Spec Script Deal: “The Last Days of Night”

May 11th, 2016 by

Black Bear Pictures acquires historical drama spec script “The Last Days of Night” written by Academy Award winner and Black List screenwriter Graham Moore. From Deadline:

Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures has won an auction that puts him back together with Graham Moore and Morten Tyldum, with whom he made the Best Picture-nominated hit The Imitation Game. Schwarzman has acquired a package for  The Last Days Of Night, which Moore (who won an Oscar for adapting The Imitation Game) has adapted in a spec script from the novel he wrote which Random House will published September 20.

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Like The Imitation Game, this one involves seminal technological geniuses. The publisher describes it as being “about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America. New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy. Thomas Edison has won the race to the patent office and is suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: He hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath. The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting. Edison proves to be a formidable, wily, and dangerous opponent. Yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? As he takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.” Woven into the tale are Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Stanford White and other technological titans of the late 19th century.

This sets up a race of sorts with The Weinstein Company’s project The Current War also about the competition between Edison and Westinghouse.

Moore is repped by CAA and Think Tank Management.

By my count, this is the 26th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 28 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: Untitled Angela Davis Project

May 6th, 2016 by

The Firm acquires untitled Angela Davis project written by LaToya Morgan. From Deadline:

Suspected 60s radical Angela Davis, accused of conspiracy in the murder of a federal judge, became the first woman on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, became an iconic symbol of an era. After fleeing from authorities, she is eventually captured and must exonerate herself from an all white jury during the racially turbulent early 1970’s.

Morgan is repped by CAA and Echo Lake.

By my count, this is the 25th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 28 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Victim 321”

May 4th, 2016 by

Millennium Films acquires time-travel thriller script “Victim 321” written by Michael McGrale. From Deadline:

Victim 321 tells the story of a jaded Chicago homicide detective who wakes up in the body of an ex-con three days before his murder. He has 72 hours to unravel the conspiracy behind the victim’s death, or he’ll meet his own demise.

McGrale is repped by CAA and Craig Cook.

By my count, this is the 24th spec script deal in 2016.

There were 27 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Exposure”

April 30th, 2016 by

Entertainment One Films International acquires drama bio spec script “Exposure” written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi. From Deadline:

Rosalind Franklin, a scientist whose role in the discovery of DNA’s structure in 1953 has been long forgotten, has a chance to be immortalized in a feature film. eOne has acquired Exposure, a spec script by Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi. eOne Features president Xavier Marchand prevailed in an auction that had studios in the competitive mix.

Writers are repped by ICM Partners and Stagecoach Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 23rd spec script deal in 2016.

There were 27 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Couple Up”

April 22nd, 2016 by

Lionsgate acquires fantasy drama spec script “Couple Up” written by Joshua Friedlander. From Deadline:

A married couple, verging on divorce, wishes they had never met. In an It’s A Wonderful Life-type scenario, they see what life would have been like had they never gotten together.

How long has that concept been sitting there waiting for a writer to hit on it? Congrats to Joshua who did.

Deal was made in what is described as a “competitive situation”.

Friedlander is repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 22nd spec script deal in 2016.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Sale: “Man Alive”

April 22nd, 2016 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires science fiction spec script “Man Alive” written by Joe Greenberg. From Deadline:

20th Century Fox has made a six-figure deal to acquire “Man Alive”, an elevated sci-fi spec script by new writer Joe Greenberg. Fargo creator Noah Hawley is set to make his feature film directorial debut on the project.

Greenberg is a ‘first-time scribe’ from New Jersey. He is repped by Verve and Benderspink.

By my count, this is the 21st spec script deal of 2016.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Women In Business”

April 22nd, 2016 by

20th Century Fox acquires comedy spec script “Women In Business” written by Laura Steinel. From THR:

After a heated bidding war involving multiple studios, Fox has nabbed the hot comedy script Women in Business.

Laura Steinel wrote the screenplay for the female-driven comedy, which has some strong attachments: Emma Stone, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell.

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…the film, centers on two competitive women who are sent on a business trip to Canada. There, they hire a third woman off Craigslist to act as their intern, which derails their trip.

That’s a big package and a female-centric one to boot.

Steinel is repped by UTA and Principato-Young Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 20th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Bubbles”

April 17th, 2016 by

Isaac Adamson sells Black List script “Bubbles” to End Cue with Dan Harmon to produce. From Deadline:

Bubbles tells the story of Michael Jackson’s life and history from the perspective of the pet Chimp which got a close-up view after being adopted by Jackson from an Austin, Texas research facility and given residence at the Neverland Ranch in 1983. He became Jackson’s constant companion until he became overaggressive and was moved to a monkey sanctuary in Florida. The script has been considered a very inventive way to tell an unauthorized story of Jackson without needing permission.

Bubbles was the #1 ranked script on the 2015 Black List. It will produced as a stop-motion animated feature.

Sale Date: March 18, 2016.

By my count, this is the 19th spec script deal in 2016.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Look for my interview with Isaac beginning Monday.

Spec Script Deal: “Smoke on the Water”

April 16th, 2016 by

Trey Callaway and Rick Parks set up action spec script “Smoke on the Water” at Thunder Road:

Set in the world of offshore boat racing, open water drug smuggling and the U.S. Coast Guard–exploring the “nautical narcotic highway” from Cuba to Key West.

Writers are repped by CAA, Rain Management Group, and Silvera Management.

Sale date: February 5, 2016.

By my count, this is the 18th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Stuber”

April 15th, 2016 by

Tripper Clancy sells action comedy spec script “Stuber” to Fox. From Deadline:

Fox has acquired for mid-six figures Stuber, an action-comedy spec by Tripper Clancy takes place over one harrowing night in the life of an Uber driver named Stu.

Good to see the majors stepping into spec market again.

Clancy is repped by UTA and Benderspink.

By my count, this is the 17th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 25 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.