Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition winner Prom Queen, written by Debbie Chesebro and Tyson FitzGerald, has been optioned by Classy Films, a production company headed by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up).
After winning the 2010 contest, the teen comedy made the rounds to a number of companies in Script Pipeline’s industry network. Though the script remained un-optioned, Script Pipeline and Director of Development Matt Misetich continued to stay in touch with Debbie and Tyson, eventually finding a home for Prom Queen in July 2016.
“Nothing has done more for Prom Queen and our writing career than Script Pipeline,” said Debbie and Tyson. “Matt has worked tirelessly to connect us and the script to industry professionals, ultimately resulting in the option.”
The script was a Script Pipeline judges’ favorite in 2010—and one Misetich held in high regard for years.
“I’ve been a huge fan of this script for so long, and hearing pass after pass was just as frustrating for me as it was for the writers,” Matt said. “Debbie and Tyson probably don’t realize how many rejections we had at the pitch stage: ‘good idea, not for us,’ ‘need something more straightforward for the genre,’. . . every courteous pass you could think of. It’s not a cookie-cutter teen comedy, so it needed a really sharp producer with a little vision to champion it properly. When I got the email asking for a very specific type of script, I knew I only had one that fit the bill.”
Prom Queen joins Tripper Clancy’s Henry the Second and David Jagernauth’s Second Born as the other 2010 Script Pipeline winning screenplays on the path to production. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment (The Spectacular Now, Stranger Things) and 3311 (Table 19) on board to produce Henry, while Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) is attached to direct Second Born.
“To us, success stories like this continue to justify our unique long-term facilitation process,” said Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough. “We wish it hadn’t taken five years, of course, but sometimes you need to wait for the right match. Can’t wait to see where things go from here.”