Spec Script Sale: “I’m In Love With The DJ”

April 18th, 2014 by

Sony Pictures acquires comedy spec script “I’m In Love With The DJ” written by Lauryn Kahn. From Deadline:

The new deal is for an R-rated comedy is about a girl whose two best friends tag along on her work trip to Spain that quickly turns into a crazy hunt for a hot DJ through the electronic dance music scene. Kahn is the young writer who, after spending four years as McKay’s assistant and honing her writing skills scripting, performing and directing numerous shorts for the Funny Or Die, sold the script He’s Fuckin’ Perfect to Fox 2000 for $1 million against $1.5 million. That film, now titled The Social Life, moved to Universal with Jake Syzmanski directing Amanda Seyfried and Rebel Wilson, with Gary Sanchez producing.

Kahn (@YouDonKnowMe) is repped by WME.

By my count, this is the 25th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 29 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Yellowstone Falls”

April 14th, 2014 by

QED acquires action drama spec script “Yellowstone Falls” written by Daniel Kunka. From Deadline:

This script is unusual in that it was 52 pages, with few human characters and essentially no dialogue. The action begins after an apocalyptic event that saps the humanity from most of the mutated humans that remain. At its core, it’s the story of a mother wolf, separated from her mate as the rest of the pack flees to safety, is forced to defend her cubs from the oncoming swarm. It sounds like those spare nature-based movies Jean Jacques Annaud makes, with a little genre thrown in. Telling a story like this with almost no dialogue is a real creative challenge, but movies like Gravity and Life Of Pi sounded shaky, too. This will certainly be different.

This story sounds awesome, yet another example of so-called screenwriting ‘rules’ trampled by a writer willing to take chances and let his creativity rule the decision-making process.

Bidding war resulted in a deal reported to be six figures against near seven-figures.

Kunka is repped by ICM and Madhouse Entertainment.

For my June 2013 interview with Daniel, go here.

By my count, this is the 24th spec script sale of 2014.

There were 28 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

UPDATE: From Daniel via Twitter:

Spec Script Sale: “The Garden at the End of the Earth”

April 9th, 2014 by

Warner Bros. acquires science fiction thriller spec script “The Garden at the End of the Earth” written by Gary Graham. From TheWrap:

Story follows a reclusive engineer who attempts to save our dying planet by growing trees in what is now a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He must also protect an abused girl from men who are hunting her.

This is a first-time sale for Graham.

Graham is repped by CAA and Energy Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 23rd spec script sale in 2014.

There were 25 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Padre”

April 9th, 2014 by

Screen Gems acquires drama spec script “Padre” written by Mike Maples. From Deadline:

A priest, trying to atone for his bloody past as a special ops soldier, witnesses the brutal murder of members from his congregation by a malevolent Sheriff and his deputies. Tortured and left for dead in the desert, he survives. Then, he faces a crisis of conscience and the dawning realization that his past military training and three tours in Afghanistan may have been preparation for what his soul and his heart tell him is right. From there it goes all bad for the crooked cops.

Maples is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 22nd spec script sale of 2014

There were 25 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Ricki and the Flash”

April 6th, 2014 by

TriStar Productions acquires dramedy spec script “Ricki and the Flash” written by Diablo Cody. From THR:

The script is described as a funny and touching story of a rock ‘n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right.

Meryl Streep is attached to star. Jonathan Demme to direct.

Cody is repped by WME and MXN.

By my count, this is the 21st spec script sale in 2014.

There were 24 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: Untitled Wright & Woods Project

April 4th, 2014 by

Centropolis acquires an untitled action thriller spec script written by Nicholas Wright and James A. Woods. From Deadline:

The film is set on a diving ship in the Arctic.

Writers are repped by WME, McKeon-Myones Management (Wright), and Thruline Entertainment (Woods).

By my count, this is the 20th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 24 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Terrestrial”

April 2nd, 2014 by

Lionsgate acquires science fiction spec script “Terrestrial” from writer Peter Gaffney. From TheWrap:

The studio, which did not respond to a request for comment, paid low six figures for the project.

Gaffney is a first-time writer. He is repped by UTA and Energy Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 19th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 21 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “A Better Place”

March 28th, 2014 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires thriller spec script “A Better Place” written by Brad Ingelsby. From Deadline:

A Better Place is an elevated gritty thriller in the vein of A Simple Plan, and Scott Free and Fox will look to set a director quickly.

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

Ingelsby is repped by WME and Energy Entertainment.

You may go here for my March 2013 interview with Brad.

By my count, this is the 18th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 21 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Vacation Friends”

March 28th, 2014 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires comedy spec script “Vacation Friends” written by siblings Tim Mullen and Tom Mullen, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris attached to star. From Deadline:

Pratt and Faris, who are married off screen, will play a crazy wild couple that bonds with a straight laced couple  on vacation in Mexico. They have a great time, and then want to rekindle the fun. Once the other couple gets back to their normal life, it’s not nearly the same kind of fun and their vacation friends won’t go away.

Strong high concept that slots comfortably into Hollywood’s similar but different business mentality: What about Bob? with a couple.

Steve Pink, who is attached to direct, is reportedly doing a rewrite.

Deal was for near seven figures.

The scribes are repped by Paradigm and Andrew Kersey Management.

By my count, this is the 17th spec script sale of 2014.

There were 21 spec script deals year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Hopelessly Devoted”

March 25th, 2014 by

Pantelion Films acquires romantic comedy script “Hopelessly Devoted” written by Jill Mazursky and Jamee Decio. From Variety:

The story centers on a notorious Major League Baseball player and a nun, who has been experiencing doubts about her vocation.

It is an option deal.

Mazursky and Decio are repped by Untitled Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 16th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 19 script deals year-to-date in 2013.