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February 2012 Script Sales

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A good mix of genres, from comic adaptations to family comedies, fill what was a busy February for script sales. The Jetsons are coming to theaters from WB–live action to boot. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson may be teaming up again in the comedy Interns. Catherine Hardwick returns with a script set against LA’s music scene, Evan Rachel Wood starring. And the potential cast of the musical comedy One Hit Wonders includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Andy Samberg, Reese Witherspoon, and Beyonce. Sounds about right, albeit Samberg seems to be the curve ball in that one.

Other script sales include:

– Hilarity returns in The Muppets 2. No word yet on returning human cast.

– Maybe the most promising concept from February: The Curiosity, based on the to-be-published novel about a man frozen for 100 years returning to modern society. Fox to produce.

– A sports bio on the legendary Jim Brown. Hal Lieberman producing.

– It didn’t even take two decades: a sequel to the 80s hit Top Gun.

January 2012 Script Sales

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What might be one of the more original spins on the typical true WWII story, George Clooney is set to star and direct The Monuments Men, where a group of historians and curators embark on a mission to rescue art stolen by the Nazis. While it’s not confirmed, Jim Carrey may reprise his role as Bruce in a sequel to Bruce Almighty. Toy giant Hasbro is entering the film world with scripts based on Stretch Armstrong and the board game Candyland. And if you haven’t had your fill from the first three Paranormal Activity movies, you’ll have a fourth shot at horror.

Other script sales include:

– Kids and people-who-were-not-so-long-ago-kids, rejoice: Ben 10 is coming to the big screen.

– In the hopes of squeezing every last possible story from the X-men, a sequel to X-men: First Class.

– The found-footage horror script, Bermuda, chronicling a missing documentary crew. Sounds like one of the cooler found footage concepts, at least. . . .

– Chris Hemsworth returns as the Norse god in Thor 2.

December 2011 Script Sales

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A final trickle of spec sales, as well as a good number of novel adaptations, to close out the end of December and 2011. Two superhero scripts, based on characters by comic guru Stan Lee, are slated for development, with Lee to serve as producer on both. Disney and Benderspink are teaming up on Bob the Musical, a comedy about a man whose life turns into a musical. And on a more dramatic note, the true story of Jacob Barnett, a child genius diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

Other script sales include:

– A remake of American Psycho, minus the genius of Christian Bale. Lionsgate to produce.

– Grown Ups 2, sequel to the Adam Sandler ensemble comedy (although wouldn’t “Grown Upper” be a better title?)

– Gangsters, vampires, and aliens do battle in, where else, 1920s Prohibition-Era America. From the graphic novel Turf.

November 2011 Script Sales

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Plenty of novel adaptations mark the over 100–yes, 100–November script sales, yet perhaps the most exciting (and odd) is an adaptation of the mega-popular children’s “book” Where’s Waldo? An actor has not yet been found, but he’s probably hiding behind something red and white. Writer and longtime Script Pipeline partner Alejandro Seri sold his thriller Final Girl, Prospect Park producing. One of the most underrated Stephen King novels, Rose Madder, is headed to production, and Leonardo Da Vinci will finally get a biopic.

Other script sales include:

-Starship Troopers fan? We know you’re out there. The film will get a re-boot. Sony and Original Film to produce.

– What’s the last thing anyone living in California needs to see? Correct: San Andreas 3D. It’s classified as disaster, but horror would apply.

– Woody Woodpecker and Popeye will get the supreme CGI treatment in a new animated film

– Godzilla. . . yes, again.

October 2011 Script Sales

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A few Facebook-inspired movies, sans Jesse Eisenberg and intense web programmer drama, are in development. Less techie, more whimsy, Johnny Depp could take on another biopic role as Dr. Seuss. What seems a natural fit, the infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger is getting film immortality with the Afflecks attached to star, produce, write, direct, and possibly head craft services. More importantly, though, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels may reprise their roles in Dumb and Dumber 2. Better late than never. And better early than never: Code Name Geronimo will detail the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. John Stockwell to direct.

Other script sales include:

– The sci-fi dramedy The Future of Us, where two teen girls in 1996 stumble upon their as-of-yet-uncreated Facebook profiles and decide whether or not to change their future. Meanwhile, current Facebook users can’t escape the past. . . (yeah, we get it–you had a lot of friends in high school).

– A Facebook relationship turns deadly in the thriller XOXO.

– As if the awesome series wasn’t enough, Bryan Singer will helm Battlestar Gallactica the movie.

– Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye, Transformers) attached to star in the fantasy/drama A Giant.

September 2011 Script Sales

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A handful of sci-fi epics mix with a good deal of dramas and remakes. For those of you who went to elementary school in the eighties, Dreamworks will produce an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantasy classic The BFG (which could mean so many things in the 21st century, but stands for “The Big Friendly Giant”). Also, in a move that makes Script Pipeline’s GM cringe and yet simultaneously grow giddy: Point Break will get a reboot. Although the only thing they could improve upon is dialogue. And maybe tone down the tomboyish antics of Lori Petty.

