Screenwriting News (December 8-December 14, 2014)

December 14th, 2014 by

Brett Butler and Jason Butler writing-directing sports drama comedy “First Round Down”.

Karen Croner adaptation “Tribes of Palos Verdes” with Relativity Media.

Justin Doble writing untitled science fiction project for Sony Pictures and Bad Robot.

Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley writing psychological thriller “Morocco” for Kasbah Films.

Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath adapting Japanese movie Birthright for Depth of Field Productions.

Bill Marsillii adapting graphic novel “Sebastian X” for Voltage Productions, Martin Campbell to direct.

Jonathan W.C. Mills rewriting “Bullet Run” for Voltage Pictures.

Ted Nusbaum sells sports drama spec script “In the Crease” to Leef Entertainment.

Henry Phillips and Gregori Viens co-writing comedy Still Punching the Clown for Permut Productions.

Robert Siegel writing drama bio “The Founder” for FilmNation Entertainment.

James Stewart adapting his own short film “Foxed!” for Prospero Pictures.z

Michael Werwie writing action adventure “Antartica” for Warner Bros. and Gulstream Pictures.


For my January 2013 interview with Michael Werwie, go here.

Screenwriting News (December 1-December 7, 2014)

December 7th, 2014 by

Matt Allen and Chris Borrelli sell untitled action comedy pitch to Universal Pictures.

Brandon Barker sells actions adventure spec script “Nottingham & Hood” to Walt Disney Pictures.

Jay Basu writing untitled monster movie for Universal Pictures.

Matt Charman untitled heist pitch for Twentieth Century Fox with Matt Reeves attached to direct.

Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland writing comedy “Rocky Mountain High” for Universal Pictures.

Benny Fine and Rafi Fine writing untitled teen comedy for Big Block Entertainment, the Fines to direct.

Jason Fuchs writing “Wonder Woman” for Warner Bros.

David Guion and Michael Handelman sell untitled Shakespearean comedy pitch to Sony Pictures with Will Ferrell attached to star.

Rob Riggle and Thomas Lennon rewriting comedy “The Boondoggle” for Dark Factory Entertainment with Riggle and Lennon to star.

Ben Ripley writing Source Code 2 for Vendome Pictures.

Jon Spaihts sells science fiction script “Passengers” to Sony Pictures.

Richard Tanne writing drama biopic “Southside With You” for Homegrown Pictures.


For my June 2013 interview with Chris Borrelli, go here.

Screenwriting News (November 24-November 30, 2014)

November 30th, 2014 by

Miles Chapman adapting “Monster Republic” for Komixx Entertainment.

Brian Duffield sells horror spec script “The Babysitter” to Wonderland Sound and Vision.

Dan Gilroy adapting crime thriller “Storming Las Vegas” for Summit Entertainment.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway rewriting untitled “Blowback” cop project for Original Films.

Alex McAulay adapting drama novel “Cult” for Grey Eagle Films.

Frederic Richter and Joe Novoa with drama “Blind” for Joel Films, Novoa attached to direct.

Aaron Sorkin scripted biopic “Steve Jobs” picked up in turnaround by Universal Pictures.

Screenwriting News (November 17-November 23, 2014)

November 23rd, 2014 by

Tom Astle and Matt Ember adapting fantasy comedy “Goblins” for Walt Disney Pictures.

John August adapting “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” for CBS Films.

Adam Taylor Barker options action thriller spec script “Dig” to Vegas, Baby Productions.

Craig Borten adapting crime drama “The Hunt for El Chapo” for Universal Pictures.

David Callahan writing remake of action comedy “Jackpot” for Focus Features.

Sarah Cornwell adapting science fiction fantasy “Dragonriders of Pern” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Kalen Egan and Travis Sentell adapting science fiction horror “The Crawlers” for Edward R. Pressman Film Corp.

James Graham writing remake of “1984” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Nick Hornby adapting comedy drama “I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Dianne Houston adapting “Adé: A Love Story” for Bruce Cohen Productions, Maddonna attached to direct.

Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy adapting drama “Boston Strong” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Steve McQueen adapting British TV series “Widows” for New Regency.

