A top 20 finalist in the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Precious Cargo, written by Max Adams, released theatrically and on DVD in April 2016. The Lionsgate action/thriller stars Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Adams also directed. He’s currently writing an adaptation of The Risk Agent with Michael Lerner (Love & Mercy).
Fox purchased the comedy Stuber from Script Pipeline contest winner Tripper Clancy in April 2016 for mid-six figures. The screenplay is based on an idea developed by Tripper and manager Jake Wagner (Benderspink). Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and John Francis Daley (Bones) worked with Tripper on the script. The story revolves around a night in the life of an Uber driver aptly named Stu. “We live in a time where IP, sequels, and reboots rule the business, so it’s easy to be cynical,” said Tripper. “But fortunately for all of us plugging away on our laptops, studios and financiers are always looking for original material. Stuber is many things for me—a love letter to LA, an homage to my favorite action comedies growing up—but on a fundamental level, it’s the kind of movie I’d be pumped to go see on a Friday night at the theater. The fact that a major studio sees it the same way is…
Tripper Clancy’s coming-of-age comedy Henry the Second, winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, is headed toward production. 21 Laps (The Spectacular Now) and producer Shawn Levy join 3311 Productions (Table 19) at the helm. “I think for any screenwriter, the dream is to write a script in a vacuum and watch it go all the way into production,” Tripper said. “With Henry the Second, it’s been a long journey that all started with winning the Script Pipeline competition. It took the script a little while to find a home, but no one ever gave up hope. That’s probably the best thing about a feature script: as long as the people involved care about it, it’s never dead.” Tripper’s script will be the second Script Pipeline contest winner produced in the last several years, joining Evan Daugherty’s Shrapnel, which was made into the action/thriller Killing Season starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Other recent Script Pipeline contest…
A few weeks after Script Pipeline sent the 2015 finalist/winner loglines industry-wide, Screenwriting Competition winner Henry Dunham was picked up by Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners). Agency powerhouse UTA followed soon after. “While I’m a little surprised he found representation so quick, I’m not at all surprised it happened,” said Script Pipeline Senior Executive Matt Misetich. “It was inevitable. And it goes beyond writing ability–he’s one of the most grounded, humble writers I’ve met all year. That attitude will take him far in what will of course be a continual process of collaboration. For two tremendous companies like Madhouse and UTA to jump on board is extraordinary. No doubt this will be the first step in a long writing career.” Read Henry’s Script Pipeline interview.
Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tyler Burton Smith has been tabbed to co-write the Warner Bros. horror Five Nights at Freddy’s, based on the uber-popular app/PC game of the same name where animatronic characters come to life–to kill people, of course. Tyler will be teaming with director Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember, Poltergeist). Roy Lee (The Lego Movie), David Katzenberg (Gremlins, It), and Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) producing. After his animated comedy feature Henchmen was selected as a top-4 winner in the competition, Tyler found management and was hired on various writing assignments, including the action video games Quantum Break, Sleeping Dogs, and Prototype 2. He’s repped by Chris Goble (Grandview) and WME. Read Tyler’s Script Pipeline interview.
Chasing Ghosts, written by former Script Pipeline contest winner Josh Chesler, was released on April 21st, 2015. The film stars Tim Meadows (SNL), Toby Nichols, Robin Lively, and Frances Conroy. “The team at Script Pipeline has been and continues to be immensely supportive of my writing career,” said Josh. “They genuinely made me feel like I’m part of a writing community committed to helping everyone get one step closer to living their dreams.” Josh was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition and winner of the Great Movie Idea Contest with co-writer Paul Connor. Chasing Ghosts is available on DVD and VOD. View Josh’s Script Pipeline interview. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
Temple, written by Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer Matt Savelloni, will be produced by WWE Studios and Kiss legend Gene Simmons under their new Erebus Pictures banner, which plans to finance and produce horror films. Simmons will also star in the horror/thriller. Temple centers on a team of operatives trapped inside a military compound after its AI is disabled, leading to “strange phenomena” as they unlock the mystery of the previous team’s disappearance. Matt, who signed with a Script Pipeline partner (manager Andrew Kersey), has another action feature in development, Exile to Babylon.
