Spec Script Deal: “Battle of New Orleans”

February 12th, 2016 by

Endurance Media acquires period war drama spec script “Battle of New Orleans” written by Daniel Kunka. From Deadline:

Battle of New Orleans, written by Kunka (Yellowstone Falls), is one of the greatest untold stories in American history featuring General and future President, Andrew Jackson, who reluctantly partners with world-renowned pirate Jean Lafitte to lead a ragtag team of soldiers against the indomitable British Army in the climactic battle of the War of 1812.

Kunka’s script Yellowstone Falls made the 2014 Black List.

He is repped by ICM Partners and Madhouse Entertainment.

By my count this is the 7th spec script deal in 2o16.

There were 7 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Miami, PI”

February 12th, 2016 by

Endurance Media acquires detective drama “Miami, PI” written by Michael Diliberti. From Deadline:

Written and to be directed by Diliberti (Little White Corvette), focuses on a young PI with a checkered past, who teams up with an ex-model/hot mess to solve the murder of a young girl in Miami. As they navigate the sleazy underbelly of Miami and follow leads pertaining to the murder, they find themselves in way over their heads as they begin to uncover clues linking a high-powered figure to a far-reaching conspiracy.

Diliberti’s script Little White Corvette made the 2011 Black List.

He is repped by WME.

By my count, this is the 6th spec script deal in 2016.

There were 7 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Leverage”

February 5th, 2016 by

FilmNation acquires thriller spec script “Leverage” written by Oliver Kramer. Via Deadline:

Set in the summer of 1974, it wraps a murder mystery around the beginnings of modern Wall Street mergers-and-acquisitions hustlers evident in films like The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Deal was made in a “competitive situation”.

Kramer is repped by Oasis Media Group.

By my count, this is the 2nd spec script deal of 2016.

There were 6 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Bury the Lead”

January 20th, 2016 by

Elston Films acquires 2013 Black List script “Bury the Lead” written by Justin Kremer. From Variety:

Kremer’s screenplay centers on a talented journalist who, in his life-long quest for a Pulitzer Prize, fabricates the truth to create a compelling murder story. When his concocted conspiracy becomes real, right and wrong become entangled as he fights for his safety, career and family before time runs out.

Kremer’s script “McCarthy” also made the Black List in 2012. You may read my 2013 interview with Justin here.

Kremer is repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 1st spec script deal of 2016

There were 2 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Forgive Me”

December 4th, 2015 by

Amazon Studios acquires 2014 Black List spec script “Forgive Me” written by Max Hurwitz. From Deadline:

Chronicles the story of legendary newscaster Mike Wallace. While he was building TV news empire Sixty Minutes, he also struggled with a major chemical depression that he kept secret from friends and family until the end of his career.

Writer is repped by CAA and Grandview.

By my count, this is 55th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 61 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Claire”

November 27th, 2015 by

Scott Free and Black Bicycle Media preemptively acquire drama spec script “Claire” written by Brad Ingelsby. Via Tracking Board:

Ingelsby’s latest drama is in the vein of Cape Fear, but centers around a female protagonist living on a rural farm who must defend her daughter when she falls in with the wrong crowd. The role is being described as a tour de force female lead which could serve as a ‘bookend’ to The Burning Woman.

Ingelsby is repped by CAA and Energy Entertainment.

To read my March 2013 interview with Brad Ingelsby, go here.

By my count, this is the 54th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 60 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: Untitled Adolf Eichmann Project

November 17th, 2015 by

MGM made a pre-emptive deal to acquire untitled thriller written by Matthew Orton. Via Deadline:

MGM has made a pre-emptive deal for an untitled spec script by British scribe Matthew Orton about the team that hunted down and captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the major architects of the Holocaust.

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The thriller spec is closer to the tone of Argo than Munich in creating thriller stakes in the manhunt for one of the most diabolical war criminals of the 20th century.

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Writer Orton is out of the UK, majored in history at Oxford, and his spec CLEAN made the 2014 Brit List. He is mentored by Bridge Of Spies scribe Matt Charman, who he met via the Guiding Lights program.

Orton is repped by The Agency and Grandview.

By my count, this is the 53rd spec script deal in 2015.

There were 57 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Ascension”

October 13th, 2015 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires science fiction spec script “Ascension” written by Shannon Triplett. From Deadline:

It’s a big sci-fi action disaster tentpole that follows a scientist who must save the world after gravity is erased from the Earth’s atmosphere.

So to the people spouting the conventional wisdom you shouldn’t write big expensive sci fi specs because there are only six buyers… one word: “Ascension”.

Tripplett is repped by UTA.

By my count, this is the 51st spec script deal in 2015.

There were 48 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Boomtown”

October 11th, 2015 by

Focus Features acquires drama thriller spec script “Boomtown” written by Matt King. From Deadline:

Story of a slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret who discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country.

It is the first script deal for King.

He is repped by Paradigm and John Zaozirny (Bellvue Productions).

By my count, this is the 50th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 48 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.

Spec Script Deal: “Met Gala Heist”

October 7th, 2015 by

New Line Cinema acquires spec script “Met Gala Heist” written by Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer. From THR:

Described as an Ocean’s Eleven-type heist film, the story centers on two estranged sisters who create an all-girl team to pull off a heist at the Oscars of fashion, the Met Gala.

Writers are repped by Original Artists and Jonathan Hung.

By my count, this is the 49th spec script deal in 2015.

There were 47 spec script deals year-to-date in 2014.