Welp, here it is. ICYMI, the last spec sale of 2013 was William Jack Sibley's "Amor," a romantic drama that will be produced by Gerald T Olson and Dan Nelson through Golden Leaf Pictures.
The 114th spec sale, made by Jeff Ross, caps off a year that found itself 18 shy of numbers reached in both 2011 and 2012. We'll reflect on this, and the other 113, later this month in our Year End Scorecard and Roundup.
Cheers to a New Year of mid to high sixes.
Warner Bros. didn't go on a shopping spree in 2013, but they did end the year right. They purchased an Untitled John Krasinski / Oren Uziel Action Adventure for in-house darlings Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce through their Pearl Street Films. The spec, which is being kept underwraps, also has Krasinski, Uziel and veteran writer Scott Z. Burns producing.
The action/adventure is just the 4th spec purchase for Warners this year. The deal was put together by WME and Circle of Confusion's Britton Rizzio, who reps Uziel.
This is the 113th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
You'll have to excuse the radio silence from us on these two spec sales. Well, you don't have to, but we are sorry. Anyway, Warner Bros. picked up Dan Dollar's biopic drama "A Boy and His Tiger." It chronicles the early career of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. Dicaprio and his Appian Way banner will produce with Vertigo's Roy Lee and Romark's Rock Shaink.
With "Saving Mr. Banks" in award contention and the Mr. Rogers story "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" in development at Treehouse, this particular genre shows no signs of slowing down. Dollar's repped by CAA and Michael Botti of Industry Entertainment.
This is the 112th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
In the first week of December, UTA and Benderspink repped newcomer David Crabtree sold his spec "Time Tweakers" to Lionsgate/Summit. The details of the sci-fi action script are being kept under wraps. It was brought in by James Myers, who will oversee for the studio with Erik Feig.
This is the 111th spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, you can click the title above for more details.
Matt Bass & Theodore Bressman, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg disciples, have set up their comedy "The Politician" at Columbia. There hasn't been a shortage of embarrassing tales of poltician social woes the past few years, so it only seems appropriate to bring a funny one to the big screen.
Rogen and Goldberg's Grey Point Pictures will produce with Mark Gordon and his eponymous production company.
WME repped the sale.
This is the 110th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
UTA, the spec slingers of the West, have sold their third of the month. This time, it's Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani's thriller "From Here to Albion," and it has gone to Participant Media. The story centers on A tragic accident sets a chain of violence in motion in a coastal English town, leading a malevolent stranger to seek revenge on the perpetrators and the detective who covered it up.
UTA has surpassed 20 sales this year. The scribes are also repped by Benjamin Rowe at Oasis Media Group.
This is the 109th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details, if you'd like.
Warner Bros. has purchased Chris Wheeler's action-thriller "Nemesis." A man familiar with studio blockbusters, Akiva Goldsman, will produce through his Weed Road Pictures with Safehouse Pictures and Animal Logic.
It's nice to see Warners jumping into a market that has studios snatching specs up for a change.
This is the 108th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
Upcoming scribes Joe Burke & Kevin Oestenstad have set up "Stolen" with Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna's 1984 Private Defense Contractors shingle. A horror, the story revolves around a rural nightmare where a man must find his girlfriend, who steps out of a movie theater and never returns. The team has been making moves as of late. Burke had his film, "Four Dogs," hit the festival circuit this year, and Oestentad filmed a stunning short.
1984 most recently financed the Stallone/Schwarzenegger "Escape Plan" and has a Ryan Reynolds movie in the can, awaiting release.
APA repped the sale, climbing the ladder late in 2013.
This is the 107th spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, click the title above for more details.
Hutch Parker and his eponymous production company will produce "The Unseen," a spec horror script from John Travis, which sold to Fox. Hutch has a three-year deal at the studio, where he was an executive. The script was adapted from the short "Mr. Pettinger's Daemon."
APA and Industry's Ava Jamshidi rep the scribe.
This is the 106th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
Lotus Entertainment and principals Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel have picked up "Line of Duty," a spec script former NYPD officer Cory Miller. Described as "Macbeth" meets "The Departed," it will be produced by Luber Roklin's Matt Luber and Bryan Brucks, who brought the spec into Lotus with Adam Perry and Chris Ridenhour of APA.
This is the 105th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
Husband and wife team Brian Pittman & Rachel Long have sold their Bourne-like thriller "The Civilian" to Millennium for Mark Gill to produce. Quite the little shopping spree for Millennium, as this is their 4th spec purchase of 2013. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Christine Crow will executive produce.
The team has been keeping busy as of late, with their first spec, "Dawn Patrol," just about in the can. They're repped by UTA and manager Scott Carr, who had a hand in developing the spec.
This is the 104th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
"Bus 757," an action thriller from Stephen Sepher has sold to Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and will be fully financed by veteran moneymen Randall Emmett, George Furla and Alexander Tabrizi. The spec revolves around a bank robbery and hostage situation -- all too familiar of a space for Emmett/Furla.
This is the 103rd spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, click the title above for more details.
Update: we've learned that Steve is unrepped. Always awesome to see a writer sell his own spec.
Joseph and Jack Nasser have purchased Steve Hanulik's "Blood Ties," a heist thriller that Dennis Lee ("Jesus Henry Christ") will direct.
This is the 102nd spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
Writer/director Jonathan Levine ("50/50," "Warm Bodies") has set up his next film "Bad Romance" at MGM with Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin's production shingle, Iron Horse Entertainment. And if that wasn't exciting enough, the "Magic Mike" star is circling to star.
