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Screenwriting Contest Winner Tyler Burton Smith Co-Writing WB Feature

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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 EmberPoltergeist). Roy Lee (The Lego Movie), David Katzenberg (GremlinsIt), 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 BreakSleeping Dogs, and Prototype 2. He’s repped by Chris Goble (Grandview) and WME.

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Indie Dramedy Written By Script Pipeline Contest Finalist Released

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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.

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Project by Script Pipeline “Recommend” Writer in Development with Gene Simmons Prodco

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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.

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Tomb Raider Reboot Hires Script Pipeline Writer

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MGM and Warner Bros. hired Script Pipeline writer Evan Daugherty in February 2015 to pen the new Tomb Raider film. Graham King (The DepartedArgo) 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).

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Relativity Picks Up Project Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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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.

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