Annie Mebane and Stephen Basilone writing drama comedy “Can’t Touch This” for Focus Features.

Terry Rossio rewriting action adventure “Yucatan” for Warner Bros.

Trevor Sands writing science fiction “Sligshot” for Gulfstream Pictures.

Nicholas Stoller writing untitled Tinker Bell adventure comedy for Twentieth Century Fox.

Peter Straughan adapting drama “The Goldfinch” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Melisa Wallack adapting crime drama “American Pain” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Screenwriting News (November 10-November 16, 2014)

November 16th, 2014 by

Mark Boal rewriting “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” for Sony Pictures.

Randy Brown adapting “Three Miracles From Heaven” for Sony Pictures.

Joseph Cedar writing drama thriller “Oppenheimer Strategies,” Cedar to direct, Richard Gere to star.

Blake Crouch sells novel rights to “Dark Matter” to Sony Pictures for $1.25M, Crouch to adapt.

Ian Fried sells thriller pitch “Pentacle” to Lionsgate.

Aaron Guzikowski writing “The Wolfman” for Universal.

David Jagernauth writing science fiction thriller “Second Born” for Rumble Pictures, Park Chan-Wook attached to direct..

Eric Koenig sells thriller spec script “Matriarch” to Paramount.

Caitlin Moran and John Niven adapting Moran’s teen drama novel “How to Build a Girl” for Monumental Pictures.

Jose Rivera writing remake of adventure drama “White Fang” for Walt Disney Pictures.

James Schamus adapting novel “Indignation” for Likely Story, Schamus to direct.

Aaron Sorkin adapting memoir “Molly’s Game” for the Mark Gordon Company.

Michael Starrbury sells action adventure spec script “ARES” to Paramount.

Paul Watson adapting “Heidi and the Magic Pool” for Carnaby International.

Dwain Worrell sells drama thriller spec script “The Wall” to Amazon Studios.

Screenwriting News (November 3-November 9, 2014)

November 9th, 2014 by

Kristin Lauren Anderson adapting period drama novel “Life and Death in Eden” for Grand Electric Entertainment.

Pam Brady rewriting untitled comedy project for Universal Pictures and Judd Apatow.

Jez Butterworth rewriting untitled James Bond sequel for EON Productions.

Jason Filardi sells untitled supernatural comedy pitch to Asylum Entertainment.

Rupert Friend writing “Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill” for Bron Studios, Friend to direct.

Ken Nolan sells spy drama spec script “Defection” to Twentieth Century Fox for high-six against seven figures.

Will Simmons adapting action horror comic book “Day Men” for Universal Pictures.

Jack Thorne adapting YA novel “The Scorpio Races” for Focus Features.

Screenwriting News (October 27-November 2, 2014)

November 2nd, 2014 by

Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues writing thriller “A Man in the Dark” for Ghost House Pictures.

Travis Baker and Richard Tanne sell horror thriller spec script “Midnight” to Radar Pictures.

Dustin Lance Black adapting YA novel “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” for The Exchange with Black attached to direct.

Patrick Casey and Josh Miller writing remake “Ghost Town” for Depth of Field Productions.

Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster adapting drama comedy “IPO Man” for Fox Searchlight.

Alex Garland adapting drama thriller novel “Annihilation” for Paramount Picture with Garland to direct.

John Gatins rewriting “Skull Island” for Legendary Pictures.

Ricky Gervais writing satire “Special Correspondents” for Bron Studios with Gervais to direct.

Mitch Glazer adapting Starz TV series “Magic City” for QED International with Glazer to director.

Noah Goodman and Justin Zaager option comedy spec script “Cold War” to Chickie the Cop Productions.

Evan Jackson Leong writing drama “Snakehead” for 408 Films with Leong attached to direct.

Anthony McCarten adapting drama book “Hack Attack” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing drama comedy “The Disaster Artist” for Rabbit Bandini Productions.

Jordan Peele writing horror “Get Out” for Darko Entertainment with Peele attached to direct.

Chad St. John writing science fiction “Replicas” for Lotus Entertainment with Keanu Reeves attached to star.

Joshua Zetumer writing “Gambit” for 20th Century Fox with Channing Tatum attached to star.


