Screenwriting News (July 21-July 27, 2014)

July 27th, 2014 by

David Diamond and David Weissman writing sequel to Last Vegas for CBS Films.

Michael Finch rewriting video game based project “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” for CBS Films.

James Gunn writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for Marvel.

Jay Martel and Ian Roberts writing live action/animation remake of TV series “Manimal” for Sony Pictures Animation.

Jose Rivera and Richard Regen writing remake of thriller “Deity” for YRF Entertainment.

Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair adapting biopic “A Boy Named Shel” for Wonderland Sound and Vision and Motion Theory.

Micheal Spierig and Peter Spierig rewriting horror “Winchester” for Hammer Films for them to direct.

J. Michael Straczynski adapting his science fiction graphic novel “Titans” for Chernin Entertainment.

David Weil sells untitled Arabian Nights spec script-ment to Warner Bros in preemptive deal.

Screenwriting News (July 14-July 20, 2014)

July 20th, 2014 by

Debra Cahn writing crime drama “Coronado High” for Columbia Pictures.

Shauna Cross adapting drama novel “What Alice Forgot” for TriStar Pictures.

Zach Dean sells war drama pitch “Atlantic Wall” to Imperative Entertainment.

Tom Dolby and Nicole Brending adapting “The Artist’s Wife” for Water’s End Productions.

Tom Dolby and Daniel Pearle adapting New Yorker article “The Master” for Water’s End Productions.

BenDavid Grabinski’s script action buddy comedy adaptation of “Archer & Armstrong” with Valiant Entertainment.

Jason Grote adapting John Cheever short story “Goodbye, My Brother” for Water’s End Productions.

Dante Harper rewriting heist drama “The Secret of the Temple” for Fox 2000.

Terry Hayes sells and will adapt his debut novel “I Am Pilgrim” for MGM.

Andrew Hilton adaptation “The Guns of Christmas Past” with director Kevin Tancharoen for Voltage Pictures.

Alex Hollister adapting comic series “Age of Heroes” for Bad Hat Harry Productions.

Matthew Kennedy options thriller spec script “A Man Called Death” to Addicted Pictures.

Stacey Menear scripted supernatural thriller “The Inhabitant” with director William Brent Bell for Lakeshore Entertainment

Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz writing remake of  “Power Rangers” for Lionsgate.

Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett writing comedy “Man Up” for CBS Films.

John Pollono adapting Boston Marathon bombing book “Stronger” for Lionsgate.

Yaron Zilberman writing-directing short story “Sonata” for Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions.

Screenwriting News (July 7-July 13, 2014)

July 13th, 2014 by

Alfredo Botello scripted drama “Crickets” to be produced by Mike Dirnt (Green Day) and Pat Magnarella.

James E. Cavanaugh scripted science fiction “Apex” with Darren Lynn Bousman as director for 2511 Productions.

Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer rewriting Ant-Man for Paramount Pictures and Marvel.

Joe Gazzam options untitled science fiction spec script to Relativity Media.

Ehren Kruger writing live-action remake of “Dumbo” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Shea Mirzai and Evan Mirzai 2013 Black List script “Diablo Run” with director Michael Tiddes.

Jack Reher adapting comic book “The Shunned One” for Coalition Group and Wasted Talent Entertainment.

James Schamus adapting “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” for Lionsgate.

Laura Solon options comedy spec script “Work It” to Universal Pictures.

Jonathan Stokes writing untitled King David project for Twentieth Century Fox.

Caroline Thompson adaptation of YA novel “Wicked Lovely” picked up in turnaround by Pukeko Pictures.

Albert Torres adapting comic book series “Locke & Key” for Universal Pictures.

James Vanderbilt writing and directing political drama “Truth” for Mythology Entertainment.

Screenwriting News (June 30-July 6, 2014)

July 6th, 2014 by

Brandon A. Cohen and Michael Doneger scripted romantic comedy “The Escort” shooting with Doneger, Lyndsy Fonseca, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, and Sonya Walger rounding out the cast. Brandon is one of my original Quest writers.

Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin rewriting “Flat Stanley” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Jeremy Doner writing action drama “Odysseus” for Warner Bros.

Jonathan Lemkin writing “G.I. Joe 3″ for Paramount Pictures.

Nick Schenk writing remake of 2012 Dutch thriller “Taped” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

J. David Stem and David N. Weiss writing “Enchanted 2″ for Walt Disney Pictures.

Screenwriting News (June 23-June 29, 2014)

June 29th, 2014 by

Arash Amel writing remake of the 1983 War Games for MGM.

Travis Beacham’s Pacific Rim gets a sequel scheduled for release April 7, 2017 with Guillermo del Toro directing, plus an animated TV series.

Shane Black writing treatment and Fred Dekker writing script for sequel of 1987 Predator for 20th Century Fox, Black attached to direct.

Joe Carnahan rewriting “Five Against a Bullet” for Sony Pictures, Carnahan to direct.

Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer rewriting Karate Kid 2 for Sony Pictures and Overbrook Productions.

Richard Gray adapting Japanese thriller novel “Audition” for MFK Productions.

Mark Hogan adapting true story “Blackout” for Mythology Entertainment.

Brant Hughes sells thriller pitch “Visceral” to Solipsist Films.

Juan Iglesias and Juan Saba writing remake of French drama comedy “Claire” for Rilean Productions.

David Bar Katz rewriting untitled comedy FBI wedding project for Universal Pictures, Jason Bateman attached to star.

Annie Neal adapting YA novel “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” for Overbrook Productions.

Ken Nolan writing untitled Granite Mountain Hotshots project for di Bonaventura Pictures and Conde Nast Entertainment, Scott Cooper attached to direct.

Peter O’Brien adapting Korean crime thriller “Secret” for New Line Cinema.

Gavin O’Connor writing remake of World War II soccer film Victory for Warner Bros.

Zak Penn rewriting science fiction “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros.

Ashleigh Powell writing female-centric action “The Athena Project” for Warner Bros.

Sarah Polley adapting novel “Looking for Alaska” for Paramount.

Jessica Postigo adapting four book YA series “Monstrumologist” for Warner Bros.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade rewriting “Bond 24″ for Sony.

Jennifer Schuur writing black comedy “Look Away” for Locomotive.

Andrew Stern writing “Van Cliburn” for Temple Hill Productions and Crystal City Entertainment.


You may read my July 2013 interview with Arash Amel here.

You may read my March 2012 interview with Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer here.

You may read my May 2013 interview with Ashleigh Powell here.

Screenwriting News (June 9-June 15, 2014)

June 15th, 2014 by

Bryan Cogman adapting role-playing card game “Magic: The Gathering” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar sell spec script “Captain Nemo” to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

E. Lockhart options teen drama “We Were Liars” to Imperative Entertainment with Lockhart to adapt.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes writing horror thriller “Fear Followers” for Relativity Media.

Eric Warren Singer adapting spy thriller novel “Red Sparrow” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Adam Storke adapting drama novel “Acts of Violence” for MacMan Entertainment.

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo writing untitled comedy for TriStar Pictures with Wiig to direct.

Screenwriting News (June 2-June 8, 2014)

June 8th, 2014 by

Todd Alcott and Holly Golden sell “Medusa” pitch to Sony Pictures Animation.

Bryan Bertino adapting science fiction thriller short film “Abe” for MGM.

David DiGilio adapting the remake of South African thriller iNumber Number for Universal Pictures.

Jen Kleiner adapting true story “Switching Time” for Aaron Magnani Productions with Kleiner to direct.

Peter Landesman writing and directing untitled NFL concussion project for Sony Pictures Entertainment with Will Smith circling.

David Matalon writing and directing romantic comedy “Lemonade” for Sunday Ruckus Productions.

Alex McAulay writing the sequel War of the Roses: The Children for Permut Presentations and Grey Eagle Productions.

Elliot San options action thriller spec script “Safe Core” to 26 Films.

David Schickler rewriting crime comedy “Mule” for Warner Bros.

Oliver Stone adapting “The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” with Stone to direct.

