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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.

March 2015 Script Sales

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March was a great month for sci-fi writers, with numerous projects moving forward at different companies. Warner Bros. picked up Jim Uhls’ spec The Leviathan, Matt Savelloni’s horror/sci-fi spec Temple found a home at Erebus Pictures, Chris Hager’s spec Proxima is moving forward with David Lancaster and Jim Wedaa producing, and 20th Century Fox bought Dan Futterman’s dystopian spec A Shot in the Eye. Outside of the sci-fi world, Benderspink will produce Eric Bress’ spec thriller American Hostage, about home invaders who chose the wrong house. Finally, a few supernatural thriller specs are moving forward, including Descendent by Jeff Buhler and Realm by Rebecca Sonnenshine.

Other script sales:

– Jason Segel and Drew Pearce to write The Billion Brick Race, a spinoff from The Lego Movie.

– Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn and 12 Years a Slave‘s Steve McQueen are teaming for the crime/thriller Widows, about four widows attempting to successfully pull off the heist their husbands died during.

– Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to write the Alien Nation remake.

– Paramount is moving forward on Substitute Teacher, based on the sketch by Key and Peele and written by Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens.

– Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce the female-driven, high school sex comedy All the Way by Kelly Oxford.

– Ridley Scott to produce an adaptation of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novels.

February 2015 Script Sales

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For the second month in a row, Script Pipeline alums have made some waves: Evan Daugherty has signed on the write the Tomb Raider reboot, and Tripper Clancy will pen Hasbro’s Hacker Camp, each adding another script to their growing slates of projects. In other news, February was a rather busy month. Sony made a few purchases: Sniper Elite, a thriller based on the Gil Shannon novels by Scott McEwen and to be written by Sheldon Turner; Michael Finch and Alex Litvak’s Medieval, which is described as The Dirty Dozen set in the Middle Ages; and Steve Conrad’s adventure/comedy pitch about a driverless car race from Paris to Beijing, Gore Verbinski helming. Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen’s comedy The House was part of a bidding war, eventually finding a home at New Line. John Hamburg, Nicholas Stoller, and Ian Helfer sold their comedy Why Him?, a comedy about a feud between a father and his daughter’s internet billionaire boyfriend. James Franco in negotiations to star.

Other script sales:

– The first Pee-Wee Herman movie since 1988, Paul Reubens and Paul Rust’s Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday has been snagged by Netflix and Apatow Productions.

– Christopher Cosmos will write a Red Sonja adaptation for Millennium Films.

– Max Yaney and Luke Goltz’s spec crime-drama Smoke found a home at Relativity. The script is based on the true story of Joey Ippolito, socialite and speedboat racer who also smuggled cocaine.

District 9’s Neill Blomkamp to develop and direct a new Alien sequel.

– Warner Bros. picked up a Space Invaders movie, with Daniel Kunka attached to write.

January 2015 Script Sales

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2015 started out strong for former Script Pipeline Finalist Matt Altman, who sold his sci-fi/action spec Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story to Relativity Media. Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) has been hired to rewrite Zombies vs. Robots, based on the comic book by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. January was also a good mention for comedy with Barry Sonnenfeld signing on to direct Nine Lives by Dan Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin in which a businessman finds himself in the body of the family cat. Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley sold their comedy pitch Psych to Sony and Columbia. Bobby Farrelly has signed on to direct the comedy One Night Stan, written by Kevin Barnett, Chris Pappas, and Mike Bernier. Benderspink and CBS Films are producing Senior Year by Andrew Knauer and Arthur Pielli, a comedy about a high school cheerleader who wakes up from a coma after twenty years and decides to go back to school to become the prom queen.

Other script sales:

Gone Girl team Gillian Flynn and David Fincher will pen and direct (respectively) an adaptation of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.

– Edgar Wright is moving forward on his action/comedy Baby Driver, which is centered on a young getaway driver for bank robbers.

– In news related to the two biggest Star franchises: Simon Pegg and Doug Jung to write the third Star Trek, and Chris Weitz will script the as-of-now untitled Star Wars spinoff.

 Selma director/co-writer Ava DuVernay will write, direct, and produce a drama with elements of mystery and romance set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

– Matt Lieberman will adapt The Jetsons for the big screen.