Screenwriting News (April 25-May 1, 2016)

May 1st, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage adapting World War II novel “The Noble Assassin” for DreamWorks with Cary Fukunaga to direct.

James Coyne writing “Sherlock Holmes 3” for Warner Bros..

Evan Dickson writing horror comedy “The Wildness” for The Realm and Bron Studios.

Sam Esmail 2008 Black List script “Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations” set up at STX Entertainment.

Noah Hawley signs first-look film deal with 20th Century Fox.

Ben Jacoby scripted prequel “The First Omen” lands director Antonio Campos for 20th Century Fox.

Toni Kalem writing “Layover” for Animus Films, Serena Films, and Fortitude International with Penelope Cruz to star.

Stacey Menear writing remake of “Dennis the Menace” for Warner Bros.

LaToya Morgan adapting thriller novel “The Two-Minute Rule” for Original Film and Story Mining & Supply.

Nate Parker writing “Predilection” for BB Film Productions and Bleiberg Entertainment.

Robert Rodat writing “The Catcher Was A Spy” for PalmStar Entertainment, Animus Films, and Serena Films with Paul Rudd to star.

Terry Rossio adapting nonfiction “Callous Disregard” for his Chamaeleon Productions.

Mike Scannell writing remake of “See No Evil” for Screen Gems.

Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi sell drama bio spec script “Exposure” to Entertainment One Films International.

Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan sell untitled pitch to Paramount Pictures

Screenwriting News (April 18-April 24, 2016)

April 24th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Sean Anders and John Morris writing “Daddy’s Home 2” for Paramount Pictures.

Joshua Friedlander sells fantasy drama spec script “Couple Up” to Lionsgate.

Joe Greenberg sells elevated science fiction spec script “Man Alive” to Twentieth Century Fox.

Adam Cole-Kelly and Sam Pitman rewrite of “Paternity Leave” going forward at New Line.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein writing redo of ABC series “Three’s Company” for New Line.

Christopher Landon sells supernatural thriller pitch “Liminal” to write-direct for Fox 2000.

Roberto Marinas scripted thriller “Lasso” going forward with Lindsey Morgan to star, Evan Cecil to direct.

George Mastras adapting article “The Possibly-True Story of the Super-Burglar Trained to Rip Off al Qaeda” for Studio 8.

Sean Macaulay adapting real life story “The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

James Ponsoldt writing and directing “I Want My MTV” for A24.

Laura Steinel sells comedy spec script “Women In Business” to Twentieth Century Fox with Emma Stone, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell attached to star.

Bomani Story scripted “Rock Steady Row” going forward with Supergravity Pictures.

Anthony Tambakis scripted comedy “Sun Dogs” going forward with director Jennifer Morrison and her Apartment 3C Productions.

David Twohy rewriting to direct science fiction “Ice Moon Rising” for Das Films.

Kraig Wenman writing action heist “Money Plane” for Das Films.

S. Craig Zahler writing-directing “Brawl in Cell Block 9” for XYZ Films with Vince Vaughan attached to star.

Screenwriting News (April 11-April 17, 2016)

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This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles sell romantic comedy pitch “Swiped” to CBS Films.

Hadi Hajaig sets up “Blue Iguana” at UK Film Studio Productions with Sam Rockwell to star.

Cliff Hollingsworth options spec biopic “Done It All” at GMH Productions

Richard LaGravenese writing “Gypsy” for STX Entertainment, Barwood Films and Silver Picture with Barbara Streisand to star.

Max Landis sells supernatural action spec script “Deeper” to MGM with Bradley Cooper to star.

Justin Marks writing “The Jungle Book 2” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Brendan O’Brien sells untitled comedy pitch to Universal Pictures with Will Ferrell to produce and start.

Gay Talese sets up nonfiction story “The Voyeur’s Motel” at DreamWorks Studios with Sam Mendes to direct.

Screenwriting News (April 4-April 10, 2016)

April 10th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski sell adaptation pitch “Great Men” to Amazon Studios.

Diablo Cody sets up untitled project for Right of Way Films with Jason Reitman to direct, Charlize Theron to star.

Vineet Dewan and Samantha Taylor Pickett “Be Here Now” for Voltage Pictures with Dewan to direct.

Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy set up comedy “Life of the Party” at New Line Cinema.

Nicholas Martin writing “The Duke” for Pathé and Neon Films.

David Matthews adapting “The Corporation” for Paramount Pictures.

Hank Nelken writing animated family comedy “Speedy” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

David Scarpa rewriting “Cleopatra” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

David Seidler and Jacqueline Feather writing “Edge of the World” for The Mark Gordon Company, Koch Company, and the China Film Group Corporation.

Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse writing “Edge of Tomorrow 2” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Aaron Stockard writing “Bunker Hill” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Andrew Kevin Walker writing remake of 1946 movie “The Killers” for Universal Pictures.

Randall Wallace writing “The Flying Tigers” for Skydance Productions and Alibaba Pictures Group.

Richard Wenk adapting “The Second Life of Nick Mason” for Lionsgate.

Screenwriting News (March 28-April 3, 2016)

April 3rd, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Arash Amel writing remake of “Starman” for Columbia Pictures.

Sofia Coppola writing-directing remake of 1971 movie “The Beguiled” for American Zoetrope.

Cynthia D’Aprix adapting her novel “The Nest” for Amazon Studios and Topple Productions.

Evan Daugherty pitch to resurrect “Rose Red” is a go with Walt Disney Pictures.