Amy Welsh sells untitled comedy spec script to Focus Features.

Screenwriting News (May 26-June 1, 2014)

June 1st, 2014 by

Dan Ahdoot writing untitled Janoskians project for Lionsgate.

Carter Blanchard rewriting Independence Day 2 for Twentieth Century Fox.

Larry Charles writing remake of 2001 Australian cult hit “The Man Who Sued God” for New Films International.

Tripper Clancy sells pitch “Stranded” to Sony Pictures Entertainment, Kevin James attached to star.

Ava Dellaira adapting her novel “Love Letters to the Dead” for Fox 2000.

Joe Gazzam writing remake of “Cliffhanger” for StudioCanal and Original Film.

Steven Knight writing the sequel to World War Z for Paramount Pictures.

George Olson writing untitled Jesse Owens project for Inspire Entertainment.

Stephen Rivele and Chris Wilkinson rewriting “China Black Chamber” for Fundamental Films and Grand Via Productions.

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo writing and directing thriller “The Gray Man” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Nia Vardalos writing My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 for Gold Circle Films and The Playtone Company.

Screenwriting News (May 19-May 25, 2014)

May 25th, 2014 by

Rodney Barnes rewriting comedy “Any Means Necessary” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen rewriting untitled James Donovan drama thriller for DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg attached to direct, Tom Hanks to star.

Marlene King adapting horror novel “The Merciless” for Lionsgate.

Max La Bella adapting “The Devil’s Rooming House” for A7SLE Films.

Jean-Claude LaMarre writing drama “Chocolate City” for Nulite Entertainment and Zanar Entertainment.

Gerald McMurray writing and directing drama “Underground” for Significant Productions.

Jeremy Saulnier writing and directing “Green Room” for Broad Green Pictures.

Justin Shady writing crime thriller “Vendetta” for Lionsgate and WWE Studios.

Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley writing animated LEGO fantasy adventure “Ninjago” for Warner Bros.

Rob Weiss and Jeff Santos rewriting “Hell’s Angels” for Fox 2000, Weiss attached to direct.

Gary Whitta writing first untitled Star Wars stand-alone movie for Walt Disney Pictures.

Screenwriting News (May 12-May 18, 2014)

May 18th, 2014 by

Martin Aguilera and Alex Bram writing supernatural thriller “Cloudland” for 1984 Private Defense Contractors.

Jane Anderson adapting drama novel “The Wife” for Meta Films, Glenna Close attached to star.

Sascha Arango adapting his drama novel “The Truth and Other Lies” for Chockstone Pictures.

Ben Brewer and Adam Hirsch writing crime thriller “The Trust” for Highland Film Group, Nicholas Cage and Jack Huston attached.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer writing “Who The F#@k Took My Daughter” for Safran Company.

Kenny Golde adapting science fiction novel “Thirteen” for Straight Up Films and Vinson Films.

Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann adapting action thriller novel “SAS: Red Notice” for Altitude Film Entertainment.

Ken Marino and Erica Oyama sell comedy pitch “Me Time” to Universal Pictures.

Chris McCoy casts his 2011 Black List drama-comedy “Good Kids” for Voltage Pictures with McCoy to direct.

Damien Ober rewriting “Black Mirror” for Warner Bros.

Roberto Orci to direct Star Trek 3 for Paramount.

Ol Parker writing biopic “Jimi”.

Nic Pizzolatto adapting his crime thriller novel “Galveston” for Low Spark Films.

Robert Rodat rewriting true story “Beautiful” for The Mark Gordon Company, Morgan Freeman attached to star.

Chris Sparling adapting crime novel “Blood on Snow” for Warner Bros., Leonardo DiCaprio attached to possibly star.

Austin Stark writing-directing “The Runner” for Paper Street Films.

Oren Uziel adapting “The Intern’s Handbook” for Sony Pictures, Dave Franco attached to star.

Sherry White writing “Maudie” for Landscape Entertainment.

To read my March 2012 interview with Chris McCoy, go here.

To read my March 2012 interview with Chris Sparling, go here.