Amongst another month full of young adult novel adaptations and remakes, a few original specs cracked through, as well as some classic stories about to become new again. Sofia Coppola set to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which may stick to the original storyline by Hans Christian Anderson. Summit Entertainment continues to tap into the tween market with Dork Diaries, based on the book series. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct the Paul Haggis sci-fi/crime script The Juliet. And a reboot of the horror film The Grudge is also in the works.
Other script sales include:
– An (animated) adaptation of The Pink Panther. MGM taking the helm.
– A biopic on pitcher R.A. Dickey, who after years in the minor leagues, finally makes the majors and becomes, albeit briefly, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.
– The comedy Vacation Friends. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt starring, 20th Century Fox producing.
– Meryl Streep will star in the Diablo Cody project Ricky and the Flash.