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March 2009 Script Sales

A broad handful of biopics stand out in script sales through mid to late March, including films revolving around the lives of Houdini, Lou Rawls, Steve McQueen, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as adaptations of popular novels and TV series.

Selected sales include:

–From the Image Comics graphics novel, “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” touches upon the struggles of the well-known horror fiction writer. Ron Howard will produce and is rumored to direct.

–“Through the Eyes of a Son,” based on the career of musician Lou Rawls.

–Arguably the world’s most popular magician, Harry Houdini will be featured in “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero,” chronicling his experiences as a British spy and debunker of con artists.

–Andy Garcia, and Anthony Hopkins thus far, set to star in “Hemingway and Fuentes,” centering on the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gregorio Fuentes.

–The new Coen Brothers film, a remake of “True Grit.”

–“Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel,” based on, of course, actor Steve McQueen.

–Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in “Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris,” a romantic comedy.

–Sean Penn to play the lead in “Cartel” as a man looking to protect his son after his wife’s murder.

–For Stephen King fans, the mediocre 1990s version of “It” will see a film rendition through Warner Bros.

Hard to see anyone not getting excited about this: “MacGyver” has been given the go-ahead through New Line Cinema. No writer attached yet.