Details on the spec are being kept close to the chest. Levine is repped by CAA's Craig Gering.
This is the 101st spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
More like, unleash the awesomeness. Columbia has purchased Chris Parker's drama "Unleash the Mules" which officially puts us at 100 spec script sales in 2013.
A happy day indeed. Joe Roth and his eponymous production company will produce while DeVon Franklin oversees for the studio. Gersh and Circle of Confusion repped the sale.
No matter how many years you've been tracking the spec market, some sand always finds its way into your eye at 100.
Yep. It's the 100th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
David Chase's war veteran drama "Little Black Dress" has sold to Paramount. Fitting that it wears spec sale #99, as there's a consensus out there that David is "the great one" of television for his HBO masterpiece "The Sopranos."
UTA's Peter Benedek and Andrew Cannava brokered the deal. We'll fill you in on who's attached to produce once that info trickles in.
This is the 99th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
The 98th spec sale of 2013 doesn't belong to the Brooklyn Net's small forward, but Joe Johnson the thriller scribe. His script, "Don't Hang Up," described as a contained thriller in the vein of "Hard Candy," will be fully financed by Romaine Phillipe. Brooklyn Weaver, who repped the sale, will also produce with Altitude's Will Clarke.
Visual effects hotshots Alexis Wajsbrot ("Gravity," "Iron Man 3") and Damien Mace ("Avatar") will make their directorial debut.
This is the 98th spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, feel free to click the title above for more details.
Hello Giggles, the dominant production shingle spearheaded by Hollywood's girl next door Zooey Deschanel, has set up Sarah Heyward's (you guessed it) quirky romantic comedy "Sister-in-law" with Good Universe.
Deschanel, along with Rivka Rossi and Molly McAleer, continue to dominant the TV space, with multiple sales this season. But this is their first venture onto the big screen. Good Universe's Audrey Chon will oversee for Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane.
This is the 97th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
Newly revamped Paramount Insurge got their sea legs pretty quick. They've acquired "Fetch," an offbeat comedy from neophyte scribes Kristen Vincent & Tim Moran. Veteran writers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemac, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner will produce through their Space Floor banner.
WME and Mosaic repped the sale. Alison Small, who recently moved over from Paramount, will oversee the project.
This is the 96th spec script sale of 2013 overall, and ends the drought for powerhouse WME. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
Well, it's official. After generating solid buzz around town, Mike Le's post-apocalyptic spec, "Patient Z," has sold to Screen Gems. Le's reps, David Saunders of APA and manager Jonathan Hung, had Patient Z into over a dozen buyers (including 4 of the 6 majors) garnering extremely positive feedback before accepting an offer 6 days after it went out.
We haven't confirmed which producers took Patient Z into the mini-studio. At one point, we speculate six or more producers were gunning to set the project up, which only makes the project that more appealing. Vincent Newman (Legendary's upcoming "Paradise Lost") is producing.
Congrats, Mike Le. And did we mention how much we love October?
This is the 95th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
Distribution and financier company The Solution continues to add to their development slate. They have purchased "The Drop," an action thriller spec by English scribe Jeremy Drysdale. Skip Woods ("A Good Day To Die Hard") is set to direct.
The Solution will distribute the just-wrapped Black List/Hit List favorite Two Night Stand, as well as How to Make Love to an Englishman, which assembled quite the cast.
Jeremy is with manager Chris Tuffin of Sentient here in the US and Laura Rourke of Independent in the UK.
This is the 94th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
The sci-fi genre continues to solidify its #3 position over comedy, as Chris Gorak's spec script "Attach" created a bidding frenzy this week, with Paramount eventually landing the project. They're letting Gorak keep the keys and direct.
It's the 16th sci-fi spec to sell this year, and it has "Chroncile" producer Adam Schroeder behind it, who will take Gorak's film in a similiar direction.
This is the 93rd spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, you can click the title above for more details.
Make that four. Inon Shampanier's "The Strategist" has sold to Millennium Films. The thriller centers on a chess master CIA agent who must take down a dangerous dictator. Shampanier will be the man behind the camera as well. Mark Gill is producing with the rest of the company heads executive producing.
We think that about does it for today, but we won't hold our breath.
This is the 92nd spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
The third spec sale of the day goes to "Reminiscence" by Lisa Joy (USA's "Burn Notice," ABC's "Pushing Daisies"). Legendary Pictures has purchased her sci-fi thriller, appointing executive Alex Hedlund to oversee its development.
Joy is with UTA's Larry Salz.
This is shaping up to be the most action-packed Monday in quite some time.
It's the 91st spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
With its second big spec sale of the day, Verve has set up Christopher Cantwell and Christopher Rogers' untitled grounded action thriller with Media Rights Capital.
Wow. We're told it sold for high six figures. Blockbuster director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy," "Oblivion") hatched the idea and onboarded Cantwell & Rogers ("The Knoll," AMC's "Halt & Catch Fire") to write on spec. It's no surprise he's attached to direct. And it's another solid victory for the scribes: the team has made the Blacklist twice, and are currently in production on their AMC series that recently got ordered.
This is the 90th spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, click the title above for more details.
It's a picture perfect Monday for the spec market, writer Aaron Berg and his reps at Verve. His historical thriller spec, "Section 6," has sold to Universal for $1.2 million, and astronomical number that takes us back to booming spec market days of decades past.
