Spec Script Deal: “The Ark”

August 27th, 2016 by

NBC acquires drama spec script “The Ark” written by Daniel Kunka. From Deadline:

The project, a grounded, modern retelling of the Noah’s Ark story from the Bible, was written by Black List scribe Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds). It centers on an engineer who, after the death of his wife, has a vision to construct a ship capable of sustaining life in space. When the build happens to coincide with the coming end of the world, the engineer realizes there may be a larger story at play.

Kunka is repped by ICM Partners and Madhouse Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 45th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 42 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Life Itself”

August 17th, 2016 by

FilmNation Entertainment acquires drama romance spec script “Life Itself” written by Dan Fogelman. From Deadline:

The script is a multi-generational love story that weaves together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back.

Deal took place in a “competitive auction”.

Fogelman is repped by WME and Management 360.

By my count, this is the 44th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 41 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Ida Tarbell”

August 16th, 2016 by

Amazon Studio acquires 2015 Black List script “Ida Tarbell” written by Mark McDevitt. From Deadline:

…the script follows Tarbell as she digs into the Rockefeller oil empire through public documents to unearth the truth behind Standard Oil. Rockefeller would find himself against a formidable foe, the 45-year-old teacher and journalist Tarbell, who later also would pen a profile of the businessman. Tarbell’s exposé ended up not only changing the way others thought about journalism but also put a microscope on Rockefeller’s vast empire.

McDevitt is repped by UTA and Think Tank Management.

By my count, this is the 43rd spec script deal in 2016.

There were 41 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “The Ridge”

August 14th, 2016 by

Imprint Entertainment options film rights to the memoir “Two Wars” and the spec script adaptation “The Ridge” written by Joel Carpenter. From Deadline:

…story about the Battle of Takur Ghar which told of the daring rescue of a fallen Navy Seal behind enemy lines has been featured on NBC’s Dateline and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

This is an option deal.

By my count, this is the 42nd spec script deal in 2016.

There were 41 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Genesis”

August 10th, 2016 by

20th Century Fox acquires science fiction spec script “Genesis” written by Andrew Baldwin. From Tracking Board:

Went into several studios with multiple interested parties before ultimately landing with Kinberg when Fox submitted a winning bid. The story details are being kept under wraps, but the script is being described as a sci-fi thriller with action elements.

Baldwin has written scripts which have made the Black List twice: 2008 and 2011.

He is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

By my count, this is the 41st spec script deal in 2016.

There were 40 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Red Widow”

August 7th, 2016 by

STX Entertainment acquires spy thriller spec script “Red Widow” written by Matt Altman. From Deadline:

Described along the lines of the Bourne series and Salt, and echoing A History Of Violence, Red Widow flips convention with a female lead at the center of the revenge thriller-cum-political conspiracy tale. The story follows superspy Sara Drake, who traded in her legendary career for a normal life eight years earlier and went completely off the grid. Forced back into action after a rogue special ops team murders her husband, Drake embarks on a bloody quest for vengeance that leads to the highest rungs of government, uncovering a secret that could shake the foundations of American democracy.

We continue to see projects getting set up with female leads.

Altman is repped by APA and Parallax Talent Management.

By my count, this is the 40th spec script deal in 2016.

There were 40 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “The Wedding Year”

August 6th, 2016 by

Lakeshore Entertainment acquires romantic comedy spec script “The Wedding Year” written by Donald Diego. From Deadline:

A female millennial who isn’t sure she is the marrying type has her relationship and commitment issues put to the test when she is invited to 15 weddings in the same goddamn year.

Akin to Four Weddings and a Funeral on steroids.

Diego is repped by WME and Think Tank Management.

By my count, this is the 39th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 40 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Besties”

July 23rd, 2016 by

DreamWorks and Montecito Pictures acquire comedy spec script “Besties” written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. From Deadline:

It’s described as Wild Hogs meets My Best Friend’s Wedding and follows a woman who finds a long-lost love note then sets off on a road trip with her three best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush.

DreamWorks beat out two other potential buyers with a deal reported to be low-to-mid-six figures.

Daniels and Bartosic are repped by Paradigm.

By my count, this is the 38th spec script deal in 2016.

There were 38 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “The Fall”

July 8th, 2016 by

Amblin Entertainment acquires science fiction spec script “The Fall” written by Pete Bridges. From Deadline:

In the midst of an alien invasion, a freshly divorced couple must survive a dangerous real-time journey on foot from downtown Atlanta to the suburbs, where their young children are home alone.

Bridges is repped by Verve and Madhouse Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 37th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 36 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.

Spec Script Deal: “Porter Rockwell”

July 3rd, 2016 by

Hyperion Media Group acquires period western spec script “Porter Rockwell” written by Antonio Macia. From Deadline:

The Western action-adventure drama is based on Rockwell, the real-life gunslinging bodyguard of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith (and later Brigham Young) who was known as the “Destroying Angel of Mormondom” for his violent ways.

The story is set in the Utah territory during the mid-1800s gold rush. Rockwell, who became a U.S. Deputy Marshal, reluctantly leads a family of prospectors into the mountains, where they are ambushed and he is left for dead. Fueled by vengeance, Rockwell treks through rugged and snowy terrain to hunt down the gang that kidnapped a rebellious young girl.

Macia is repped by Paradigm and Management 360.

By my count, this is the 36th spec script deal of 2016.

There were 35 spec script deals year-to-date in 2015.