Spec Script Sale: “The Eden Project”

September 26th, 2014 by

Sony Pictures acquires science fiction spec script “The Eden Project” written by Christina Hodson. From Tracking Board:

Sony Pictures has just won a multiple studio bidding war to win the sci-fi spec script THE EDEN PROJECT from writer Christina Hodson. The project, which is being pitched as a grounded sci-fi take on the origins of the Garden of Eden, was picked up for producers Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer to produce through their Material Pictures. The project, which is expected to be the first in a series is officially titled “The Eden Project Part One: Eve” and from what we’re hearing has similarities to the recent Luc Besson & Scarlett Johansson outing “Lucy”. Following this logic, one can assume the second installment is in fact “The Eden Project Part Two: Adam”.

Prior to locking the deal down at Sony, Warner Brothers was also in play, going toe to toe with Sony up to the $500k mark, until Sony made the final move and put up a $750k offer. The idea that a project, which already had Maguire attached would not land at Sony (where Material’s deal is) for only $250k seems unlikely, but Sony put it to bed by upping the offer and locking the deal down as the work day was coming to an end.

Always nice to see a bidding war. Also suggests that after a poor year so far and a very slow summer, the spec market is starting to heat up at least just a bit with six sales in the last week.

Hodson is repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 46th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “In the Land of Imagined Things”

September 24th, 2014 by

Walt Disney Pictures acquires fantasy spec script “In the Land of Imagined Things” written by Joe Henderson. From THR:

Plot details are being left to the imagination for the time being, but the plan is to make the feature a live-action/CG hybrid.

Henderson is repped by CAA and The Cartel.

By my count, this is the 45th spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Scarecrow”

September 20th, 2014 by

Screen Gems acquires horror thriller spec script “Scarecrow” written by Mike Scannell. From Variety:

Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Scannell is repped by UTA.

By my count, this is the 44th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Road to Oz”

September 20th, 2014 by

New Line Cinema acquires drama spec script “Road to Oz” written by Josh Golden. From THR:

New Line Cinema has preemptively scooped up spec script Road to Oz, written by hot rising talent Josh Golden. Beau Flynn will produce via his New Line-based FlynnPictureCo.

This is how hot Golden and Road to Oz are: The screenwriter and his script, which chronicles the early days of whimsical author L. Frank Baum, are finalists for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships, which were announced earlier this week.

This speaks to the influence of the Nicholl Fellowship screenplay competition.

Golden is repped by Resolution.

By my count, this is the 43rd spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “North of Reno”

September 20th, 2014 by

New Line Cinema acquires crime thriller spec script “North of Reno” written by Banipal Ablakhad and Benhur Ablakhad. From Deadline:

The original story is said to be a “twisty, crime thriller centered around the pursuit of a hidden fortune.”

The writers are repped by Resolution.

By my count, this is the 42nd spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “In The Deep”

September 19th, 2014 by

Sony Pictures Entertainment acquires drama thriller spec script “In The Deep” written by Tony Jaswinski. From Deadline:

Tonally,  the spec is described as a cross between 127 Hours meets Jaws, with a touch of Gravity thrown in for good measure. A young woman who is dealing with the recent death of her mother is surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded 20 yards off shore on a buoy. What lies between her and the shore is a huge great white shark.

Jaswinski is repped by Paradigm (LA) and Circle of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 41st spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “The Three Tenors”

August 21st, 2014 by

Lionsgate acquires comedy spec script “The Three Tenors” written by Johnny Rosenthal. From Deadline:

Think A Night At The Opera meets Anchorman here as the comedy traces the rise and fall, and then another rise and fall and then rise, of a fictional trio of internationally beloved operatic superstars.

Rosenthal is repped by Paradigm and Apostle Management.

By my count, this is the 39th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 70 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Berliner”

July 29th, 2014 by

Universal Pictures acquires action spy thriller spec script “Berliner” written F. Scott Frazier. From THR:

The script is set in 1961 and centers on an agent from the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to today’s CIA) who is tracking an assassin targeting Americans.

The script was sought after by several companies, including Studio Canal, which had producer Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman vying.

Frazier is known for his action specs, among them Line of Sight, set up at Warners with Mike McCoy (Act of Valor) attached to direct. He also has Day One, a sci-fi thriller housed at Universal that first teamed him with Morgan.

For my March 2012 interview with Scott, go here. You may also read the 2011 Screenwriters Roundtable and the 2012 Screenwriters Roundtable in which Scott participated.

Scott is repped by CAA and DMG Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 38th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 64 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: Untitled Arabian Nights Project

July 25th, 2014 by

Warner Bros. acquires fantasy adventure untitled Arabian Nights spec scriptment written by David Weill. From Deadline:

In a most unusual spec script deal, Warner Bros has preemptively acquired an untitled “script-ment” from tyro screenwriter David Weil. Essentially, the studio bought the blue print for a 7-part movie franchise featuring interconnected stories contained in The Arabian Nights.

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The script-ment is 90 pages long, and I’m told that Weil’s vision is for a period reinterpretation of very familiar stories from a public domain tale, with modern tropes and themes that lend themselves to the big tent pole CGI-driven element that is vital in fantasy fare. It is the bible for what the scribe envisions as a long running franchise.

If you don’t know what a scriptment is, you can see James Cameron’s version for “Spiderman” here. Roughly speaking, it’s a long treatment with some dialogue.

Evidently this is the first sale for David Weill.

Weill is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 37th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 63 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “A Man Called Death”

July 20th, 2014 by

Addicted Pictures acquires thriller spec script “A Man Called Death” written by Matthew Kennedy. From TheWrap:

The script features a “Misery”-esque setup that evolves into a “Usual Suspects”-type non-linear storyline.

This is a preemptive option deal with progress-to-production elements.

Kennedy is repped by WME and Energy Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 36th spec script sale in 2013.

There were 63 spec script sales year-to-date in 2014.