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.

Screenwriting News (September 29-October 5, 2014)

October 5th, 2014 by

Kristina Lauren Anderson adapting YA novel “Invisibility” for Warner Bros.

Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman sell untitled supernatural cop pitch to Sony Pictures in a bidding war.

Dave Callahan writing Zombieland 2 for Sony Pictures.

Stephen Chbosky rewriting live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for Disney Pictures.

Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz sell comedy pitch “Rocky Mountain High” to Universal Pictures in a bidding war.

Michael Diliberti sells crime drama pitch “The West” to Sony Pictures in a bidding war.

Gillian Flynn writing entire season of “Utopia” for HBO, David Fincher to direct all of the episodes.

Akiva Goldsman will rewrite adaptation of thriller novel “The Janson Directive” for Universal Pictures.

Gary Graham adapting his spec script “A Garden at the End of the World” for the reboot of I Am Legend for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Alex Holmes adapting thriller novel “The Killer” for StudioCanal.

Anthony Jaswinski sells action spec script “May You Live in Interesting Times” to Voltage Pictures.

Trey Kollmer and John Blickstead writing “Gumball 3000″ for Warner Bros. and Chernin Entertainment.

Michael McCullers writing animated “Boss Baby” for DreamWorks Animation.

Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts rewriting “Goat” for Killer Films and Robert Bandini Productions, Neel to direct.

Screenwriting News (September 22-September 28, 2014)

September 28th, 2014 by

Adam Brooks adapting “No Baggage” for New Line Cinema.

Charles Cumming adapting drama mystery “The Tracking of a Russian Spy” for The Picture Company.

Jason Filardi sells children’s book adaptation pitch “Floors” to Walt Disney Pictures.

Joe Henderson sells fantasy spec script “In the Land of Imagined Things” to Walt Disney Pictures.

William Monahan adapting New Yorker article “The Throwaways” for Paramount Pictures.

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adaptation of novel “The Rosie Project” lands Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct for Sony Pictures.

Bernard rose writing-directing remake of “Frankenstein” for Eclectic Pictures, Bad Badger, and Summerstorm Entertainment.

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt iPhone horror game “The Drowning” for Radar Pictures.

Josh Singer adapting drama bio “First Man” for Universal Pictures.

Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson adapting remake of “All Quiet on the Western Front” for Radar Pictures.

Screenwriting News (September 15-September 21, 2014)

September 21st, 2014 by

Banipal Ablakhad and Benhur Ablakhad sell crime thriller spec script “North of Reno” to New Line Cinema.

Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard writing-directing remake of I Saw the Devil for Snoot Entertainment.

Max Borenstein writing Godzilla 2 for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard writing reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer for Sony Pictures.

Josh Golden sells drama spec script “Road to Oz” to New Line Cinema.

Benjamin Grayson writing “I’ll Never Get Out Of This Alive” for Laura Bickford Productions, Grayson to direct, Chris Hemsworth to star.

Noah Hawley adapting his novel “Before the Fall” for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Chad Hodge adapting “The Darkest Minds” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Tony Jaswinski sells thriller spec script “In the Deep” to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Tony Kaye writing untitled Peg Entwistle project for Arthur Sarkissian Productions.

Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe writing untitled Olympic Village comedy for The Tornante Company.

Adam Robitel writing “Cropsey” for A7SLE Films.

Mike Scannell sells horror thriller spec script “Scarecrow” to Screen Gems.

Ben Schwartz sells untitled comedy pitch to Good Universe, Seth Rogen attached to star.

Guinevere Turner adapting “The Family” for Roxwell Films.

Ross Venokur signs a three-picture deal with Vanguard Films and Animation.

Gary Whitta writing “Starlight” for 20th Century Fox.