Screenwriting News (April 20-April 26, 2015)

April 26th, 2015 by

Ben August adapting action thriller novel “The Swimmer” for Kamala Films, Thunder Road Pictures and Film House Germany.

Alev Aydin adapting short film “Controller” for Fox.

Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow sell comedy pitch “White Boy Problems” to MGM and New Line.

Will Beall writing Robin Hood project for Warner Bros.

Michael Green writing “Wolverine” for Fox.

Eric Heisserer adapting comic book “Harbinger” for Sony.

Niall Leonard adapting “Fifty Shades Darker” for Universal.

Damon Lindelof renews overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller writing treatment for animated “Spider-Man” for Sony.

Katie Lovejoy adapting YA novel “The Selection” for Warner Bros.

Justin Marks sets up sci-fi thriller series “Counterpart” at Starz.

Richard D’Ovidio sells action spec script “Eye in the Sky” to Millennium.

Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve writing “Captain Marvel” for Disney.

Thomas Schnauz writing “Beanstalk” for Disney.

Andrew Weiss writing White Boy Rick project for Protozoa Pictures.

Screenwriting News (April 13-April 19, 2015)

April 19th, 2015 by

Tom Astle and Matt Ember writing live-action animation “kidrobot” for MGM.

Marissa Jo Cerar adapting drama novel “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” for Relativity Media.

Bill Dubuque sells action adventure pitch “The Real McCoy” to Universal.

Jason Filardi and Walt Becker sell comedy pitch “Nick” to DreamWorks.

Jeremy Garelick sells untitled Josh Gad musical comedy pitch for seven figures to Universal.

Marc Haimes rewriting “Children of Paranoia” for CBS Films.

Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve writing “Captain Marvel” for Disney and Marvel.

Screenwriting News (April 6-April 12, 2015)

April 12th, 2015 by

Peter Craig adapting “The Odyssey” for Lionsgate.

David Diamond and David Weissman writing untitled Mariah Carey Christmas project for New Line.

Carl Ellsworth writing remake of Gremlins for Warner Bros.

Antoine Fuqua and Jamal Joseph adapting bio “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” for IM Global.

Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner adapting Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” for Sony.

Peter Hedges writing live-action Pinocchio for Disney.

Nicole Holofcener adapting memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” for Fox Searchlight.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller writing treatment for “The Flash” for Warner Bros.

David Mamet adapting his play “Speed the Plow” for Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely writing Avengers: Infinity War I and II for Disney.

Andrew Rannells and Mike Doyle sell untitled comedy pitch to Universal.

Rick Roman Waugh writing-directing crime drama “Shot Caller” for Bold Films.

Dwain Worrell adapting science fiction short story “Mindcorp” for Warner Bros.

Screenwriting News (March 23-March 29, 2015)

March 29th, 2015 by

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski adapting untitled Patty Hearst book for Fox 2000.

Nick Antosca rewriting reboot of Friday the 13th for Paramount Pictures.

Elijah Bynum sets up “Hot Summer Nights” with Imperative Entertainment, Bynum to direct.

Matthew Ian Cirulnick sets up romantic thriller pitch “Paris Call Girl” RatPac Entertainment and Sentinel Pictures.

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

Tom Ford adapting thriller novel “Nocturnal Animals” for Smokehouse Pictures.

Michael Gordon adapting 1980s anime “Robotech” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Jason Mark Hellerman’s teen comedy “Shovel Buddies” set with AwesomenessTV and Film 360.

David Hornsby and Lance Krall set road comedy “The Layover” with Unified Pictures and Bron Studios.

Joe Kelly adapting his graphic novel “I Kill Giants” for Treehouse Pictures.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway writing remake of 1988 movie Alien Nation for Twentieth Century Fox.

Matt Savelloni sells action horror spec script “Temple” to Erebus Pictures.

Jason Segel and Drew Pearce writing LEGO spinoff “Billion Brick Race” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Rebecca Sonnenshine sells action horror spec script “Realm” to Relativity Media.

Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens sell comedy pitch “Substitute Teacher” to Paramount Pictures, Key & Peele attached.

Jim Uhls sells science fiction spec script “The Leviathan” to Twentieth Century Fox.

Joshua Zetumer rewriting “Boston Strong” for Twentieth Century Fox.