"Section 6" ignited a bidding war that eventually sqaured Universal against Sony, who both offered progress-to-production clauses in their respective offers.
When a spec lights the town ablaze, we try to act like we've been there before (see: White House Down), but it's just hard not to get unprofessionally giddy.
Former studio exec Lawrence Grey was attached to produce early on, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel have come aboard under their overall deal with Universal.
This is the 89th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
The spec hungry monster has been fed again. Thunder Road's fifth spec script purchase of 2013, "White Rush," hails from neophyte scribe John Schramm. It's said to be a contained action thriller in the vein of Point Break (score). We must say, Basil Iwaynk's producing plate is getting pretty full.
Schramm's repped by Matt Martin at CAA and Brooklyn Weaver.
This is the 88th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
Screen Gems has purchased horror/thriller spec "The Unsacred" by Amanda Gusack for father/son team Alan and Peter Riche to produce. Scott Strauss will oversee for the studio.
It makes sense for studios to keep optioning low budget fright pics, as they continue to (for the most part) over perform at the box office.
This is the 87th spec script sale of 2013 overall, and Screen Gems' second. Click the title above for more details.
Ensemble comedy "The Ambassadors" from Tripper Clancy has been optioned by 20th Century Fox. French director Danny Boon is set to helm the project being produced by Nicky Weinstock ("Bridesmaids").
Tripper's repped by Emerson Davis and Jon Hudde at UTA, and Jake Wagner at Benderspink.
This is the 86th spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, feel free to click the title above for more details.
In September, Basil Iwanyk and his Thunder Road Pictures went on an original material shopping spree. They purchased a (you guessed it) sci-fi spec by Kurt Wimmer titled "Matthew 21," which he'll also direct. QED International is on board to co-finance.
While details are being kept close to the chest, we're told it revolves around the journey of the machine to become human. Right on.
This is Thunder Road's 4th spec purchase, and the 85th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
The second chapter in our favorite book, The Pitch that was a Spec: "Time Square," by Dan Mazeau ("Wrath of the Titans"). It's a sci-fi spec purchased by 20th Century Fox for Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps to produce with Jordan Kerner and his eponymous production company.
The CAA and Circle of Confusion repped scribe is busy on various studio OWAs, but this appears to be his first spec sale.
This is the 84th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
We're not making excuses, but, this happens quite a bit (and maybe again just above…): a pitch was actually a spec sale. Such is the case when, in late August, UTA and Mosaic repped funny woman Amy Schumer set up her Untitled Comedy at Universal with Judd Apatow and his Apatow Productions to produce.
Seems like a perfect marriage. This won't be Judd's first go attempting to turn an inherently hilarious actress/scribe into a blockbuster success. He'll be overseeing Amy's next pass at the script.
This is the 83rd spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
Here's a unique sale we forgot to clue you in on. Craig Rosenberg's sci-fi thriller spec "Panopticon," had been set up at Lionsgate in 2009, then GK Films, and now has found a home at Good Universe. Heavyweight Andrew Lazar will produce through his MadChance banner, and Tarsem Singh ("Immortals") is set to direct. It's always tough to see your project go through development hell, but a pat on the back to Rosenberg's reps at UTA for persisting a six year dog fight (Panopticon originally went out in 2007) to get this to the big screen. Hopefully the karma loop closes and this gets fast tracked into production.
This is the 82nd spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, feel free to click the title above for more details.
We've got a few more outlier specs that we didn't blog and (rudely) kept from you. Stay tuned.
"No Good Deed," a spec script by "Apt Pupil" scribe Brandon Boyce is Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment's second purchase of the day. This one's a thriller about a pair of young valets turned burglars who get themselves into quite the jam. And this time, Electric's Marc Roskin is set to direct, with himself, Devlin and Rachel Olschan producing.
Boyce is with ICM Partners' Doug MacLaren and Alex Lerner at Kaplan/Perrone.
This is 82nd spec script sale of 2013 overall. As always, feel free to click the title above for more details.
Dean Devlin ("Independence Day," "The Patriot") has purchased "Critical Hour" to direct and produce through his Electric Entertainment banner. The script, by Eric Tipton, follows a wounded hitman turned whistleblower on the lam, accompanied by two paramedics, with a cartel on their heels. Devlin's currently directing "Geostorm."
Electric partners Rachel Olschan and Marc Roskin are also producing.
Tipton is with Resolution and Haven Entertainment.
This is 81st spec script sale of 2013 overall. Feel free to click the title above for more details.
Voltage Pictures' Nic Chartier and Craig Flores have selected "Hyperbaric" as their next project. It's a contained thriller in the vein of "Training Day" and "Das Boot" by writing team Dominic Morgan & Matt Harvey. The duo, repped by APA's David Saunders and manager Brooklyn Weaver, had "Into Hell" in development at Bold Films with Eric Bana circling at one point.
This is the Saunders' 2nd, Weaver's 12th, and the 79th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
Basil Iwanyk has dipped into the discretionary funds of his Thunder Road Pictures to snag Taylor Sheridan's spec script "Sicario." Details on the project are pretty hush, but we're sure Basil and his VP of Development, Erica Lee, also producing, will look to partner up on it.
Sheridan's with the Hohman, Liev and Maybank at Gersh as well as Elevate's Jenny Wood and Alex Cole.