Other script sales include:

– Paramount takes on the biblical epic of Noah. Darren Aronofsky to direct and produce.

– Definitely the coolest concept in a while: the sci-fi/fantasy script Time Zones, where a man travels through various parts of the world, each area different points in time, in order to save his wife.

– A new remake of Mortal Kombat, similar to the script Time Zones where studio execs believe movie audiences are living in 1995. . . . No, it’ll probably be awesome. Well, 30/70 shot.

– Ah, if we could only write in slow-motion. . . Baywatch the movie is coming.

August 2011 Script Sales

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A ton of remakes are in the works, including The Thin Man with Johnny Depp, Dirty Dancing, Wargames, Flatliners, The Wild Bunch. . . . There’s more, but you get the idea: the industry needs more great, original ideas. A handful of mostly romantic comedies and dramas fill out the remainder of September. Although the one bright (and pretty cool) spot comes from 11/22/63, where a man travels back in time to try and stop the JFK assassination. Based on an upcoming Stephen King novel. King’s epic tale The Stand is also getting a re-boot in feature form.

Other script sales include:

– Legendary director Ridley Scott takes on a new and seemingly less legendary-like challenge: a film based on the board game Monopoly.

– Abigail Breslin will star in the teen comedy A Virgin Mary, signaliing her official entrance into the PG-13 teen/sex/comedy crowd.

– A sequel to the Wolverine solo story. Promises to be even Wolveriner.

– The Last Exorcism Part 2. . . which is sort of a contradiction, no?

July 2011 Script Sales

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First month in a while where the majority of script sales (and there were a ton) are comprised of some pretty “well-tread” plots. But all is not lost, as screenplays based on the true stories of Bonnie and Clyde and the trapped Chilean miners of 2010 are in the works. Steve Carrell, Nicholas Cage, and Jack Black will star in a comedy–who cares what it’s about? Has to be funny with that line-up. What’s not so funny? A movie adaptation of Entourage. Somewhere, a real talent manager is cringing.

Other script sales include:

– Captain Planet gets the live-action treatment. No word on who will play the main villain: a plastic circly thing that goes around soda cans.

– Gore Verbinski will direct a new adaptation of Clue. Details are being kept under wraps. . . how fitting.

– George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The Geico duck rumored to star.

– A story based on the life of Rich Franklin, who went from high school math teacher to UFC champion (and that’s why you need to learn math, kids).

– To-be-written screenplay on the history of ESPN. Chances are the plot won’t revolve around late-night World’s Strongest Man competitions.

June 2011 Script Sales

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Can’t decide between going to a movie or playing Angry Birds? Well, relax cowboy: the game by Rovio will have an animated (obviously) film adaptation. No word yet on whether there will be a Angry Birds Rio movie, which would make it the first movie based on a game based on a movie. On another animation note, Spy vs. Spy gets the royal treatment with Ron Howard to direct. A remake of War Games is also in the works. And the Nicholas Sparks story The Best of Me, about a guy and girl who used to be in love, and then they weren’t, but then it’ll all work out in the end to ultimately make women cry (well, that’ll probably be the gist, anyway).

Other script sales include:

– Swear to God starring everyone’s favorite slightly-furry comedian Will Ferrell, who plays a hedge fund manager that sees God.

– Diablo Cody will make her directorial debut with her script Lamb of God, a delightful name for a Las Vegas comedy.

– Someone got one of our letters: “Make more Ed Helms movies.” The budding star is attached to play the lead in True North.

– Magic Kingdom, set at the Disneyland park, with Jon Favreau to direct. Apparently the plot is being kept just as secret as Club 33.5. . . .

May 2011 Script Sales

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May was a fantastic month for spec sales. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa sold his remake of the 1976 horor “Carrie.” Yogi and Boo Boo are back in Yogi Bear 2, written by Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia. In what sounds reminiscent of Terminator 2, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant penned the film “The Machine,” about a humaniod robot discovered and befriended by a young boy. Vin Diesel to produce and star. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are teaming up again for the film “Turkey Day,” another Adam McKay project, pitched by Robert Carlock and Scott Silverie. And “Responsible Adults,” a romantic comedy about a 30-year-old woman falling for a 22-year-old guy, only to find out that she used to be his babysitter 15 years earlier, sold this month. Script is written by Alex Schemmer, with Katie Holmes to star.

Other script sales include:

-The Girlfriend Equation, written by Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio, a romcom about a Harvard student pursuing the love of his life through complex math equations.

-Let it Snow, pitch by Jordon Roter, is a teen comedy about a snowstorm crippling a town on Chrismas Eve.

-Thor 2, written by Don Payne (also wrote Thor)