To read my April 2014 interview with Elijah Bynum in which we discuss Hot Summer Nights, go here.

To read my August 2014 interview with Jason Mark Hellerman in which we discuss Shovel Buddies, go here.

Screenwriting News (March 16-March 22, 2015)

March 22nd, 2015 by

Amy Fox writing drama “Equity” for Broad Street Pictures.

Chris Hager sells science fiction spec script “Proxima” to Rumble Films.

Jonathan Herman rewriting remake of Scarface for Universal Pictures.

Antony Hoffman and Brian Brightly sell action drama pitch “Fox Hunt” to Fox International Productions.

Anthony Jaswinski sells science fiction pitch “Variant” to Warner Bros.

Mary Krell-Oishi writing untitled Sam Cooke project for Mpire Films.

Craig Kyle writing remake of Blue Thunder for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Rob McKittrick rewriting comedy “Tag” for New Line Cinema.

Annie Neal rewriting “Agatha” for Paramount Pictures.

Kelly Oxford sells teen comedy “All the Way” to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Vlas Parlapanides, Charley Parlapanides, and Scott Charnick writing war drama “Zero Footprint” for Alcon Entertainment.

Jonathan Perera writing political drama “Ms. Sloane” for FilmNation Entertainment.

Sarah Polley writing remake of Little Women for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Neil Widener and Gavin James sell epic drama spec script “Verona” to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Screenwriting News (March 9-March 15, 2015)

March 15th, 2015 by

Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber set up sports bio “The Rocket” at Black Bear Pictures.

Mark Boal writing untitled Bowe Bergdahl project for Annapurna Pictures.

Eric Bress sells thriller spec script “American Hostage” to Merced Media Partners.

Joe Carnahan rewriting action thriller “Motorcade” for DreamWorks Studios.

Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart adapting period drama “The Axmann Conspiracy” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Scott Frank adapting documentary “The Seven Five” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sophie Goodhart adapting her own short film “My Blind Brother” for Low Spark Films.

Michael Green writing remake of Murder on the Orient Express for 20th Century Fox.

Melissa London Hilfers sells legal thriller spec script “Undone” to Black Bear Entertainment and Parks+MacDonald.

Kurt Johnstad sells untitled science fiction action pitch to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Tricia McAlpin adapting comedy drama novel “Forever, Interrupted” for Vertigo Entertainment.

Barbara Muschietti and Andy Muschietti adapting Stephen King short story “The Jaunt” for Plan B Entertainment.

Vlas Parlapanides, Charley Parlapanides and Scott Charnick writing an untitled military thriller to Warner Bros.

Drew Pearce writing male version of Ghostbusters reboot for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Screenwriting News (February 23-March 8, 2015)

March 8th, 2015 by

Dave Andron adapting science fiction drama novel “Stone Rider” for Working Title Films.

Michael Berg adapting children’s fantasy book “Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh” for MGM.

Jeff Buhler sells supernatural thriller spec script “Descendant” to Lotus Entertainment.

Diablo Cody rewriting comedy “Barbie” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Christopher Cosmos rewriting action fantasy “Red Sonja” for Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Evan Daugherty writing reboot of action adventure “Tomb Raider” reboot for GK Films.

Dan Futterman sells science fiction action spec script “A Shot in the Eye” to 20th Century Fox.

Marc Guggenheim adapting science fiction novel “Uprising” for 20th Century Fox.

John Hamburg, Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer writing comedy “Why Him?” for 20th Century Fox.

Joby Harold writing action adventure “Robin Hood: Origins” for Appian Way.

Julia Hart writing “Madame X” mini-series for HBO.

Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne rewriting “Winter’s Knight” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adapting John Green novel “Looking for Alaska” for Temple Hill Productions.

T.S. Nowlin adapting YA novel “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” for 20th Century Fox.

Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen sell comedy “The House” to New Line.

Zak Olkewicz adapting science fiction graphic novel “Malignant Man” for 20th Century Fox.

Nick Schenk adapting untitled elderly drug mule project for Imperative Entertainment.

Michael William Schmidt writing remake of “Brewster’s Millions” for Nasser Entertainment Group.

Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn adapting drama romance novel “On the Island” for MGM.

Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg adapting drama bio book “The Crowded Room” for New Regency.

Damian Szifron sets up untitled thriller at TriStar Pictures.