Thunder Road's purchase marks the 78th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
And just like that, summer's over. International sales agent The Exchange ("The Spectacular Now," "Magic Mike") has purchased Matt Savelloni's thriller "Into The Fire" for Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter to produce through Intrigue. Who can blame them for becoming more hands-on, with a track record like that? We're told it's in the vein of Schumacher's Bill Foster tale "Falling Down," which is enough to sign us up.
This is the 77th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
You writers out there are probably familiar with this piece of advice, but we'll give it anyway: take notes. Specifically, take note of Erik Linthorst ("High School"), an unrepped writer who sold his spec, "Come As You Are," to Ted Field ("Spring Breakers") and his Radar Pictures. You may be familiar with the source material - a 2011 Belgian film of the same name, also titled Hasta La Vista! - which Linthorst chose to adapt on spec.
Seriously, a Spec Scout congrats to Erik. Here's to fortune continuing to favor the bold.
This is the 76th spec script sale of 2013 overall. You can click the title above for more details.
It's been a quiet ten days for the spec market. Thank you CBS Films for breaking the silence. They've purchased Adam Giersach & Jace Anderson's "Split," a female two-handed thriller with supernatural elements. CBS Films isn't known for dipping too deep into the spec market well, but they've tied 2011, their biggest year (and have already surpassed 2012's number, zero).
The pair recently wrote Schism, a thriller staring Callum Blue which Gierasch is directing. They're with Gersh's Lee Keele and Mike De Trana.
This is the 75th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above for more details.
CBS Films will try to turn a collection of risqué, unadulterated love letters into its next movie. They've purchased "Other People's Love Letters," a spec script by Bethany Ashton Wolf, based on the book of the same name, for Tom Bezucha ("The Family Stone") to direct. Laurence Mark will produce with Jonathan Shukat. Wolf's with APA's Debbie Deuble and Sheryl Peterson, as well as Magnet's Zach Tann.
Bezucha's known for churning out heart-wrenchers, and CBS Films executives Mark Ross and Winnie Kemp are crossing their fingers that "Love Letters" is his next.
This is the 74th spec script sale of 2013 overall. We invite you to click the title above for more details.
Hot scribe Arash Amel ("Grace of Monaco") has sold his third spec, "Soldiers of the Sun," to Universal Pictures for Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce along side Vin Diesel and producing partner Samantha Vincent. This is Universal's first sci-fi spec purchase of the year, which continues to be the hot genre around town. Coincidentally the same genre Amel broke out in with The Infinity Principle, as well as Vin Diesel's next flick, Riddick.
It's the 73rd spec script sale of 2013 overall. Be sure to click the title above for more details.
Nathaniel Halpern's Rose has been acquired by Focus Features for Robert Zemeckis to produce through his ImageMovers banner. We're told it's a thriller that centers on a woman who, after volunteering to physically become another woman, loses her sense of identity and covets the other woman's life. Jack Rapke will also produce for ImageMovers, and Christopher Kopp will oversee for Focus.
This is the 72nd spec script sale of 2013 overall, and be sure to click the title above for more details.
Lotus has teamed up with Mark Sourian's Sourian Productions to acquire Joseph Sousa's "Man of War." It's an action thriller surrounding a navy SEAL that Sourian will produce with Lotus' Bill Johnson, Jim Seidel, Ara Keshishian, and DJ Gugenheim executive producing. Since leaving Dreamworks, this is Sourian's second spec purchase, who continues to scoop material off the market with his own funds.
This is the 71st spec script sale of 2013 overall, and be sure to click the title above for more details.
Chad & Carey W. Hayes ("The Conjuring") have set up their follow up film, "The Feud," with Mike Karz and Bill Bindley's Warner Bros. based shingle Gulfstream Pictures. Fitting, as the action thriller, revolving around fighting Hong Kong families, was purchased by a company plush with Asian equity. Circle of Confusion will produce as well.
Another WME sale, and it's the 70th spec script sale of 2013 overall.
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Thirsty Millennium Filmshas acquired Kerry Williamson's aqua action packed spec "South China Sea" for Andrew Gunn. He'll do so through his Gunn Films. Gersh repped Williamson's spec was previously set up at Disney. A cozy new home, inside the company that comfortably loads a dozen A-list action stars into single films.
This is the 69th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above to see the project's details.
David Lancaster has purchased "Children of the Gun" by Will Dunn to produce through his Bold Films. The spec went for low against mid six figures, earning a future unlike the desolate one the script depicts. This keeps WME's Mike Esola in the lead with six specs sold this year, and it is the 68th spec script sale of 2013 overall.
This one's being reported a bit late, but we didn't want the WME lit department thinking we were shaving the numbers.
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Sean Wathen's "Riverside" has been picked up by multimedia production and distribution company RadioactiveGiant. They're not shy about their stature. The upstart media company has it's hands in direct-to-consumer distribution, as well as domestic and foreign theatrical releases. Wathen's with Jeff Ross.
As far as we know, this is RadioactiveGiant's first, formal spec purchase, and it's the 67th spec script sale of 2013 overall.
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Purdue film teacher Jason Doty has sold his first spec "Deprivation" to Focus Features for Process Media's Tim Perell to produce -- a valuable bit of info to know if you're sitting in his lecture. You might want to pay attention.
The high concept thriller is Focus Feature's first spec purchase of the year, and let's hope others follow suit as the summer heats up.
It's the 66th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title, above, or the permalink, below, to see the project's details.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is to thank for baby agency Resolution's third spec script sale of the year. It's a thriller by Gregg Hurwitz called "Legacy," and Double Nickel ("Gran Torino") will be producing. The sale was announced a couple of weeks ago while we were in summer vacation mode.