Delia Ephron adapting her novel “Siracusa” for Working Title Films.

Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz sell horror pitch “The Fortress” to Universal.

Jonah Hill sets up drama spec script “Mid ’90s” with A24 and Scott Rudin Productions.

Paula Pell rewriting “Dashing Through the Snow” for Disney.

Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse adapting “The Children of Willesden Lane” for BBC Films.

Screenwriting News (March 21-March 27, 2016)

March 27th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Sarah Conradt (2011 Black List) writing remake of Finnish thriller “Black Ice” for MGM.

Ava DuVernay co-writing The Battle of Versailles with Michael Starrbury for HBO, DuVernay to direct.

Taylor Kitsch writing-directing-starring in “Pieces” for EFO Films and Film 44.

Max Landis sells spec script “Bright” for $3M to Netflix, Will Smith and Joe Edgerton attached to star, David Ayer to direct.

Mike P. Nelson writing-directing “The Domestics” for MGM.

Christopher Parker writing “44” for Alcon Entertainment.

Ol Parker rewriting adaptation of novel “Sorta Like A Rock Star” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Gina Prince-Bythewood and Roxane Gay adapting Gay’s novel “An Untamed State” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Audrey Wells adapting YA novel “The Hate U Give” for Fox 2000.

Nick Yarborough’s spec script Letters From Rosemary going forward with Anonymous Content and Arlook Group with Emma Stone attached.

Screenwriting News (March 14-March 20, 2016)

March 20th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Isaac Adamson 2015 Black List script “Bubbles” acquired by Starburns Industries.

Etan Cohen writing-directing remake of “Cannonball Run” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Michael Colton and John Aboud’s adaptation of “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” going forward with Principato-Young Entertainment, Pacific Electric Picture Company, and Darko Entertainment.

Guillermo del Toro writing-directing untitled Cold War project for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Jason Fuchs writing “Lobo” for Walt Disney Pictures and DC Entertainment.

Paul Gerstenberger’s script “The Woods Run” set up at Red 21 Laps Entertainment.

Merritt Johnson scripted “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” going forward with Indigenous Media and Untitled Entertainment.

David Keopp writing Indiana Jones 5 for Walt Disney Pictures.

Max Landis sells action thriller spec script “Bright” to Netflix for a reported $3M.

Michael Lerner adapting “On the Brinks” for Focus.

Jason Mosberg writing “Philly Fury” for Emmett/Furla Films.

Elizabeth Palmore is writing “The Evening Hour” for Star Thrower Entertainment.

Nate Parker adapting ESPN memoir “Carry On” for Walden Media.

Charles Randolph developing hour war drama series for Amazon.

Duncan Samarasinghe sets up science fiction thriller “The Caretaker” at Screen Gems.

Eduardo Sanchez Sevenfold Blumhouse Productions Haxan Films

Tristine Skyler’s adaptation of “River Town” going forward with Fugitive Films.

Rebekah F. Smith adapting YA science fiction novel “Flawed” for Warner Bros.

Chris Sparling sets up thriller spec script “Intrusion” at Good Universe.

Screenwriting News (March 7-March 13, 2016)

March 13th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Johanna Baldwin writing “The Year of the Great Storm” for 34th Street Films and Hypnotic.

Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky writing-directing “The Man Who Would Be Polka King” for Permut Presentations and Red Hour Films.

Zach Helm adapting “The Mercenary” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Jonathan Herman adapting thriller novel “The Travelers” for DreamWorks and The Picture Company.

Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins writing “Ten Aker Wood” for Amazon Studios with Soloway directing.

Jessica Swale adapting her play “Nell Gwynn” for Working Title Films.

Amy Talkington sells untitled comedy dance project pitch to Universal Pictures.

Screenwriting News (February 29-March 6, 2016)

March 6th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Suzanne Allain writing “Running A Thousand Miles For Freedom” for Alloy Entertainment.

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby scripted “Blood’s A Rover” moving forward with The Mark Gordon Company and Midnight Road Entertainment.

Dante Harper writing spinoff “Venom” for Sony.

Eric Heisserer adapting “Sandman” for New Line.

Matt Lopez writing “Dr. Q” for Disney.

Adam Mason and Simon Boyes adapting video game “Thief” for Straight Up Films, Vertigo Entertainment, and Prime Universe Productions.

Tricia McAlpin scripted “Groom” moving forward at Twentieth Century Fox.

Karen McCullah adapting “Rock Star Mommy” for Alcon Entertainment.

Ashleigh Powell adapting “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” for Disney.

Tom Stoppard writing “A Christmas Carol” for Annapurna Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions.

Stu Zicherman adapting “Solo Pass” for Great Point Media, The Gotham Group, and Olive Productions.


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To ready my March 2013 interview with Ashleigh Powell, go here.

Screenwriting News (February 22-February 28, 2016)

February 28th, 2016 by

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Tamara Faith Berger adapting thriller “American Solo” for H2O Motion Pictures and January Films.

Jon Croker with OWA thriller “The Ruins” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Sebastian Gutierrez rewriting “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman adapting children’s books “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” for CBS Films.

Dan Mazer sets up drama comedy “Stiff” at H2O Motion Pictures.

Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio writing “It’s a Small World” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Stacy Rukeyser adapting YA novel “Private” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Joel Silverman adapting series of novels “Henry and Eva”.

Vanessa Taylor writing Untitled Teflon Project for Pascal Pictures and Film 360.

Andrew Wylie adapting memoir “Aperture” for STX Entertainment and Aardwolf Creative.