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.

 

Spec Script Deal: “Descendant”

March 7th, 2015 by

Lotus Entertainment acquires supernatural thriller spec script “Descendant” written by Jeff Buhler. From Deadline:

The plot follows a couple who are overjoyed by the birth of their son. But as he grows older he begins to show signs of genius-level intelligence, which change him in chilling ways, leaving his parents and doctors wondering if his talents are natural or if there is some other force influencing him. “I have always been fascinated by the concept of reincarnation which is a widely held belief for billions of people around the globe,” Buhler said. “Descendant explores this world in a very personal and frightening way that has never been realized on film.”

Buhler is repped by WME and the Gotham Group.

By my count, this is the 15th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 13 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “A Shot in the Eye”

March 4th, 2015 by

20th Century Fox acquires science fiction action spec script “A Shot in the Eye” written by Dan Futterman. From Deadline:

The spec is a science fiction action movie in a dystopian setting, but they’re keeping the exact logline under wraps.

Futterman is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 14th spec script deal of 2015.

There were 13 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “The House”

February 25th, 2015 by

New Line acquires comedy spec script “The House” written by Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen with Will Ferrell attached to star. From Deadline:

Ferrell plays a guy, who, with his wife, blows their daughter’s college fund. Desperate for cash, they team with some neighbors to open an illegal casino in the suburbs.

Per Deadline, interesting approach to the deal “which began with the writers pitching the concept to studios and leaving behind a script.”

Writers are repped by CAA and Deb Klein.

By my count, this is the 13th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 10 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Smoke”

February 25th, 2015 by

Relativity Media acquires action crime spec script “Smoke” written by Max Vaney and Luke Goltz. From Deadline:

It’s set in the Miami Vice 1980s era in South Beach. Spec tells the true story of Joey Ippolito, who was one of the world’s top speedboat racers. No one in the South Beach socialite crowd knew, however, that he was also running one of the biggest cocaine smuggling operations out of the U.S.

Vaney and Goltz are first-timers. They are repped by Paradigm and Circle Of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 12th spec script deal of 2015.

There were 10 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Hunt, Capture, Kill”

February 20th, 2015 by

Millennium Films acquires action spec script “Hunt, Capture, Kill” written by Gregory Allen Howard. From Deadline:

It’s a full out action film about the first female president, who is shot down in Air Force One in the jungles of South America. One military man in charge of her rescue is her only hope for survival.

Brings to mind a Business of Screenwriting post: Spec Scripts Aren’t Just for Aspiring Screenwriters. One of the points I made why pro screenwriters would choose to write a spec script:

If a writer is pigeonholed in one genre, they may write a spec script in another genre with the hopes of breaking the town’s perception of the type of material they can write.

Gregory Allen Howard is best known for Remember the Titans and other projects of that ilk. As the Deadline article says, Howard is using this script in an effort at “rebranding himself in the action/thriller genre”.

And I say, good for him!

Howard is repped by WME and the Gotham Group.

By my count, this is the 11th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 10 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Note: This makes 4 spec script deals in 5 days.

Spec Script Deal: “The Burning Woman”

February 20th, 2015 by

Scott Free Productions acquires drama thriller spec script “The Burning Woman” written by Brad Ingelsby. From Deadline:

In a small, blue-collar town in Pennsylvania, a 32-year-old woman’s teen daughter goes missing and she is left to raise her infant grandson alone. The story is told over the course of 11 years, from the time her daughter vanishes, through the the trials-and-tribulations of subsequent years looking for closure, leading up the long-awaited discovery of the truth.

Congratulations, Brad! His movie Run All Night, starring Liam Neeson and Ed Harris, premieres on March 13, 2015.

Brad is repped by CAA and Energy Entertainment.

For my March 2013 interview with Brad, go here.

By my count, this is the 10th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 9 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.