To read my March 2013 interview with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, go here.

Screenwriting News (October 20-October 26, 2014)

October 26th, 2014 by

Joe Ballarini adapting toy line “My Little Pony” as a family comedy for Hasbro.

Zach Dean rewriting action adventure “Methusaleh” for Warner Bros.

Will Eubank and Philip Hawthorne writing action drama “World Breaker” for Warner Bros.

Eric Heisserer sells supernatural thriller pitch “Exposure” to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Charlie Kaufman rewriting “I.Q. 83″ for Paramount Pictures.

Jeff Lieberman writing remake of his own 1978 movie “Blue Sunshine” for Vincent Newman Entertainment.

Nicholas Martin writing drama “Florence” for Pathé and Qwerty Films, Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant attached to star.

Jordan Peele and Alex Reubens writing comedy “Keanu” for New Line Cinema.

Steve Pink and Jeff Morris sell comedy pitch “Cop Swap” to MGM for high six figures.

Jason Rothwell writing action thriller “Polar” for Constantin Film.

Nick Schoenfeld writing drama “King David” for Warner Bros.

Todd Solondz writing “Wiener-Dog” for Annapurna Pictures, Solondz attached to direct.

Ben Wheatley writing “Free Fire” for Rook Films, Wheatley to direct.


For my interview with Eric Heisserer, go here.

Screenwriting News (October 13-October 19, 2014)

October 19th, 2014 by

Matthew Altman and David Matalon sells spec script “The Feud” to Vandal Entertainment.

Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari sell thriller spec script “Low Tide” to Twentieth Century Fox.

Jeffrey Hatcher writing World War I drama “Megiddo” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Rob McElhenney sells family action adventure pitch “Figment” to Legendary Pictures.

Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales writing remake of thriller Vengeance for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Nicole Perlman writing new comic book series “Gamora” for Marvel Studios.

Mike White adapting novel “Love May Fail” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Screenwriting News (October 6-October 12, 2014)

October 12th, 2014 by

Arash Amel adapting novel “Made in Sweden” for DreamWorks.

Steve Conrad untitled thriller at New Regency with Gore Verbinski attached to direct.

James DeMonaco writing-directing The Purge 3 for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions.

Katie Dippold and Paul Feig writing Ghostbusters 3 for Columbia Pictures.

Michael Feldman and Billy Crystal writing fantasy adventure “Which Witch?” for The Jim Henson Company.

Dan Frey and Russell Sommer sell action drama pitch “Eternal” to Paramount Pictures in a preemptive deal.

Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott sell action adventure pitch “Hood” to Sony Pictures for seven figures.

Seth Grahame-Smith writing the Lego Batman spinoff for Warner Bros.

Baltasar Kormákur and Olafur Egill Egilsson set up action adventure “Vikingr” at Universal Pictures, Kormákur to direct.

Jesse Kornbluth adapting his drama comedy novel “Married Sex” for Chockstone Pictures.

Natalie Krinsky adapting YA novel “I’ll Give You the Sun” for Warner Bros.

E. Nicholas Mariani adapting drama memoir “Not Without Hope” for Relativity Media.

Gary W. Moore and James Riordan adapting Moore’s novel “The Final Service” for Night Fox Entertainment.

Michelle Morgan and DJ Richardson writing romantic comedy “Is He The One” for MGM, Kerry Washington attached to star.

R. Scott Shields writing the untitled Oscar Schmidt biopic for Rafinha Bastos Productions.

James C. Strouse drama comedy “People Places Things” at Beachside, Strouse to direct.

Larry Stuckey writing “Santa is Real” for New Regency and Walden Media.

Pearry Teo writing “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty” for Bleiberg Entertainment, India Eisley attached to star.

Jonathan Tropper rewriting drama romance “Goodbye for Now” for Lionsgate.

Evan Turner sells action comedy spec script “Partners” to New Line Cinema.

Peter Warren writing comedy horror “Thrill Ride” for Twentieth Century Fox, Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O’Brien to direct.

Fred Wolf and David Spade writing the sequel Joe Dirt 2 for the Crackle website.