This is 2013's 65th spec sale overall, and the first we've tracked for SKE since last year. Click the title above to see the project's details.
Heist thriller "The Driver," by George Richards, is the first spec script acquisition we've tracked for Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films. The year-old indie financier/production company just wrapped its first feature, "Sacrifice," starring Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters. Richards is with Magnet's Jennie Frankel Frisbie. Deadline announced the project in June, but it slipped past us because it wasn't clear it was a spec (we're assured it was).
We're calling this is the 64th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title above to see the project's details.
New Line has started flexing some muscle a bit in the wake of Jeff Robinov's departure from Warner Bros. last month. The studio bought its first spec script of the year for Shawn Levy's 21 Laps to produce. It's an action comedy (naturally) called "The Lost" and it's by TJ Fixman ("Ratchet & Clank"), whose 2011 Hit List screenplay "One Night On The Hudson" got a big boost a couple of months ago when Universal bought it for Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis to star for director Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief"). Fixman recently announced on his blog that he was quitting his day job as a videogame writer at Insomniac Games to focus on screenwriting (probably a safe move).
This is the 63rd spec spec sale of 2013 overall. Click the title, above, to see the project's details.
This one stayed on the DL until BCDF Pictures went on a 4-script buying spree last month and someone tipped us off about a 5th. Back in March(-ish), the indie financier/production company bought the 2011 Nicholl semi-finalist sci-fi spec, "Maggie's Dawn," by Blaine Tyler.
Tyler was unrepped at the time of sale and as of a few weeks ago when we first heard about this sale, but we're guessing he won't be for long.
Even though it happened in March, as far as we're concerned this is the 62nd spec script sale of 2013 overall. Click the title, above, to see the project's details.
Mea culpa: This one slipped by us mid-month last month, but made it on to the last two spec script-related Scoggins Reports and we're catching up with it here, too.
Sony's Screen Gems label snagged Amelie Gillette's spec teen comedy, "Catfight" for the buyer's favorite in-house shop, Olive Bridge Entertainment and its head chef Will Gluck. Comedic writer/producer team Brian Gatewood & Alex Tanaka will executive produce.
We're calling this the 61st spec script sale of 2013 overall; it's the first pick up of the year for the studio, which typically develops from within. Click the title, above, to see the project's details.
Back on July 8, Good Universe has picked up writer/director Spenser Cohen's sci-fi spec script, "Extinction," for Mandeville Films to produce. Cohen's repped by Solco Schuit at WME and Brooklyn Weaver at Energy.
This is the 60th spec script sale of 2013 overall and #11 for Weaver, two more than his 2012 total. Click the title, above, to see the project's details.
Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road has purchased its second spec script so far this year. It's a "contemporary crime story" according to Deadline (we're tagging it as a Thriller) by Alessandro Camon and Michael Wilson titled "No Quarter." Michael De Luca will produce with Iwanyk. Camon wrote 2009's "The Messenger" with director Oren Moverman.
This is the 59th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
Brooklyn Weaver just became the first manager to break into double digit spec sales in 2013.
Fox preemptively picked up first-timer Daniel Turkewitz's sci-fi thriller, "Tranquility Base," for Scott Free to produce. This is the studio's second spec purchase of the year (both were sci-fi scripts), the 10th for Energy and the 58th of 2013 overall. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
The past three weeks have been the hottest in the spec market all year -- 13 spec script sales have been announced since May 30, and we hear there'll be another before the weekend.
The fourth screenplay sale this week -- and the second to be announced today -- went to Millennium Films: Doug Cook & David Weisberg's action thriller, "Criminal." This is the first spec of the year for Millennium (they bought 7 in 2012), the 2nd for Resolution, 6th for Benderspink, and the 57th of 2013 overall. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
One more and Brooklyn Weaver will be into double digits…and it's not even July yet.
IM Global's Automatik division has purchased Rob Yescombe's sci-fi military action thriller spec script, "Outside The Wire." This is the first spec script sale for Yescombe, the 9th in 2013 for Weaver and the 56th of 2013 overall. Yescombe is a top videogame writer/designer.
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This would have been 2013 Spec Script #53, but we totally dropped the ball on posting this when we heard it late last Friday: The Solution picked up Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken's action comedy spec "Hostile Engagement" for Energy Entertainment's Brooklyn Weaver and Madhouse Entertainment's Adam Kolbrenner to produce. UTA and the two management companies took the script to market in April.
We're calling this the 55th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
Believe it or not, the company that's bought the most spec scripts so far this year hadn't bought a single spec previously. As in, ever. It's BCDF Pictures, financier of "Higher Ground" and "Liberal Arts," which just picked up its fourth spec of 2013 (its fourth in June 2013, for that matter): Matteson Perry's action comedy, "Cops and Robots."
This is the 54th spec script sale of 2013 overall. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
We've been waiting several weeks to be able to post this one.
Lotus Entertainment announced late yesterday that it bought Hernany Perla's supernatural thriller spec, "Revelation," for Circle of Confusion to produce. The project originally went to market in April under the title "Lord of Light" and got set up relatively quickly, but we heard Lotus was waiting to announce the sale until after Cannes.
This is the 53rd spec script sale of 2013. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
Just in time for Chri...er, the 4th of July, Ocean Blue Entertainment has bought Matt Lieberman's holiday action comedy spec, "12/24," for Chris Columbus to produce through his 1492 Pictures. The project originally went to market in December last year with "Safe House" scribe David Guggenheim aboard to produce with Madhouse's Adam Kolbrenner.
