Spec Script Sale: “Nottingham & Hood”

December 5th, 2014 by

Walt Disney Pictures acquires spec script “Nottingham & Hood” written by Brandon Barker. From Deadline:

Nottingham & Hood has a Pirates Of The Caribbean tone and the hope is to launch a new adventure franchise that fits Disney’s global brand.

Sony recently bought a Robin Hood pitch, so here we go again: Hollywood dueling projects.

Barker is a first-time writer. He is repped by UTA and Benderspink.

By my count, this is the 61st spec script deal in 2014.

There were 97 sped script deals year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “The Babysitter”

November 24th, 2014 by

Wonderland Sound and Vision acquires horror spec script “The Babysitter” written by Brian Duffield. No details on the story.

Duffield is repped by Gersh and Circle of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 60th spec script deal of 2014.

There were 97 spec script deals year-to-date in 2013.

To read my June 2014 interview with Brian Duffield, go here.

Spec Script Sale: “Dig”

November 21st, 2014 by

Vegas, Baby Productions acquires action thriller spec script “Dig” written by Adam Taylor Barker. From Deadline:

The action-thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains tracks Sol, a tough-as-nails grave digger out for revenge after his father-in-law kidnaps his daughters.

Writer is repped by ICM Partners and Industry Entertainment.

A 2013 Black List script.

This is an option deal.

By my count, this is the 59th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 96 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Boston Strong”

November 18th, 2014 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires drama spec script “Boston Strong” written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. From Variety:

…based on the book by Casey Sherman and former Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge.

“Boston Strong” follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events.

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“The Fighter” screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote the script. The duo optioned the rights in July 2013.

Writers are repped by Verve and The Gotham Group.

By my count, this is the 58th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 96 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “ARES”

November 13th, 2014 by

Paramount Pictures acquires action adventure science fiction spec script “ARES” written by Michael Starrbury. From THR:

Plot details are being kept sealed shut, but the title is said to be in the vein of Indiana Jones and Men in Black in what the studio hopes will start a franchise. (ARES is an acronym for Allied Recovery of the Extraordinary and Supernatural.)

That makes three spec script sales announced in 24 hours, two by Paramount.

Starburry is repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 57th spec script sale of 2014.

There were 92 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Matriarch”

November 12th, 2014 by

Paramount acquires thriller spec script “Matriarch” written by Eric Koenig. From Deadline:

The thriller follows two powerful female characters going head to head as a prison psychologist has 48 hours to convince a serial killer to disclose the location of her final victim before she is executed.

This is the first sale for Koenig. He is repped by Paradigm and Benderspink.

Deal is for a reported mid-six figures.

By my count, this is the 56th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 92 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “The Wall”

November 12th, 2014 by

Amazon Studio acquires drama thriller spec script “The Wall” written by Dwain Worrell. From Deadline:

A deadly cat-and-mouse contest waged by an American sharpshooter and the Iraqi sniper who has him pinned behind a small chunk of concrete. The sniper has commandeered the communications frequency and the enemies talk to each other through a standoff that will prove fatal for one of them.

Seems to me, the very idea of this spec script is right in the wheelhouse of Hollywood buyers today. Strong high concept. Thriller which is a hot genre nowadays. Similar but different to American Sniper which is getting good buzz. Can cast anybody. And it’s budgeted at $5M, so low risk with good upside potential.

This is Worrell’s first sale. The script landed him representation with CAA and Madhouse Entertainment.

This is an option deal.

By my count, this is the 55th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 92 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Cold War”

November 1st, 2014 by

Chickie the Cop Productions acquires comedy spec script “Cold War” written by Noah Goodman and Justin Zaager. From THR:

Described as being part inspirational culinary tale, a la Jon Favreau’s food truck hit Chef, and part broad comedy, the script centers on a professionally obsessed but personally unfulfilled attorney who gives up his legal practice for a simpler life of serving up frozen confections. He soon unwittingly finds himself in the midst of an ice cream truck turf war.

Note to comedy writers, here is the main reason why the producer Eric Gitter optioned the script:

Gitter was won over the one simple thing: the script made him laugh.

“You can work on structure, you can learn craft, but you can’t teach funny,” says Gitter. “And these guys just had it. It’s a rare thing.”

Goodman attends Long Island Lutheran High School. Zaager is a freshman at Northeastern University.

This is an option deal.

By my count, this is the 53rd spec script sale in 2014.

There were 88 spec script sales in year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Midnight”

October 29th, 2014 by

Radar Pictures acquires horror thriller spec script “Midnight” written by Travis Baker and Richard Tanne. From Deadline:

The horror-thriller described as “I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Prisoners” centers on a small-town mayor’s daughter who goes missing and the detectives, family and friends who discover she’s just the latest in the town’s dark history of mystery and murder.

Baker and Tanne are repped by WME and Dobre Films.

By my count, there have been 52 spec script sales in 2014.

There were 83 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Plus One”

October 24th, 2014 by

The Weinstein Company acquires spec script “Plus One” written by April Prosser. From Deadline:

The script is about a woman who emerges from a long-term relationship only to realize all her friends have married off and there’s no one single left to go out with…except Summer, the loud, sexually-oversharing wild card who is now Rachel’s only option for a wing woman.

Prosser is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 51st spec script sale in 2014.

There were 83 scripts sold year-to-date in 2013.