Spec Script Sale: "Inside the Machine"

May 12th, 2011 by

CBS Films acquires action thriller spec script “Inside the Machine” from writer Marc Maurino. Per Deadline:

The story centers on an undercover ATF agent who infiltrates a vicious cartel and is seduced by the power and violence he finds there. “Inside The Machine is about a man struggling to keep his undercover persona from destroying his personal life,” [producer Tripp] Vinson said. “Marc Maurino has written a script that is committed to being authentic. It’s that realism and attention to detail that has us very excited to be involved with Inside The Machine.”

Maurino is repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 33rd spec script to sell in 2011.

The 33rd spec script didn’t sell in 2010 until August 10, so sales are up significantly year-to-date.

5 thoughts on “Spec Script Sale: "Inside the Machine"

  1. mooderino says:

    Feell like I've seen this movie a gazillion times already.

  2. Scott says:

    And yet some studio just paid Mr. Maurino significant money for the project. Two things. (1) Another example of 'similar but different' mentality that permeates Hollywood business decisions. (2) A wise writer would get hold of Inside the Machine script, read and analyze it to see what about it makes is different enough that a Hwood buyer would decide to acquire it.

  3. mooderino says:

    Or possibly the studio has a star in mind who's ready to bump up from light romcom fare to meatier 'acting' and they just need a standard template script to use, even if it's just to keep him occupied and away from other studios.

    Do you think I might be getting cynical?

  4. Scott says:

    mooderino: Cynicism is like breathing in Hwood. So if you are going there, you're in good company!

  5. Annika W says:

    Funny – I read the posting and thought "It's about time we had another one of these movies! I miss this stuff!" I think people forget sometimes that if you're a fan of a particular genre or artist, you're okay with having another helping of similar, as long as there's just a touch of different to make it worth your while. You like that familiarity, you like drawing comparisons, you like being reminded of the other movies in the genre's cannon yet still being able to contrast the works, too. And for one, I'm really ready for a return to realism after all the over-the-top comic book and super hero fare we've been fed over the past seven or eight years.

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