Spec Script Sale: “The Feud”

October 18th, 2014 by

Vandal Entertainment options thriller spec script “The Feud” written by Matthew Altman and David Matalon. From Deadline:

Described as The Raid meets Winter’s Bone, the story follows a mysterious man who returns to his home in Iowa for his brother’s funeral when he finds himself head to head with the local crime boss and traps him and his friends in an abandoned farm complex. They must battle for their lives against impossible odds.

This is an option deal.

Altman is repped by APA, Matalon by Paradigm (LA), and Parallax Talent Management.

By my count, this is the 50th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 81 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Low Tide”

October 16th, 2014 by

Twentieth Century Fox acquires thriller spec script “Low Tide” written by Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari. From Deadline:

The scribes made the 2010 Black List for their script Die In A Gunfight and they are the on set writers right now for Marvel’s Ant-Man. Script is an elevated thriller that follows a policewoman who has an ingenious serial killer arrive in her small beach town over the July 4th holiday weekend. She has to enter a psychologically daring and personal game of cat and mouse in order to stop him.

Talk about stacking projects! The guys evidently finish up a spec while working on set during the production of another movie. Way to go, fellahs!

Barrer and Ferrari are repped by WME and Caliber Media.

By my count, this is the 49th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 81 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Partners”

October 9th, 2014 by

New Line acquires action-comedy spec script “Partners” written by Evan Turner. From THR:

New Line sparked to a buddy-cop action comedy with a fresh twist: unlike most buddy cop movies featuring a male team, a female team (think The Heat), or even a male-canine team, this one focuses on the rarely told adventures of opposite-sex partners.

The plot revolves around a hotshot LAPD detective who falls for a gorgeous woman after a one-night stand. He then discovers, to his chagrin, that she’s not only an FBI agent but is also his new, no-nonsense boss on a high-profile case.

Turner is repped by Underground.

By my count, this is the 48th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 76 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “May You Live in Interesting Times”

October 1st, 2014 by

Voltage Pictures acquires action spec script “May You Live in Interesting Times” written by Anthony Jaswinski. Via THR:

In a similar tonal vein as Lucy, the recent Luc Besson action hit that starred Scarlett Johansson, May You Live is a female-centric thriller that aims to be stylish and visceral.

The story revolves around a highly trained female operative who works for a ruthless global intelligence organization and who is dispatched to Hong Kong to take out an older associate. A no-one-gets-out-alive scenario ensues when the young assassin realizes she has met her match.

Jaswinski is repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion.

By my count this is the 47th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “The Eden Project”

September 26th, 2014 by

Sony Pictures acquires science fiction spec script “The Eden Project” written by Christina Hodson. From Tracking Board:

Sony Pictures has just won a multiple studio bidding war to win the sci-fi spec script THE EDEN PROJECT from writer Christina Hodson. The project, which is being pitched as a grounded sci-fi take on the origins of the Garden of Eden, was picked up for producers Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer to produce through their Material Pictures. The project, which is expected to be the first in a series is officially titled “The Eden Project Part One: Eve” and from what we’re hearing has similarities to the recent Luc Besson & Scarlett Johansson outing “Lucy”. Following this logic, one can assume the second installment is in fact “The Eden Project Part Two: Adam”.

Prior to locking the deal down at Sony, Warner Brothers was also in play, going toe to toe with Sony up to the $500k mark, until Sony made the final move and put up a $750k offer. The idea that a project, which already had Maguire attached would not land at Sony (where Material’s deal is) for only $250k seems unlikely, but Sony put it to bed by upping the offer and locking the deal down as the work day was coming to an end.

Always nice to see a bidding war. Also suggests that after a poor year so far and a very slow summer, the spec market is starting to heat up at least just a bit with six sales in the last week.

Hodson is repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 46th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “In the Land of Imagined Things”

September 24th, 2014 by

Walt Disney Pictures acquires fantasy spec script “In the Land of Imagined Things” written by Joe Henderson. From THR:

Plot details are being left to the imagination for the time being, but the plan is to make the feature a live-action/CG hybrid.

Henderson is repped by CAA and The Cartel.

By my count, this is the 45th spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Scarecrow”

September 20th, 2014 by

Screen Gems acquires horror thriller spec script “Scarecrow” written by Mike Scannell. From Variety:

Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Scannell is repped by UTA.

By my count, this is the 44th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Road to Oz”

September 20th, 2014 by

New Line Cinema acquires drama spec script “Road to Oz” written by Josh Golden. From THR:

New Line Cinema has preemptively scooped up spec script Road to Oz, written by hot rising talent Josh Golden. Beau Flynn will produce via his New Line-based FlynnPictureCo.

This is how hot Golden and Road to Oz are: The screenwriter and his script, which chronicles the early days of whimsical author L. Frank Baum, are finalists for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships, which were announced earlier this week.

This speaks to the influence of the Nicholl Fellowship screenplay competition.

Golden is repped by Resolution.

By my count, this is the 43rd spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “North of Reno”

September 20th, 2014 by

New Line Cinema acquires crime thriller spec script “North of Reno” written by Banipal Ablakhad and Benhur Ablakhad. From Deadline:

The original story is said to be a “twisty, crime thriller centered around the pursuit of a hidden fortune.”

The writers are repped by Resolution.

By my count, this is the 42nd spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “In The Deep”

September 19th, 2014 by

Sony Pictures Entertainment acquires drama thriller spec script “In The Deep” written by Tony Jaswinski. From Deadline:

Tonally,  the spec is described as a cross between 127 Hours meets Jaws, with a touch of Gravity thrown in for good measure. A young woman who is dealing with the recent death of her mother is surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded 20 yards off shore on a buoy. What lies between her and the shore is a huge great white shark.

Jaswinski is repped by Paradigm (LA) and Circle of Confusion.

By my count, this is the 41st spec script sale of 2014.

There were 75 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.