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
Paramount Buys Joe Epstein Script For Darren Aronofsky
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has acquired an untitled script by Joe Epstein as a potential Darren Aronofsky directing project. It will be produced by Aronofsky’s Paramount-based Protozoa label. Details are scant, but its focus is on an A.I. courtroom case.
On October 13 the studio releases Mother!, the Aronofsky-directed and -scripted drama that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeifer and Domhnall and Brian Gleeson.
Will tell you more when I know… Read
Miramax Pre-Empts Action Comedy Spec ‘The Armstrongs’ For A Big $1M
EXCLUSIVE: Miramax has pre-emptively picked up the action comedy script The Armstrongs, the first major spec and first major deal brought into the company since it went through major executive changes earlier this year. The Armstrongs is said to be in the vein of Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets Taken and explores the premise, what would happen if characters like Mr. and Mrs. Smith were divorced and then had to come together and work a gig?
The project was brought in by new… Read
Voltage, Prime Universe Buy Bryan Edward Hill Horror Spec Script
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures and Prime Universe Films have made a pre-emptive acquisition of an untitled supernatural/horror spec by Bryan Edward Hill that is likened to Se7en, with a female protagonist.
Voltage will finance the film, with Nicolas Chartier and Ara Keshishian set to produce with Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh. Giulio Marantonio also is on board to produce. Hill will be exec producer. Voltage and Prime Universe will be going out to directors imminently and… Read
Focus Buys Political Drama Pitch From ‘Novitiate’ Helmer Maggie Betts
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has bought an untitled original pitch for a contemporary political drama from Maggie Betts, who’ll co-write the script with Andy Bellin. Betts will direct it. Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Pictures will produce. Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie for Focus.
Betts wrote and directed Novitiate, the Maven Pictures-produced film that won her the Breakthrough Director Award when it premiered at Sundance. Sony Pictures Classics bought it… Read
‘The Steward’ From ‘John Wick’ Screenwriter Sells As Pitch To Cristal Pictures
Cristal Pictures has acquired an original pitch entitled The Steward from John Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad. Cristal, of course, is fully backed by China's film finance/production/distribution entity East Light Media. The company will fully finance and produce what is planned as a first installment of a potential franchise with worldwide theatrical appeal, including in China.
Kolstad is writing the screenplay for the action-thriller featuring an original central… Read
‘Homeland’ Stars Claire Danes & Mandy Patinkin On Series’ Imperative: “Attention Must Be Paid” To A World In Crisis
An awards magnet for Showtime over the course of its six seasons, Homeland has netted the premium cabler four Golden Globes and six Emmys, always with a finger on the pulse of current world events—a fact that the series’ stars, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, don’t take for granted.
In the midst of production on Season 6, Donald Trump was elected President, leaving the series’ writers to re-examine their position, and ultimately bringing out themes that became much more… Read
Universal Lands ‘24-7’ With Eva Longoria & Kerry Washington To Star
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired 24-7, a pitch by Baltimore-based screenwriter Sarah Rothschild that will be developed as a star pairing of Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington. The actresses will produce what is described as a workplace comedy, Longoria through her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner and Washington through her Simpson Street banner. UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector also will produce.
Rothschild is a writer on Love, Unscripted for Awesomeness TV; the Universal… Read
Netflix Lands Misha Green Female Empowerment Action Spec ‘Mother’ In Heavy Bidding
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix outbid several suitors for Mother, an action thriller by Underground co-creator Misha Green that Deadline tipped yesterday as a hot spec sent to buyers on the eve of the historical opening of Wonder Woman.
Several bidders chased this script that has a female protagonist in a scenario reminiscent of The Professional and La Femme Nikita that has franchise potential. The LEGO Batman Movie producer Roy Lee will produce the film and Green will also be a… Read
Amblin Partners Lands ‘Sky High’ Pitch From Erb & Oremland For Helmer Thor Freudenthal
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners just acquired a pitch from writers Greg Erb and Jason Oremland based on the book Sky High, for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal. Sky High is a fantastical adventure about an ordinary man and his son who have to survive a journey through the tallest, craziest, most amazing house in the world – all while trying to repair their fractured relationship and uncover the incredible secret history of the house itself.
Sky High, written by… Read
Jose Rivera Tapped To Pen ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Biopic From Mucho Mas Media
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Jose Rivera, whose work includes The Motorcycle Diaries and On The Road, is on board to write the screenplay for The Dog Whisperer, Mucho Mas Media’s upcoming biopic on famed dog behaviorist Cesar Millan.
The logline describes the movie as a story about the man “who has inspired and taught humans how to connect with their natural instinct to create harmony for dogs around the world.” Millan, best known for his reality series Dog Whisperer with Cesa… Read