MGM and Warner Bros. hired Script Pipeline writer Evan Daugherty in February 2015 to pen the new Tomb Raider film. Graham King (The Departed, Argo) producing. Instead of a sequel to the 2001 Angelina Jolie version, the new plot will feature a younger Lara Croft on her first adventure. Evan found representation with manager/producer Jake Wagner after winning the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Adaptations are nothing new for Daugherty: his resume includes recent feature releases Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Divergent, in addition to in-development TV series projects Esmeralda (ABC), Midnight Mass (NBC), The Foundation (Fox), and Five Ghosts (SyFy). Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest finalist Matt Altman sold his sci-fi/action spec Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story to Relativity Media. Jim Wedaa and Jon Shestack are on board to produce. The logline: “Sam is an average guy working a 9 to 5 job that he hates, wishing for a more exciting life. When he meets gorgeous thrill-seeker Liz, he gets more more than he bargained for. Together, they go on a wild ride discovering that nothing they know about themselves is true and their connection to each other has surprising and deadly consequences.” Previously, Matt had signed with with APA and Parallax Talent Management, and in October 2014, he and co-writer David Matalon sold their feature script The Feud to Vandal Entertainment. Matt placed in the 2010 Pipeline competition with the action/thriller Dangerous Waters. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
The sci-fi thriller Second Born, winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, attached director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) in November 2014. Written by David Jagernauth, the project is being produced by former Bold Films President David Lancaster (Drive, Whiplash) and his company Rumble Films. David was part of a stellar group of screenwriting winners in 2010 that included novelist Teresa Lo and screenwriter Tripper Clancy (Stranded, Hacker Camp). A separate sci-fi/action project of David’s was previously in development with Script Pipeline execs. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
Script Pipeline “Recommend” screenplay Mine 9, a drama centered on a group of West Virginia miners trapped underground after a cave-in, is currently in the early stages of pre-production. The project marks writer/director Eddie Mensore‘s second feature film undertaking. His first, The Deposition (2011), won a Grand Jury award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. Script Pipeline linked Eddie with his current manager, Andrew Kersey (Kersey Management), and consulted on Mine 9 and other projects. From Eddie: “Getting a Recommend through Script Pipeline is difficult. But when it does happen, great things can occur. That’s how I found representation, and now my project is in development.” View Beneath Existence, the short film based on Mine 9. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
Writers Matt Altman and David Matalon, finalists of the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, sold their spec The Feud to Vandal Entertainment, headed by former FilmEngine president Navid McIllhargey. The crime/thriller, Matt’s first script sale, will join several other film and television projects in development at Vandal, which plans to produce two to three projects per year. Matt is repped by APA and Parallax Talent Management, while David is with Paradigm. Their script Dangerous Waters placed in the top 20 of the 2010 Pipeline contest and was described by judges as “an intense thriller with a fresh backdrop, setting it far apart from others in the genre.” Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
A TV series adaptation of Five Ghosts, created by Frank J. Barbiereand and Chris Mooneyham, for the SyFy Network to be written by Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty, who will also serve as executive producer alongside Chris Bender (Benderspink). The Image Comics property revolves around a treasure hunter who is able to harness the skills of five dead literary characters: The Detective, The Wizard, The Samurai, The Vampire, and The Archer. Daugherty’s career gained steam after signing with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner in 2008. He went on to co-write the box office hits Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and in 2010 sold Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. He’s currently developing projects for ABC, NBC, and several studios. Evan will make his feature directing debut with Ink and Bone, produced by Dimension Films. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential…
Winner of the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Marc Samson completed his micro-budget psychological thriller Where the Devil Dwells in 2014 (view trailer). Marc is a two-time Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer with other horror and thriller screenplays. His crime/thriller I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, centered on a female heroine in search of revenge, was selected as a top-four winner in the 2011 Pipeline competition. He’s currently developing additional features and independent projects. Read Marc’s original 2011 interview here. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure
The reboot of the mega-popular franchise debuted at the top of the box office. Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty was brought on-board as co-writer. TMNT stars Megan Fox (Transformers), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), and William Fichter (The Dark Knight Rises). Evan was later brought on to major studio projects, including Esmeralda for ABC, GI Joe 3 for Paramount, Myst for Hulu, and the Tomb Raider reboot. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure