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Script Sales

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.

July 2016 Script Sales

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July was a slower month for script sales. . . . Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company will produce Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic’s comedy spec Besties, a comedy about a woman and her three best friends who set off on a road trip to break up the wedding of her childhood crush. Amblin and Madhouse Entertainment will team up to produce Pete Bridges’ sci-fi/action spec The Fall, which follows a newly divorced couple trying to get to the suburbs on foot, where their children are home alone during an alien invasion. New Line has acquired the rights to The Cold War, based on David Wolman and Julian Smith’s article about a turf war between ice cream trucks. Fox 2000 acquired Ted Melfi’s Fruit Loops, which has been described as being in the same vein as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

More script sales:

– Kirsten Dunst and Nellie Kim to write the script for The Bell Jar, based on Sylvia Plath’s novel. Dunst to also direct.

– Joe Carnahan to adapt Uncharted for Sony.

– Paul Dano to direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford’s novel. The adapted script was written by Dano and Zoe Kazan.

– Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to write the sequel/reboot The Rocketeers for Disney.

– Alcon and Madhouse have acquired Sheri Elwood’s comedy pitch Besties about a young woman who becomes besties with her new roommate only to discover she’s a dangerous psychopath.

– Eric Heisserer to write Lights Out 2 for New Line.

June 2016 Script Sales

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June was a good month for spec scripts across all genres. First up was Lucas Carter’s action/comedy The Gun Show. The script, which follows a cop who wakes up after a 20-year coma and is assigned to investigate the death of his old partner, was picked up by Paramount. STX Entertainment and Getaway Productions are teaming to produce 17 Bridges, a detective thriller written by Adam Mervis. Thunder Road Pictures acquired two properties in June: the spy action/drama Burn Run, written by Mitchell LaFortune and based on real events, and Trigger Warning, described as a female version of First Blood and written by Josh Olson and John Brancato. Matthew Orton’s political thriller Reason of State is moving forward with Black Bear Pictures, Silvertown Films, and Wildgaze Films. The supernatural thriller Mary, written by Anthony Jaswinski, found a home at Tooley Productions and EMJAG Productions. Finally, Moonfall, a disaster spec written by Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, and Spenser Cohen about a mission to stop the moon from hurtling into Earth, will move forward at Universal Pictures after a competitive bidding war. Emmerich is set to direct.

Other script sales:

– Bad Robot/J.J. Abrams to produce Pamela Pettler’s animated heist comedy The Flamingo Affair. Abrams will also direct.

– Phil Johnston and Rich Moore to write the sequel Wreck-It Ralph 2 for Disney.

– Blaise Hemingway to adapt The Gates for DreamWorks, based on the first novel in John Connolly’s trilogy.

– Morgan Spurlock to write/direct the adaptation of Can I Go Now, a biography of superagent Sue Mengers.

– Michael Sheen to write, direct, and star in the adaptation of the true-story graphic novel Green River Killer for Dark Horse Entertainment.

– Adam McKay’s Bad Blood (based on the life of Elizabeth Holmes) moving forward at Legendary Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay to also direct, Jennifer Lawrence to star and produce.

– Anders Holm’s Game Over, Man!, an action/comedy described as Die Hard in a hotel, is moving forward at Netflix. Based on a story by Holm and his Workaholics costars Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, and Kyle Newacheck. Anderson, Devine, and Holm to star, and Newacheck to direct.

May 2016 Script Sales

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Black Bear Pictures and Bristol Automotive acquired Graham Moore’s spec script The Last Days of Night. The legal thriller will dramatize Thomas Edison’s lawsuit against rival George Westinghouse, whom Edison sued for one billion dollars in 1888, and will be based on Moore’s novel. Sony acquired a thriller pitch from Lori Evans Taylor about a couple whose new tenant begins to invade their lives. Akiva Goldman to produce. Emily Carmichael to write Powerhouse for Amblin Entertainment, based on an original story by Colin Trevorrow–Carmichael to direct, and Trevorrow, Steven Spielberg, and Simon Winberg set to produce. Archer Gray Productions acquired Sebastian Silva’s family thriller Captain Dad; Silva to also direct, and Catherine Keener and Michael Cera to star, with Will Ferrell in negotiations. Finally, CBS Films is moving forward with Tamara Chestna’s romantic comedy Revenge Wedding, in which a woman (with the help of her best friend) decides to turn her perfectly planned wedding into a giant disaster after she discovers her fiancé has been cheating.

Other script sales include:

– Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman, and Charlize Theron to collaborate again on Tully, a dramedy about a mother of three who develops a unique bond with a young nanny named Tully.

– Bill Murray to star in and produce James Sclafani’s crime drama The King of Counterfeit. Josh Hutchinson and Linda Cardellini to also star.

– STX Entertainment is partnering with Happy Madison to produce an untitled animated comedy written by Adam Sandler.

– Dawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) action script Skyscraper was purchased after a bidding war, with Legendary Pictures, Flynn Picture Company, and Seven Bucks Entertainment winning out.

– Whitney Cummings to direct and star in The Female Brain, a romantic comedy to be based on the book by Louann Brizendine, M.D.

– Bob Saget to direct Jake, a dark comedy comedy written by Joshua Turek.