Screenwriting News (August 18-August 24, 2014)

August 24th, 2014 by

Thompson Evans Black List script “Past Due” acquired by Warner Bros.

Andrew Dominik writing remake of Shaolin Temple for Seven Stars Film Studios and Enlight Pictures, Justin Lin attached to direct.

Peter Hoare writing untitled celebrity death pool comedy for WWE Studios and Hyde Park Entertainment.

Nicole Holofcener writing and directing drama “The Land of Steady Habits” for Fox Searchlight.

Jojo Moyes adapting her own drama comedy novel “One Plus One” for New Line Cinema.

Mickey Rapkin sells pitch based on his book “Theater Geek” to Material Pictures.

Johnny Rosenthal sells comedy spec script “The Three Tenors” to Lionsgate.

Paul Ruehl and Lester Lewis scripted action comedy “All Day and a Night” to be produced by Relativity Media.

Shane Salerno sells action drama package based on the Mack Bolan book series for Warner Bros. with Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips attached to produce, possibly to star and direct respectively.

Oscar Sharp gets a blind script deal with Material Pictures based on his short film “The Karman Line”.

Randi Mayem Singer writing Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 for Fox 2000.

Jim Uhls and James Mullaney scripted “The Destroyer” with Sony Pictures Entertainment with Shane Black to direct.

David Weill sells science fiction spec script “Moonfall” to Audax Films.

Screenwriting News (August 11-August 17, 2014)

August 17th, 2014 by

Stephanie Allain and Lenore Kletter adapting memoir for untitled Misty Copeland project for New Line Cinema.

Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for Paramount.

Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad writing separate “Aquaman” scripts for Warner Bros.

Pamela Gray adapting drama novel “The Husband’s Secret” for CBS Films.

Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes writing sequels Journey 3 and Journey 4 for New Line Cinema.

Dennis McNiholas adapting animated short “Henchmen” for Bron Studios and Gary Sanchez Productions.

Bert V. Royal adapting Broadway musical “13″ for CBS Films.

Shane Salerno adapting Mack Bolan book series for his company The Story Factory.

Seth M. Sherwood writing horror prequel “Leatherface” for Millennium Films.

Will Staples writing untitled animal-trafficking project for Warner Bros. Pictures and Appian Way.

Screenwriting News (August 4-August 10, 2014)

August 10th, 2014 by

Kevin Brodbin writing war thriller “The Siege of Jadotville” for Parallel Films.

Carrie Brownstein adapting BBC mini-series “Lost In Austen” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward writing action comedy “Roadrunner” for Mednick Productions.

Evan Daugherty adapting drama fantasy comic book “The Foundation” for 20th Century Fox.

Ian Edelman adapting comedy web series “WorldStarHipHop” for Paramount Insurge.

Lisa Joy writing untitled female superhero movie for Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios.

Marc Klein adapting drama romance novel “The Lost Wife” for Relativity Media.

Jennifer Lee adapting adventure novel “A Wrinkle in Time” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Allan Loeb writing science fiction adventure “Out of This World” for Relativity Media.

Christopher MacBride sells science fiction thriller pitch “Amnesia” to Sony Pictures.

Christopher Rice adapting drama horror novel “The Tale of the Body Thief” for Universal Pictures.

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone sell untitled Lonely Island comedy to Universal Pictures.

Michael Stokes rewriting action “South China Sea” for Millennium Films.

Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen adapting drama bio “Kate” for Four Stars International.


Read my March 2014 interview with Lisa Joy here.

Screenwriting News (July 28-August 3, 2014)

August 3rd, 2014 by

Carter Blanchard writing science fiction thriller “Near Death” for Voltage Productions.

Brant Boivin and Jonathan Keasey writing drama bio “Dragon Lady” for Fundamental Films.

Max Borenstein writing King Kong spinoff “Skull Island” for Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

William Eubank, Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio sell thriller pitch “TauTona” to Warner Bros.

Katie Ford adapting teen drama YA novel “The Queen of Kentucky” for Permut Productions.

F. Scott Frazier sells spy thriller spec script “Berliner” to Universal Pictures.

Lane Garrison and Mark Famiglietti writing comedy “The Divorce Party” for Defiant Pictures and 2020 Entertainment.

Richard LaGravenese adapting stage play “Gypsy” for Universal Pictures.

Matt Lopez adapting children’s book “The Day the Crayons Quit” for Universal Pictures.

Cindy McCreery and Trey Fanjoy writing comedy “Something in the Water”.

Alex Ross Perry writing thriller “Queen of the Earth”.

Mark L. Smith adapting Swedish thriller “Chain of Events” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Chris Sparling rewriting supernatural thriller “Down a Dark Hall” for Lionsgate.

Michael Werwie adapting spy drama book “Operation Shakespeare” for Legendary Pictures.

Terence Winter writing untitled Mike Tyson biopic for LBI Entertainment.

Ed Zwick and Marshal Herskovitz adapting Japanese manga “Soul ReViver”.

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.