Black Bear Pictures and Bristol Automotive acquired Graham Moore’s spec script The Last Days of Night. The legal thriller will dramatize Thomas Edison’s lawsuit against rival George Westinghouse, whom Edison sued for one billion dollars in 1888, and will be based on Moore’s novel. Sony acquired a thriller pitch from Lori Evans Taylor about a couple whose new tenant begins to invade their lives. Akiva Goldman to produce. Emily Carmichael to write Powerhouse for Amblin Entertainment, based on an original story by Colin Trevorrow–Carmichael to direct, and Trevorrow, Steven Spielberg, and Simon Winberg set to produce. Archer Gray Productions acquired Sebastian Silva’s family thriller Captain Dad; Silva to also direct, and Catherine Keener and Michael Cera to star, with Will Ferrell in negotiations. Finally, CBS Films is moving forward with Tamara Chestna’s romantic comedy Revenge Wedding, in which a woman (with the help of her best friend) decides to turn her perfectly planned wedding into a giant disaster after she discovers her fiancé has been cheating.
Other script sales include:
– Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman, and Charlize Theron to collaborate again on Tully, a dramedy about a mother of three who develops a unique bond with a young nanny named Tully.
– Bill Murray to star in and produce James Sclafani’s crime drama The King of Counterfeit. Josh Hutchinson and Linda Cardellini to also star.
– STX Entertainment is partnering with Happy Madison to produce an untitled animated comedy written by Adam Sandler.
– Dawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) action script Skyscraper was purchased after a bidding war, with Legendary Pictures, Flynn Picture Company, and Seven Bucks Entertainment winning out.
– Whitney Cummings to direct and star in The Female Brain, a romantic comedy to be based on the book by Louann Brizendine, M.D.
– Bob Saget to direct Jake, a dark comedy comedy written by Joshua Turek.