Spec Script Deal: “Command & Control”

May 19th, 2015 by

Film House Germany and Vandal Entertainment acquire thriller spec script “Command & Control” written by Byron Willinger and Phil De Blasi. From Deadline:

The producers are out to select directors on the project, which follows a NSA employee as he takes over the most secure room in the nation — U.S. Cyber Command — using its advanced spyware technology to unravel a deadly conspiracy. In an effort to redeem himself and save millions of innocent lives, he gains the trust of a young female hacker to stop a false-flag operation being run by members of the government.

Writers are repped by Verve.

By my count this is the 30th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Pale Blue Dot”

May 13th, 2015 by

Fox Searchlight acquires drama spec script “Pale Blue Dot” written by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. From Variety:

The story follows a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect American dream life.

The story explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time staring at the Earth from space begin to lose their sense of reality when they return home.

Reese Witherspoon is attached to star.

Writers are repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 29th spec script deal in 2015

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “The Infinite Horizon”

May 6th, 2015 by

Warner Bros. acquires spec script “The Infinite Horizon” written by Ryan Condal, an adaptation of a comic book mini-series. From THR:

The six-issue miniseries takes its cues from Homer’s The Odyssey to tell a military story set in the near future about a soldier who leads a group of abandoned soldiers on a 10-year journey back home. Along the way, he faces shipwrecks, an opponent wearing Cyclops-like battle tech armor and the call of sirens.

And the power of the the Hero’s Journey marches on!

Condal is repped by WME and Management 360.

By my count, this is the 28th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “A Meyers Thanksgiving”

April 28th, 2015 by

Universal Pictures acquires comedy spec script “A Meyers Thanksgiving” written by David E. Talbert. From Deadline:

The pic is a holiday themed comedy about an estranged family facing their first Thanksgiving together since the death of the family matriarch.

Talbert is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

By my count, this is the 27th spec script deal of 2015.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Septillion to One”

April 2nd, 2015 by

OddLot Entertainment acquires romantic comedy spec script “Septillion to One” written by Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack. From Deadline:

An over-zealous former FBI agent who has been relegated to the fraud unit of the Texas State Lottery begins investigating a beautiful and shrewd woman who had inexplicably defied all odds and hit the lottery jackpot three times. He realizes the odds are over one in a billion for this to happen, creating a game of cat and mouse with the suspect whom he ultimately falls head over heels in love.

Writers are repped by Gersh.

By my count, this is the 24th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 20 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Mulan”

April 1st, 2015 by

Disney acquires period drama spec script “Mulan” written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek. From THR:

Disney bought a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in Disney’s 1998 animated film.

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The 1998 film, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, followed a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can take her father’s place in the army and go to war. With the help of her trusty dragon sidekick Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and, eventually, one of the country’s greatest heroines. It earned $304.3 million worldwide, earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations and resulted in a 2005 direct-to-DVD sequel, Mulan II.

If a writer were to ask me, “Hey, I want to spec Mulan… what do you think?” I would have told them, “You’re crazy. There’s only one buyer. Disney. Try to sell that elsewhere, the studio’s legal eagles would sue your ass off. Are you willing to put all your eggs in one Burbank-based basket?”

Kudos to Ms. Martin and Ms. Hynek. Proved me wrong!

Writers are repped by Benderspink.

By my count, this is the 23rd spec script deal in 2015.

There were 20 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Temple”

March 28th, 2015 by

Erebus Pictures acquires action horror spec script “Temple” written by Matt Savelloni. From THR:

Temple was written by Matt Savelloni and will follow a team of highly trained operatives who get trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is shut down. The team begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they try to determine who or what killed the team previously stationed there.

Savelloni is repped by Gersh and Kersey Management.

By my count, this is the 22nd spec script deal in 2015.

There were 18 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “The Leviathan”

March 27th, 2015 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires science fiction spec script “The Leviathan” written by Jim Uhls. From Deadline:

Set in the 22nd century, mankind has colonized many worlds and traveling faster than the speed of light has been made possible by the harvesting of exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen.

The script was accompanied by a 3 minute short film/proof of concept which went viral last week:

Deal is for a reported mid-six against seven figures.

Uhls is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.

By my count, this is the 21st spec script deal in 2015.

There were 18 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Realm”

March 24th, 2015 by

Relativity Media acquires horror action spec script “Realm” written by Rebecca Sonnenshein. From Deadline:

Hot off the web release of a short film that demonstrates franchise potential for an ass kicking teenage exorcist, the Rebecca Sonnenshine spec script Realm just sold to Relativity in a mid six-figure deal. Scott Speer is attached to direct. In the short, a young woman (played here by Adelaide Kane) possesses the power to enter the soul of the possessed to wage physical battle against their inner demons.

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This becomes the latest material sale spurred by a short film that proved a sale-able concept; it seems a smart and inexpensive way to get a feature deal in this franchise hungry climate.

John Swetnam, who wrote the short film, is producing the project.

Sonnehshein is repped by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 20th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 15 spec script deals year-to-date in 2o14.

Spec Script Deal: “Proxima”

March 22nd, 2015 by

Rumble Films acquires science fiction spec script “Proxima” written by Chris Hager. From Deadline:

The sci-fi drama is about a married couple on a centuries-long mission across the universe.

The writer is from Kansas City, MO, and he was just a guy with a dream of being a screenwriter who wrote a query letter to [producer Jim] Wedaa. The producer thought it was a great idea and then pursued the project.

Hager is a first-time writer. He is repped by Verve and Parallax Talent Management.

By my count, this is the 19th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 15 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.