Spec Script Sale: “Tape 4”

March 8th, 2012 by

In launching new low-budget genre initiative, Warner Bros. acquires horror spec script “Tape 4” from writer Jeremy Slater. From Deadline:

Incorporates Lovecraftian mythology into a modern setting.

And so the bifurcation of Hollywood major studios continues: Huge big budget franchise movies on the one hand, low-budget franchise movies on the other hand. Note the connective tissue: Franchise. All the mid-ranged projects [$25-75M] are a challenge. Perhaps R-rated comedies. Certain kinds of thrillers. Action movies with a big cast. Some types of adult dramas, but way down toward the low-end of that budget range.

Slater is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone.

By my count, this is 18th spec script sale of 2012.

Last year at this time, there were 15 spec deals.

Sales are up year-to-date 20%, but they’d better pick up to keep pace. By the end of March 2011, there were 25 spec script sales.

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