Yesterday we looked at 2012 spec script sales by genre. Today we break down the numbers per studios and production companies to see which were the most and least active in the script acquisition market. The totals:
Twentieth Century Fox
Black Forest Film Group
Chickie the Cop Entertainment
Derby Street Films
IM Global Octane
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Look at these numbers from the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 per each major studio:
Disney 5 / 1 / 2 / 1 / 2
DreamWorks 6 / 4 / 1 / 2 / 1
Paramount 1 / 5 / 4 / 4 / 12
Sony Pictures 8 / 4 / 1 / 7 / 9
Twentieth Century Fox 5 / 3 / 1 / 7 / 3
Universal 6 / 6 / 1 / 6 / 9
Warner Bros. 8 / 8 / 8 / 15 / 7
While Warner Bros. came back down to earth this year on the spec script front, Paramount, Universal and Sony all procured more, most notably Paramount jumping up from 4 to 12 spec script deals.
Last year the major Hollywood studios were involved in 43 of the 99 spec script deals which amounts to 43% of total transactions, compared to 38% in 2011, 33% in 2010, 45% in 2009 and 43% in 2008. So the rebound in spec sales the last two years has been influenced by the major studios returning to the form they had in 2008 and 2009.
Here is a breakdown of acquisitions by genre at major and mini-major studios:
Almanac — Thriller
The Cellar — Contained Thriller
Draft Day — Comedy
God Particle — Science Fiction
The Gun Eaters — Action Thriller
Huck — Drama Adventure
Monster Problems – Science Fiction Romance
Our Name Is Adam — Science Fiction
Patrol — Action Thriller
Sanctuary — Action Supernatural
Swindle – Action
Wunderkind — Action Thriller
Bloodshot — Action
El Tigre — Comedy
Epsilon — Science Fiction
Invertigo — Science Fiction
Lockdown At Franklin High — Horror Thriller
Rockets’ Red Glare — Action Thriller
Savage Planet — Action
Untitled Cameron Crowe Project — Drama Romance
White House Down — Action
2 — Thriller
Bethlehem — Supernatural
Black Box — Action Thriller
The Disciple Program — Thriller
Lights Out — Science Fiction Thriller
NSFW — Thriller
Subdivision — Science Fiction Comedy
Thirteen — Thriller
Untitled McCormick Cop Comedy — Comedy
Glimmer — Science Fiction
If you want to know what is fueling the Action, Thriller, Action Thriller frenzy, look no further than those slates above.
Also of the 12 science fiction specs that got set up last year, 9 of them are with the majors. That makes sense because sci-fi movies generally cost more to produce and are big tentpole type of projects.
Of the independent companies, Millennium Films was notably active in the spec script market in 2012:
High Value Target — Action
Lauren Pemberton Is No Longer In A Relationship — Romantic Comedy
Match — Romantic Comedy
My Owner’s Wedding — Romantic Comedy
Olympus Has Fallen — Action
Playing Dirty — Thriller
In 2011, they were involved in 3 spec script deals. Last year, 6. Since Millennium produced The Expendables which grossed $274M and The Expendables 2 which grossed $300M, they can afford to drop some serious coin on script acquisition and development.
Interesting that half of the projects they acquired in 2012 were rom-coms.
What do you take away from this information?
Tomorrow: Agents and managers.