The material marketplace is picking up. Sony Pictures has just acquired The Slackfi Project, a spec script by Howard Overman that will be produced by Matt Tolmach. The logline: A hapless and broken hearted barrista is visited by two bad-ass soldiers from the future who tell him mankind is doomed unless he alone can save them. The deal was made by Overman’s reps at UTA and UK-based The Agency. Overman created the British series The Misfits.

While I was busy running around Hollywood for Oscar weekend, I didn’t get the chance to pull the trigger on Thursday’s preemptive spec deal for Line of Sight by Warner Bros for Silver Pictures. Script’s by F. Scott Frazier and it deals with a global threat on the order of Independence Day (but it’s not aliens). The script was based on an idea by Silver Pictures’ Alex Heineman, who also hatched that Project X pic that Silver produced with Todd Phillips. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce and Heineman is exec producer. WME and H2F sold it.