This is the first spec purchase we've tracked for Ocean Blue, and the 52nd spec script sale of 2013 overall. Cick the title, above, to see the project's details.
This is the second of two Ryan Binaco scripts picked up by BCDF Pictures, as announced in the trades today. It's the 3rd of three specs bought this month by the company (the other was "Young Agatha") and the 51st spec script sale of the year.
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This is the first of two Ryan Binaco scripts picked up by BCDF Pictures, as announced in the trades today. It's the 2nd of three specs bought this month by the company (the other was "Young Agatha") and the 50th spec script sale of the year.
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2013 spec script sale #49 was quite a little package: Universal bought its 3rd spec of the year, the action comedy "Don't Mess With Texas," by John Quaintance & David Feeney, for Reese Witherspoon to produce with Bruno Papandrea under their Pacific Standard banner with Dana Fox. Witherspoon will star with Sofia Vergara.
Deadline reported the sale this afternoon, noting the studio is pushing for a March 2014 start date. Click the title, above, for additional project details.
One more Agatha Christie project and we'll have a trend!
Hudson Valley, New York-based production company BCDF Pictures ("Liberal Arts," "Bachelorette") has picked up period drama spec script "Young Agatha," by Jamie Dawson. This is the first spec purchase we've tracked for BCDF, and the 48th spec sale overall so far in 2013. Click the title, above, for the details.
In March, Paramount bought Allison Schroeder's same-but-different spec "Agatha," a semi-fictitious tale focusing on a later portion of Christie's life, for Will Gluck to direct and Mary Parent to produce.
Three spec sales announced in 24 hours is as good a way to end the week as we can think of. (Okay, fine, we can think of a couple of other excellent ways, but still…)
Variety reported this morning that Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions has snapped up horror thriller spec "Visions," by Lucas Sussman. "Saw 3D" helmer Kevin Greutert is attached to direct, and production is already being scheduled to start this Fall.
This is the first spec purchase we've tracked for Blumhouse, the 9th spec script sale in May, and the 47th overall in 2013. You can click the title, above, to see the project's details.
You know things are weird in the spec market when the biggest buyers are Lionsgate and Relativity. Because that's where things stand as of now: Deadline reported this morning that Relativity has picked up romantic dramedy spec "Jump," by John Scott Shepherd.
This is Relativity's third spec purchase of the year, which ties first-place Lionsgate, and marks the 46th spec script sale overall in 2013. You can click the title, above, to see project details.
Deadline reported this afternoon that Warner Bros. has picked up action spec script, "The Asterisk," by rising star scribes Jordan Goldberg & Alex Paraskevas, whose script "The Gun Eaters" made the 2011 Black List and Hit List and sold to Paramount a few months later in 2012.
This is the 45th spec script sale of 2013, and just the second spec purchase for Warner Bros. so far this year, after being one of the top studio buyers for each of the past four years. Click on the title, above, to see the project's details.
Yesterday, Universal Pictures became just the third studio to buy more than one spec script so far in 2013 by picking up the dark comedy spec, "Little Evil," by writer/director Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), who is attached to direct this as well. Scott Stuber will produce through his Bluegrass Films. The price tag was in the low seven figures, according to THR's Heat Vision blog.
This is the 44th spec script sale of 2013, and the second for Universal, which bought 9 in 2012. Click on the title, above, to see additional project's details.
At first glance, Variety's announcement last week that Mike Le's supernatural thriller, "Dark Summer," had attached a director slipped passed us, since it didn't seem to involve a spec sale. It did, though, and a cool one, since the project is being fast tracked to production later this year.
This marks the 43rd spec script sale of 2013.
Devoted Deadline readers will have seen the announcement of the Atlas Independent / Relativity International / Timothy Olyphant project, "The Man on Carrion Road," last Friday afternoon, but what that story didn't mention is that the thriller was written on spec by talented newcomer Nils Lyew.
Atlas had the inside track on the project and picked it up preemptively last Fall in conjunction with Relativity. The production team has been hard at work packaging it up, and Friday's announcement says they'll be going into production in August in Medellin, Colombia with Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego at the helm.
This is the 42nd spec script sale of 2013.
This one's not quite as timely, but we can't let a spec sale go uncounted. As Deadline reported at the beginning of February, Voltage picked up Daniel Kay's revenge thriller, "I.T.," which originally went to market in February 2012 with David Friendly attached to produce.
If I'd caught this one when it was announced, it would have been 2013 spec script sale #8. Better late than never, I suppose; as it stands, it's #41.
Barcelona-based production company Nostromo Pictures joins the growing ranks of 2013's non-studio spec script buyers. Adrian Guerra's production company has picked up supernatural horror spec "Party Girl," by Vikram Weet. Guerra will produce.
This marks the 40th spec script sale of 2013 and the first we've tracked for Guerra since his Versus Entertainment bought Damien Chazelle's "Grand Piano" in 2011.
Let's hear it for the non-studio buyers, who are picking up the slack for the studios in the spec market. Here's the second one we've posted today: 1821 Pictures ("Jane Got A Gun") has picked up "Cornered," a thriller spec by Richard Bobbie & Andy Fraser, which WME and Manus Entertainment took out in 2012. This is the 39th spec script sale of 2013, and the first we've tracked for 1821. Click the title, above, to see the project's details.
