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Director Scott Speer (Midnight Sun) is set to helm Script Pipeline finalist and Recommend writer Greg Wayne’s dark romcom S21. Catapult and Needle’s Eye producing. Speer has also directed I Still See You and Step Up Revolution. This will be Greg’s first produced feature film. He previously won the Script Pipeline First Look Project with his comedy pilot Ad Game and has placed as a finalist and received a Recommend on numerous other screenplays and pilots, working closely with Script Pipeline development execs. From Greg: “Script Pipeline gives the best notes. Whenever I’m struggling with a project, their staff never fails to provide feedback that elevates the story. They take their commitment to Recommended writers, contest winners, and finalists incredibly seriously, and do an amazing job of getting those scripts out into the world.”
Matthew J. O’Neill’s sports drama series was picked up by NBC in October 2016, with LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment producing. From The Hollywood Reporter: the series centers on “a brilliant doctor who specializes in treating the world’s greatest sports stars. Only when the doctor undergoes a health crisis, it forces him to rethink his approach to medicine with the help of a gifted sports psychologist.” Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who O’Neill first approached with the project, will serve as an executive consultant. This is O’Neill’s first TV script sale. He previously sold Bait and Switch, a Script Pipeline “Recommend,” to Universal in 2011. Mark Wahlberg is attached to produce.
Grand Prize Winner Cheap Paint (Drama) by M. Esther Sherman, Boston University Born beneath the California sun and raised alongside the rivers and lakes of Oregon, M. Esther Sherman found her way to screenwriting via behavioral science and yard work. A young, untrained wannabe, Esther connected with Jan Skrentny, a retired screenwriter, who traded her mentorship for yard care and a friendship developed that soon morphed into writing scripts together. Jan was instrumental in teaching Esther craft and helping her gain admittance to Boston University’s film program. At Boston University, Esther attended her first writing course and found mentorship in John Bernstein who challenged her to “be better” and find her voice. With her MFA nearly behind her, Esther looks forward to using her dark and twisted soul to craft enticing female leads and disturbing settings for thrillers and episodic dramas. Finalists Jackson Crowder (Dramedy) by John Otteni, Central Washington University The Man at…
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.