime script The Juliet. And a reboot of the horror film The Grudge is also in the works.

Other script sales include:

– An (animated) adaptation of The Pink Panther. MGM taking the helm.

– A biopic on pitcher R.A. Dickey, who after years in the minor leagues, finally makes the majors and becomes, albeit briefly, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.

– The comedy Vacation Friends. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt starring, 20th Century Fox producing.

– Meryl Streep will star in the Diablo Cody project Ricky and the Flash.

February 2014 Script Sales

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At long last: a movie about the early video game industry. Console Wars will pit Nintendo versus Sega, the fantasy of every 80s video game geek. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directing–arguably, an ideal choice. Based on, if not very loosely, Dennis Rodman’s exploits in North Korea, Peter Chernin is producing the comedy Diplomats. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill together again for a film based on Olympic hero-turned-terrorism-suspect Richard Jewell. And amongst a handful of drama and crime novel adaptations, a few no-brainer sequels: We’re the Millers, Space Jam (long overdue), and The Lego Movie.

Other script sales include:

– Sony will produce the horror The Bringing, based on the real-life mystery (and perhaps supernatural event) of a woman found dead in an LA hotel.

– Even older video games are entirely adaptable: Vertigo and Warner Bros. taking the helm on the action/adventure Minecraft.

– Still alive and kicking in development: a feature version of Stephen King’s The Stand.

– Having basically conquered the women’s MMA world, Ronda Rousey will star in the action/thriller The Athena Project.

January 2014 Script Sales

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Script Pipeline contest winner Tripper Clancy, who in December sold The Ambassadors to Fox, will write Shedd for Paramount Animation, based on an original idea from Paramount President Adam Goodman. Announced last year, Choose Your Own Adventure is a go, from the series allowing readers to “control” their story–although chances are the theater audience won’t control the plot of the movie (maybe someday). Divergent, written by Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty, will have its sequel, Insurgent, re-written by Akiva Goldsman. Brian Duffield penned the original draft. Thor 3 is set, and Daniel Craig will star in a spy thriller where his name is something other than James Bond.

Other script sales include:

– Chip N’ Dale and the Rescue Rangers get their first mainstream feature break. The project will be mixed live-action/CGI.

– The sports drama The Battered Bastards of Baseball, from a true story most baseball fans aren’t even familiar with.

– Spielberg to produce the period action/drama Montezuma, based on the original script by Dalton Trumbo (yes, the Dalton Trumbo).

– Tripp Vinson and Benderspink to co-produce the musical Disney comedy Bob: The Musical, written by Allan Loeb.

December 2013 Script Sales

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Amongst a number of genre pitches, in one of the final deals of the year, Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy (The Ambassadors) sold his comedy pitch Winter Break to QED International (District 9). 20th Century Fox will remake Guys and Dolls. A film detailing the Berlin Olympics and Jesse Owens’ legendary performance is in motion–Walt Disney producing. And a pair of Spider-Man spinoffs, The Sinister Six and Venom, join a pair of sports-related projects, Lance Armstrong and Vince Lombardi biopics.

Other script sales include:

– Batman vs. Superman is a go. Zack Snyder will direct the ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, and Henry Cavill.

– Josh Gad will star in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Gilligan’s Island.

– If you’re going to remake The Naked Gun, who better to star than Ed Helms. . . ?

– Tom Cruise will naturally reprise his role in a sequel to Jack Reacher.

November 2013 Script Sales

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The superhero movie trend isn’t going anywhere for a while, with a number of script sales based on comics/graphic novels, including Sleeper, to be produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. And after what is soon to be six Lord of the Rings films, Tolkien himself (well, an actor playing Tolkien) will hit the big screen in a biopic produced by Fox Searchlight. Napoleon, too, gets the biopic treatment. Rupert Sanders directing. Seems like this is the case every month, but it was far more noticeable in November: nearly 100% of script sales were either a pitch, an adaptation, or material based on a true story.

Other script sales include:

– For those who haven’t heard of Key and Peele, you will soon, in a Judd Apatow-helmed project.

– You had us at “Untitled Stan Lee Pitch,” Columbia Pictures.

– Monster High, based on the Mattel line of dolls.

– The Heat may not have lived up to critical expectations, but it’s getting a spin-off film.