The big question with this one is undoubtedly going to be...who plays Mr. Rogers? Deadline reported yesterday that Treehouse Pictures ("Arbitrage") has picked up the drama spec "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood," a biopic by Alexis Jolly based on the life of beloved children's TV icon Fred "Mr." Rogers.
This is the 38th spec script sale of 2013, and the first we've tracked for 1821, which bought an untitled Jake Sheier/Chris Ford pitch in March. Click the title, above, for the details.
If you liked Ian Shorr’s “Cristo,” which made the 2011 Black List and Hit List, you’ll dig this one. Deadline reported this afternoon that Fox has picked up Shorr’s latest sci-fi spec, “Capsule,” for Hutch Parker to produce through his eponymous production company along with John Zaozirny. This is Fox’s first spec of the year, believe it or not, and marks the 15th spec script sale this month, not to mention the 37th of 2013.
This one’s a bit of a correction: Back in mid-February, THR reported that Paramount Insurge had picked up “Equinox,” a sci-fi pitch by Adam Mason & Simon Boyes. Turns out it wasn’t a pitch, it was a spec.
It would have been 2013 spec script sale #10 if I’d known at the time, and I’ll update the next Spec Market Scorecard to show the sale happening in February, but for the purposes of the blog I’m commemorating it today as the 36th spec sale of the year.
Voltage has picked up its 2nd spec of 2013, the 35th spec script sale so far this year. As reported on Deadline this afternoon, it’s “Home Invasion,” a thriller by Joseph Dembner, and it’s got quite the backstory. Details are on SpecScout.com, naturally - click the title, above.
Lionsgate continues to set a shining example for the major studios: The company has just picked up its third spec of the year – Mark Hammer’s horror comedy spec “You’ll Be The Death of Me,” for Mandeville to produce. This marks the 34th spec script sale of 2013.
The writer’s previous spec, “Two Night Stand,” made the 2011 Black List and Hit List, received a very high Spec Scout Score (82.7), got set up at Demarest Films in September last year and is already in post-production.
Details on this project are, of course, on SpecScout.com.
Today’s apparently the day for spec sale announcements: Variety’s Dave McNary reports that indie financier Aldamisa has picked up the 2012 Black List script “Americatown,” by Ben Poole. This is the 33rd spec script sale of 2013, and the second for the financier so far this year.
As Variety reported on Friday, Matt Moore’s new production company, Mammo Media, has launched by picking up an action thriller spec: “Black Friday,” by John Sullivan. This is the 32nd spec script sale of 2013, and the third announced so far by Sullivan’s management company, Benderspink. (I’m hearing another handful of announcements are in the offing.) Congrats to all.
I’ve been so focused on testing the new version of Spec Scout this week that I neglected to post the latest spec script sale on Tuesday when Deadline reported it: New York-based Wayfare Entertainment (“Sanctum”) pre-emptively bought the political thriller spec, “Inquest,” by “Sam Cohen.” The writer’s name is in quotes because it’s the pseudonym, according to Deadline and others, of former studio and production executive-turned screenwriter Josh Simon. It’s the first spec purchase I’ve noted for Wayfare, and the 31st spec sale of the 2013.
Fox 2000 has picked up Peter Dowling's thriller spec, "Highrise," for Jon Shestack to produce through his eponymous production company. This is the 30th spec script sale of 2013, and the first for Fox 2000 since January 2012.
The spec sales just won't stop today: Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has purchased "The Bermuda Triangle," an action piece by Daniel Kunka. This is the 29th spec script sale of 2013, and the first spec purchase for Warner Bros. in about six months (since October 2012). Kunka's last spec sale was "agent ox." [sic], which sold to Columbia Pictures in 2011 for Original Film to produce and made Tracking-Board.com's Hit List later that year.
The 28th spec script sale of 2013 is Justin Adler's romantic comedy, House Arrest, which Deadline reports has sold to Relativity Media. Adler has a long credit list in TV (including one of Jason's favorite shows, the late and lamented "Better Off Ted"); his last spec sale was "The Escort," which sold to Dreamworks in February 2010 and made the Black List later that year. This is Relativity's first spec purchase in over a year, since February 2012.
Another 2012 Blood List and Black List script makes good: Shut In, the horror thriller spec script by TJ Cimfel & David White, is the 27th spec script sale of 2013. Ombra Films was attached to produce when the script originally went out last year but is no longer involved. Indie financier RadioactiveGiant now plans to push this forward quickly, aiming for a Fall 2013 start in Mississippi.
We think this marks the first spec sale for recently minted agency Resolution, and it's the 26th of 2013: CBS Films has picked up Omega Point, by writer/director Cameron Alexander, which went out at the beginning of March.
2012 Black List script Don’t Make Me Go, by Vera Herbert, is the 25th spec script sale of 2013. The project was picked up by go-to indie production and financing company Big Beach Films.
Nothing succeeds like success. Brooklyn Weaver continues to run the table over at his Energy Entertainment: He's set up his seventh spec of the year, and the 24th of 2013 overall. This one is Broken Cove, by Declan O'Dwyer, who's based in Ireland and was discovered via the Black List 2.0 website. I'm told this marks the Black List's first international sign and sale. Congrats all around.
The Exchange (through its newly minted film fund, Exchange Peaks, announced in January) has made the 23rd spec script purchase of the year: Camden, by Lucas Carter. The script went out at the beginning of February.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dimension Films has preemptively purchased the 22nd spec script of 2013: Ink and Bone, a horror thriller by Zak Olkewicz. The writer’s 2012 supernatural revenge script, “Marked,” which made Tracking-Board.com’s Hit List and garnered a high Spec Scout score (72.9), is
still available in development at Chernin Entertainment.
