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August 2015 Script Sales

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Hollywood all but decided to take the month off, making August one of the slowest months for script sales this year. Summit Entertainment and The Gotham Group picked up John Gary’s sci-fi/thriller spec, and besides that: no other spec sales. However, a few other projects were set up. Vincent D’Onofrio (DaredevilLaw & Order: CI) is attached to star in and direct screenwriter Andrew Lanham’s western The Kid. Jac Schaeffer’s Blacklist script The Shower, a sci-fi comedy about an alien attack during a baby shower, is moving forward at Andrew Lauren Productions, with Anne Hathaway to produce/star. Finally, Sascha Penn’s thriller script April 29, 1992 was picked up by Lionsgate and Will Packer Productions.

Other script sales:

– Dwain Worrell’s Dante’s Inferno found a home at Warner Bros.

– Reese Witherspoon to produce/star in Bill Marsilii’s supernatural thriller pitch Cold.

– New Line picked up Mikki Daughtry and David Boxerbaum’s thriller pitch The Children.

– Finally, Pez Candy is getting an animated movie, based on Cameron Fay’s pitch.

July 2015 Script Sales

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It was a slower month for script sales. Disney acquired Prince Charming, a fantasy/comedy spec by Matthew Fogel about Prince Charming’s brother who has never lived up to his family name. MGM has purchased the spec script Bed Rest written by Lori Evans Taylor, a Hitchcockian thriller about an expectant mother confined to bed rest. Fubar Films optioned Bill Kennedy’s Blacklist script The Fixer, a gritty mob drama set in Los Angeles. Paramount and Red Hour films moving forward with Red Shirts, a college football comedy pitch from Veep‘s Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh. Ben Stiller to produce.

Other script sales:

– Paul Thomas Anderson to write Pinocchio for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey. RDJ attached to star.

– Hero Films and Fable House will co-produce Manhattan Love Story, a multiracial romance written by Andy Tennant, Rick Parks, and Adrien Brody. Brody to star, Tennant to direct.

– Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow will go back to Jurassic World for the next film in the franchise.

– Sony is (actually) producing an emoji movie, based on a pitch from Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis.

– Brian Cogman to write the Sword in the Stone adaptation for Disney.

– District 9‘s Terri Tatchell to adapt the novel Apocalypse Now Now.

June 2015 Script Sales

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Sony picked up Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs’ comedy Move That Body, described as The Hangover meets (Script Pipeline favoriteWeekend at Bernie’s with female leads in a bidding war. Blumhouse and Madhouse have teamed to produce Free Fall. The thriller, written by Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker, follows an estranged father and daughter clinging to a mountainside after an accident, making it a literal cliffhanger. 21‘s Allan Loeb sold Collateral Beauty, a drama about a depressed ad exec, with Rooney Mara and Hugh Jackman attached to star. Finally, Peter Scott’s college comedy Parents Weekend is moving forward at Lotus Entertainment.

Other script sales:

– In the worst case of development hell ever. . . . Stanley Kubrik’s Civil War drama The Downslope (originally written in 1956) is finally moving forward with Marc Forster attached to direct.

– Disney brought back Linda Woolverton to pen Maleficent 2.

– Marco Ramirez (DaredevilDa Vinci’s Demons) will adapt Akira for Warner Bros.

– Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) will adapt the nonfiction book Ashley’s War for Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000.

– Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander will write the Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve sequel, Mother’s Day. Garry Marshall to direct. Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Julia Roberts to star.

– Fox picked up Jason Micallef’s (Butter) pitch for Shadows, a cryptozoological sci-fi/horror franchise.

– Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan to write and direct a Charles Darwin biopic for Disney.

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.