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“Recommend” Writer Eddie Mensore Developing Feature

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Eddie Mensore

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.

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Vandal Ent. Picks Up Feature from Script Pipeline Contest Finalists

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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.”

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TV Producers Repping Project Written by Script Pipeline Contest Finalist

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Breathers

Script Pipeline industry partners Marty Berneman, Eric Balfour, and Stephanie Varella (Off the Grid Entertainment) are representing the TV project Breathers, a sci-fi/drama written by Will Wallace and based on the comic by Justin Madson.

A top 10 finalist in the 2011 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition, Breathers is a uniquely surreal story set in a dystopian future where the air is no longer safe to breathe. The pilot was introduced to Off the Grid in early 2014 by Pipeline Director of Development Matt Misetich.

“After I was a finalist in the TV Writing contest, Script Pipeline held on to my script and was instrumental in getting it into the hands of excited producers several years later,” said Will, who is actively writing additional feature and TV material.

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SyFy Network Tabs Script Pipeline Contest Winner to Write Series

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Five Ghosts

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.

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Marc Samson, Script Pipeline “Recommend,” Wraps Film

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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.

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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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 ABCGI Joe 3 for Paramount, Myst for Hulu, and the Tomb Raider reboot.

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Comic Series Sells to Fox with Contest Winner Attached to Adapt

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The Foundation

20th Century Fox purchased the rights to the comic miniseries The Foundation, and Script Pipeline competition winner Evan Daugherty will write the screenplay adaptation as well as serve as Executive Producer.

In addition to this feature project, Evan is writing Midnight Mass for NBC, the event series Esmeralda for ABC, and GI Joe 3 for Paramount. He’ll make his directorial debut with Ink and Bone (Dimension Films) in 2015. Previous writing credits include Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Divergent (2014), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). He also wrote and directed short live-action films based on the Super Mario Bros. characters in 2013.

Evan found representation after an introduction by Script Pipeline execs Chad Clough and Matt Misetich to manager Jake Wagner (Benderspink). His contest-winning script Shrapnel was produced in 2012 and starred Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

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Zach Galifianakis Joins “Endgame,” Produced by Script Pipeline

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Released in 2010, Operation: Endgame stars Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry, Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, Adam Scott, and Emilie de Ravin. The action-comedy is based on Brian Watanabe’s Script Pipeline “Recommend” screenplay Rogue’s Gallery, originally developed by Script Pipeline execs.

Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough brought the project to Sean McKittrick (Get Out), and it was later produced by Darko Entertainment and Infinity Media.

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Variety Article – July 27, 2008 

Indie comedy co-stars Corddry, Scott, Odenkirk

Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames and Rob Corddry are starring in the indie comedy “Rogues Gallery.” Michael Ohoven and Kevin Turen are producing via their Infinity Films shingle (“Capote”).

Spy romp takes place in an underground government intelligence agency. Paris-based director Fouad Mikati is directing from a script by Brian Watanabe and Abe Levy.

Pic began shooting July 21 in Los Angeles, becoming one of the few films to go before cameras amid the de facto work stoppage.

Joe Anderson, Odette Yustman, Bob Odenkirk, Jeffrey Tambor, Maggie Q, Emilie de Ravin and Adam Scott round out the cast. Darko Entertainment’s Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm are also producing. Chadwick Clough exec produces.

Hollywood Reporter Article – July 28, 2008

Ving Rhames, Ellen Barkin, Rob Corddry, Bob Odenkirk, Jeffrey Tambor and Maggie Q are all in “Rogue’s Gallery,” an action comedy directed by Fouad Mikati.

The film, written by Brian Watanabe and Abe Levy, is produced by Michael Ohoven and Kevin Turen of Infinity Films and Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm of Darko Entertainment. Chadwick Clough, an executive producer on the film, brought the project to Darko; Darko executive Jeff Culotta will oversee.

“Rogue’s Gallery” details the battle that ensues among groups of government spy teams in an underground facility after their boss is assassinated. The movie began shooting last week in and around downtown Los Angeles.

Joe Anderson, Odette Yustman, Adam Scott and Emilie de Ravin also star in the film.

“It’s very rare that you can find a script which combines dry, witty humor with high-intensity action,” Ohoven said. “In spite of the impending actors strike, we are confident in our decision to begin production.”

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Top Comic Writer and Script Pipeline Finalist Option Script

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting finalist Craig Weeden and comic veteran Jimmy Palmiotti (Ultimate Spider-Man, Jonah Hex) optioned an adaptation of Palmiotti’s Painkiller Jane in March 2014 to production company Solipsist Films (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For). Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary) attached to direct the project, which Jen Soska described as “unapologetically kick-ass.

Craig is also in development on other feature and television projects. His previous work includes the children’s illustrated book Mia’s Gift and the feature crime/thriller Diamond Payback, which placed in the 2011 Pipeline competition.

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