The Black List 2017 Screenplays: Post-WWII Tale ‘Ruin’ Tops Rankings
UPDATED with full list, full rankings to follow: This year's The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood's top screenplays that haven't been produced, has been revealed this morning. Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s script Ruin received the most votes this year for their story of a nameless ex-Nazi captain who must navigate the ruins of post-World War II Germany and atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS… Read
Matthew Quick To Adapt His ‘Sorta Like A Rock Star’ Novel Into Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Quick has been set to adapt Sorta Like A Rock Star, his 2010 young adult novel that is now near a deal to be set up at Netflix as the feature film directing debut for Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is being produced by Gotham Group's Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Temple Hill.
Fox Searchlight originally acquired screen rights in 2013 to Rock Star. Its protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a… Read
Medical Marijuana Heist Spec ‘Green Rush’ Lands At New Republic In Brian Oliver & Will Packer Team-Up
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Oliver, the Oscar-nominated producer of Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, is teaming with Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer on Green Rush, a spec screenplay from Matt Tente that Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired in a mid-six-figure preemptive deal.
The script made the rounds at studios late Friday and New Republic responded quickly to a rights battle that involved Will Packer Productions and others. Oliver and Packer… Read
Sci-Fi Thriller Spec ‘Envoy’ Sells To Pascal Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal and her Pascal Pictures pre-emptively picked up the sci-fi thriller spec Envoy from screenwriter Kat Wood. The character-driven piece is said to be in the vein of Arrival and The Day The Earth Stood Still and is about an elite military intelligence specialist who jumps at the chance to take part in the selection process to become the first-ever human representative to alien life. The project was brought into Pascal Pictures by Eric Fineman.
This adds… Read
New Regency Lands ‘The Skies Belong To Us’ Based On Story Of Historic Hijacking
EXCLUSIVE: What a great get. New Regency has just acquired The Skies Belong To Us, an adapted screenplay from Michelle Ashford (Master of Sex). The film project, based on the book The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner, is about an Army veteran named Roger Holder and girlfriend Cathy Kerkow hijacking a Western Airlines Flight in a protest against the war in Vietnam. Through a series of events, they fled across an ocean… Read
Amblin Entertainment Acquires Tom Hanks Sci-Fi Package ‘Bios’
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Entertainment has acquired the spec package Bios with Tom Hanks starring and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) directing. The project would be distributed through Universal. Amblin won the highly competitive bidding war this AM we’re told. Another aggressive bidder was Legendary Entertainment.
Writers are Craig Luck and Ivor Powell. The story is about a robot on an a post-apocalyptic Earth who was programmed to protect his creator’s dog. Through that… Read
‘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