‘Heart Of The Beast’ Acquired By ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg
EXCLUSIVE: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, one of the producers of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation as well as Sundance favorite Patti Cake$, has picked up the spec Heart of the Beast from writer Cameron Alexander after a competitive bidding situation. Lundberg will produce the dramatic thriller through her New York-based company Stay Gold Features.
Heart of the Beast is about a former Navy SEAL and his retired combat dog who attempt to return to civilization after… Read
‘Dorothy & Alice’ Acquired By Netflix For ‘I, Tonya’ Producer
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix just scooped up the spec Dorothy & Alice in a hotly competitive bidding situation with a number of producers who were after it for its franchise potential. The project was picked up for producer Bryan Unkeless at Clubhouse Pics who is on a roll right now with the critically acclaimed I, Tonya. Written by Justin Merz, Dorothy & Alice is the fantastical friendship between two iconic figures from literature. Which makes sense as Merz is an English teacher… Read
Tucker Tooley Ent., Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson Welcomes ‘Homecoming’ From Justin Hires
EXCLUSIVE: Tucker Tooley Entertainment has picked up the comedic script Homecoming from actor-comedian Justin Hires (CBS’ MacGyver). The company will produce the project with rapper-entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, marking the second collaboration between the two after Den of Thieves. Hires will also play one of the leads in the film.
The story follows three friends in their senior year at a historically African-American college who plan to celebrate their final… Read
Vadhir Derbez Starring Vehicle ‘The Perfect Dress’ Acquired By Sony Pictures Int’l Prods.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures International Productions is sealing a deal to buy The Perfect Dress, a romantic comedy pitch from writer Ed Horowitz, as a vehicle for Mexican-American heartthrob Vadhir Derbez with Pitipol Ybarra attached to direct. Derbez is the twentysomething son of Spanishlanguage megastar Eugenio Derbez. The younger Derbez has been on a roll the past year, from appearing in his father’s comedy How to Be a Latin Lover to starring in 3 Idiots, the… Read
‘A Country Of Strangers,’ Black List Script To Be Produced By Phoenix Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: It was one of the hottest scripts on the Black List a few years ago based on one of the most intriguing crimes in Australia over the last 50 years, and it just found a home with Phoenix Pictures Chairman/CEO Mike Medavoy. The company will produce A Country of Strangers from screenwriter Sean Armstrong about detective Geoff Harper's 40-year investigation into the disappearance of three small children from an Australian beach.
In January 1966, three children… Read
Chloe Castellón & Ridgeway Wilson Set To Adapt Universal’s ‘City Of Saints & Thieves’, Melina Matsoukas Directing
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has tapped scribes Chloe Castellón and Ridgeway Wilson to adapt the screenplay for the upcoming film City of Saints & Thieves, based on Natalie C. Anderson’s debut novel. Insecure‘s chief director and exec producer Melina Matsoukas is officially attached to direct the feature, which has Will Packer's Will Packer Productions and Kerry Washington's Simpson Street on board as producers.
The story centers on the protagonist Tina, a girl who has… Read
‘The Billion Dollar Heist’ Movie Plotted By Endurance Media
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Richards’ Endurance Media, the finance and production outfit whose current pic Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House just had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, is setting up its next project. It has come on to package and finance The Billion Dollar Heist, an action thriller penned by Chris Frazier and Charlie Frazier based on a concept by Nico Mastorakis. Endurance is out to directors now, and the plan is to get the pic into… Read
Sony Snags Horror Thriller Spec ‘Nightlight’ From ‘Tragedy Girls’ Duo
UPDATED with more details: Tyler MacIntyre and Chris Hill have sold their original spec script Nightlight, which is being described as a contained horror thriller, to Sony’s Columbia Pictures. MacIntyre, who directed the SXSW horror comedy Tragedy Girls which he also co-wrote with Hill, is in line to direct. We’re hearing the deal was struck in a competitive situation.
The project was brought in by Vincent Gatewood at Unique Features who will produce with Bob Shaye and… Read
Lionsgate Lands ‘Big Five’ Pitch By Jason Pagan & Andrew Deutschman
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has acquired Big Five, a pitch by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman that will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The scribes are best known for writing Almanac for Paramount and Unexplained Phenomenon at Amblin and The Picture Company.
The story centers on a large-scale mission to the heart of Africa where a secret project is underway involving endangered species and artificial intelligence. Big Five is based on an unpublished… Read
Screen Gems Lands Bodycam Cop Thriller Spec
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has acquired the Peter A. Dowling action spec script that went around town under the title Exposure. The film, which will be retitled, seems timely and provocative: A rookie African-American female cop in Detroit rounds the corner just as corrupt officers are murdering several drug dealers, an event captured by her body cam. They try to kill her, and she is hunted throughout the night by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating… Read
Uni Lands Evan Spiliotopoulos Genghis Khan Tomb Hunt Script, Dwayne Johnson Exec Producer
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired an untitled contemporary action adventure script about the hunt for Genghis Khan’s mysterious tomb. Studio bought a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who co-wrote the live action Beauty And The Beast, as well as The Huntsman: Winter’s War. ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine will produce along with Seven Bucks Productions production president Hiram Garcia. Seven Bucks’ Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia will be exec producers with… Read
WGA Call For Submissions For Best Feature Doc Screenplays
The WGA just announced that the submission period is now open for the 2018 WGA Documentary Screenplay Award which will honor outstanding achievement in documentary feature writing. Submissions will be accepted today through Nov. 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM.
WGA Documentary Screenplay nominees, as well as Original and Adapted Screenplay nominees, will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The 2018 70th Annual WGA Awards will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, Feb… Read