The 21st spec sale of 2013 (and the 10th so far this month) is “Eden,” by Olatunde Osunsanmi, which was picked up by Gold Circle yesterday. The writer/director is attached to direct this piece as well.
This one slipped through the cracks last week, so it may actually have been the 19th spec sale of the year. Regardless, Variety reported last week that Mark Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment bought what I’m calling the 20th spec of the year: ”Caught In The Act,” by Steve Klayman.
Jay Eden’s thriller spec script, “Incinerator,” was purchased on Friday by Boies/Schiller Film Group. This is the 19th spec sale of 2013 and the first for Boies/Schiller, the film finance company founded in 2012 that arranged financing for the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, “The Tomb.”
Brooklyn Weaver had a good week — he closed a deal on Bruce Guido’s contained sci-fi thriller “Orbit” a few days ago (I was waiting to mention it until I’d heard the deal was closed), and tonight he and WME’s Mike Esola set up the 18th spec script of 2013: All The Good Ones Get Away, by Elliot San. I’ve heard the deal was pretty aggressive.
And the 17th spec script sale of 2013 goes to…Amazon Studios. It’s Orbit, by Bruce Guido, which went out in January and got set up a couple of days ago. I’m hearing the producer deals are closed now as well.
Universal Pictures has stepped up to buy its first spec script of the year: The 16th spec sale of 2013 is One Night on the Hudson, by TJ Fixman, which originally went out in June 2011 and made Tracking-Board.com’s Hit List that year. Director, producer and star attachment details are in the Spec Scout record.
The 15th spec script sale of 2013 is…Pay The Ghost, by Dan Kay, which has been picked up by Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures. Kay’s 2012 script, “I.T.,” made Tracking-Board.com’s Hit List last year.
I’m pretty sure this is the first sale of an available 2012 Black List spec script so far this year: I’m hearing Aldamisa Entertainment has picked up Murder City, by Will Simmons. This is the 14th spec sale of 2013, and the third for Simmons’ manager, Brooklyn Weaver.
This has been the busiest day for the spec market so far in 2013. In addition to 4 new screenplays hitting the market so far today, Deadline reports that Paramount has picked up the 13th spec script of the year: Agatha, by Allison Schroeder.
News hit the tracking boards this morning that Sierra/Affinity has made the 12th spec script purchase of 2013: Mecha, by Ben Magid.
Deadline reported yesterday that Working Title Films has purchased “Dunkirk,” a WWII drama spec written by Gavin Scott. This is the first spec purchase we’ve ever tracked for Working Title.
QED has picked up its first spec of 2013: David Ayer’s World War II script, “Fury.” The project reunites the writer/director/producer with John Lesher, who produced his “End of Watch” and will do the same on “Fury.” Deadline reported the sale price as $1 million. QED financed Ayers’ latest, “Ten.”
Congratulations to @JohnSwetnam, Benderspink’s @JakeWagnerLA and Paradigm’s David Boxerbaum on setting up the latest Swetnam joint at Lionsgate. This is the second Lionsgate spec purchase in two weeks; both were repped by Paradigm.
Zero Gravity’s Jeff Belkin’s having a good 2013 already: Deadline reports that he and Paradigm’s Ida Ziniti just set up “Endangered,” by Ryan Belenzon & Jeffrey Gelber, at Lionsgate with Alli Shearmur producing. Script originally went out in November 2012 and is said to be a follow up to the writers’ 2011 spec, “X,” which was a 2011 Nicholl finalist.
It sounds like a vampire movie but it's not: Sentinel Pictures has purchased Christian Parkes' thriller spec, "Blood Drive." This is the 7th spec script sale of 2013. Sentinel's Adam Brawer and David Beitchman will produce.
Spenser Cohen's ("High Value Target") sci-fi thriller spec, "Pantheon," has been purchased by Solipsist Film. Solipsist’s Stephen L'Hereaux will produce with Cohen’s producing partner Anna Halberg. This marks the 6th spec script sale of 2013.
Incognito Pictures has purchased "Surrounded," a spec Western by Andrew Pagana & Justin Thomas. The script originally went out in 2012 and becomes the 5th spec script sale of 2013. Industry’s Andrew Deane and Michael Botti will produce with Patrick Aiello and Incognito's Jack Selby and Scott Stone.
Disney picked up White House horror comedy spec "The Residence," by "Lockdown at Franklin High" writer Joe Ballarini, today for Jerry Bruckheimer to produce. This is the 4th spec script sale of 2013.
Ray Wright (“The Crazies”) has made the third spec script sale of 2013: His thriller, "The Widow," was just picked up by Vendome. The indie financier's Philippe Rousselet will produce with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Alix Madigan. Guy Stodel and Sarah Schweitzman will oversee for Vendome.
Now this is something you don't see every day in the spec market: The 2nd spec script sale of 2013 is "Ben-Hur," Keith Clarke's adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, which is in the public domain and has been the basis for several films, including the iconic 1959 Charlton Heston version. MGM picked it up for Sean Daniel Co.'s Sean Daniel to produce with Joni Levin. Clarke will executive produce as well, with SDC’s Jason Brown.
The first spec script sale of 2013 is the Untitled Paul Guyot/Dean Devlin Disaster Project," by Guyot and Devlin (natch), which was snapped up by David Ellison's Skydance. Skydance’s Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce with Devlin and his Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
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