Adam Targum adapting war drama “Fearless” for Relativity Media.

Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly set up science fiction thriller “Intelligent Life” at Amblin Entertainment.

Max Vaney and Luke Goltz sell crime drama spec script “Smoke” to Relativity Media.

Screenwriting News (February 16-February 22, 2015)

February 22nd, 2015 by

Steve Conrad sells untitled driverless car pitch to Sony Pictures.

Alexander Dinelaris Jr. writing sports drama “The Year of the Monarchs” for Mandalay Sports Media.

Michael Finch and Alex Litvak set up “Medieval” at Sony Pictures, formerly at New Regency.

Robert Ben Garant untitled family horror project with Blumhouse Productions.

Kristin Gore adapting “The Psychopath Test” for Universal Pictures.

Jorge R. Gutierrez and Douglas Langdale writing untitled Kung Fu space western for Reel FX Animation Studios.

Gregory Allen Howard sells action spec script “Hunt, Capture, Kill” to Millennium Films.

Brad Ingelsby sells drama thriller spec script “The Burning Woman” to Scott Free Productions.

Jonathan Keasey and Brant Boivin sell untitled action comedy pitch to Fundamental Films.

James Andrew Miller writing untitled ESPN project for Focus Features.

Logan Miller and Noah Miller sell drama bio spec script “White Boy Rick” to Thruline Entertainment.

Sascha Penn sells action thriller spec script to Paramount.

Jeffrey Reddick writing-directing horror project “The Final Reel” for Rebel Maverick.

Sheldon Turner adapting “Sniper Elite” novels for Sony Pictures.

Irvine Welsh writing “Ivanhoe” for Egoli Tossell Film, Thunder Road Pictures and Film House Germany.


Note: 4 spec script deals for the week.

For my March 2013 interview with Brad Ingelsby, go here.

Screenwriting News (February 9-February 15, 2015)

February 15th, 2015 by

Carter Blanchard sells untitled ghost project pitch to DreamWorks.

Mac Barnett and Jory John adapting their children’s comedy book “The Terrible Two” for Universal Pictures.

Pablo Fenjves sells action comedy pitch “Mother” to Universal Pictures, Halle Berry attached to star.

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland sell drama pitch “The Shoe” to Studio 8.

Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins romantic comedy “Work Wife” for New Line, Joe Swanberg attached to direct.

Gregg Hurwitz adapting his crime thriller novel “Orphan X” for Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley Cooper attached to star.

Daniel Kunka adapting 1980s arcade game “Space Invaders” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

David Koepp adapting science fiction novel “The Themis Files” for Sony Pictures.

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan writing ‘recalibration’ of the Halloween franchise for Dimension Films.

Ken Nolan adapting action comic book “The Activity” for Paramount Pictures.

Matthew Sand adapting untitled Benghazi project for Relativity Media.

Cat Vasko sells drama bio spec script “Queen of the Air” to Warner Bros. Pictures.


For my March 2013 interview with Carter Blanchard, go here.

For my July 2013 interview with Daniel Kunka, go here.

Screenwriting News (February 2-February 8, 2015)

February 8th, 2015 by

Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken rewriting “Desert Eagle” for Universal Pictures.

Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller and Evan Goldberg writing comedy Neighbors 2 for Universal Pictures.

Jared Cowie historical drama spec script “Bismarck” optioned by Universal Pictures.

F. Scott Frazier adapting videogame “Asteroids” for Universal Pictures.

Michael Gordon adapting “Robotech” for Warner Bros.

Marshall Herskovitz adapting real life untitled Doreen Giuliano story for Sony Pictures.

Mark Heyman adapting “How to Catch a Russian Spy” for 20th Century Fox.

Orlando Jones and Noam Dromi writing untitled cult deprogramming project for Drive-By Entertainment.

Mike Le and Tyrese Gibson spec script “Desert Eagle” optioned by Universal Pictures.

Anthony McCarten sells historical drama spec script “Darkest Hour” to Working Title.

Greg Russo writing disaster drama “Category 6″ for New Line Cinema.

Josh Weigel and Rebekah Weigel adapting short film “The Butterfly Circus” for Court Five.

James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright writing remake of “Stargate” for MGM.


To read my March 2012 interview with F. Scott Frazier, go here.

To read my March 2012 interview with Greg Russo, go here.