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Sam Peckinpah’s Unproduced Screenplay ‘Castaway’ Acquired By Serbian Producer

Serbian producer Milos Antic said he has acquired the film rights to legendary director Sam Peckinpah's unproduced screenplay Castaway (which is a working title), which is based on James Gould Cozzen’s 1934 novella of the same name. The deal was done with the Peckinpah Estate; Antic will be producing alongside Los Angeles-based producers Katy Haber and Benni Korzen. Antic and Haber both worked with Peckinpah on his only war film Cross of Iron in 1976 in Portoroz, Slovenia… Read

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Screen Gems Nabs ‘Superfecundation’ Script From Savion Einstein

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EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has acquired Superfecundation, a spec script from Nicholl Fellowship scribe Savion Einstein. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions is coming aboard to produce the comedy romance pic, which is being fast-tracked. The studio is now on the hunt for a director. The script centers on a charmingly chaotic woman who is struggling to figure out her life, and finds herself in a unique situation when she becomes pregnant with twins by… Read

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Robert Specland To Pen ‘Reincarnation Type’ For Bad Robot & Bristol Automotive

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Specland, the Black List scribe who has just come aboard to pen the UFC origin film Gracie, has been hired to write Reincarnation Type, a thriller in the works from Bad Robot and Bristol Automotive. The logline is under wraps, but the producers’ research on reincarnation inspired a character-based thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense. Specland’s take on the material sparked the deal. Specland penned the 2015 Black List script Nyad about the famed… Read

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Universal Unwraps ‘Last Christmas,’ Paul Feig To Direct Script Written By Emma Thompson & Bryony Kimmings

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired Last Christmas, a script by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. Paul Feig is attached to direct. The details are being kept under wraps, but I’m told Last Christmas is a holiday romance set in London. Thompson, the two-time Oscar winner including one for scripting Sense and Sensibility, next stars in A24's The Childrens Act and Focus Features' Johnny English Strikes Again. She recently wrapped production on Late Night, starring… Read

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‘The Black Room’ Picked Up By MajorJazz, Based On Co-Writer’s Experience In Psychic Research Institute

EXCLUSIVE: MajorJazz, a development and finance company with ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley has acquired The Black Room, a paranormal horror spec about marriage, deceit, and the constant intrusion of the past into the present written by Grady Hendrix and Nicholas Rucka. The inspiration for the script came from Hendrix's experience in New York City taking incident reports at parapsychology research organization in New York City. Rucka is an editor currently working… Read

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Mandalay Pictures Options ‘Charlie 3D’ From Writer-Director Scott Speer

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures has optioned Scott Speer’s screenplay Charlie 3D about the first fully, 3D-printed man and his search for identity and love. This project, which has one of the more cool and original premises, will be produced by the production company’s Jason Michael Berman. Novelist Tommy Wallach is coming aboard to do a production polish on the screenplay for an anticipated start later this year with Speer at the helm. This is the first major… Read

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Scott Free In The Ring With Jack Johnson Film ‘The Big Blow’; Reinaldo Marcus Green To Direct Oren Moverman Script

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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion who recently was pardoned by President Donald Trump from his conviction for violating the Mann Act in 1910 at the height of the Jim Crow era, has suddenly become a prized film property. Reinaldo Marcus Green, who wrote and directed the Sundance film Monsters and Men, will helm The Big Blow, which Oren Moverman adapted from a Joe Landsdale novella that is inspired by Johnson’s own story. Giannina Scott… Read

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Global Road Snags Spec Script ‘Rawhide Down’, Real-Time Chronicle Of Day Ronald Reagan Was Shot

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EXCLUSIVE: Global Road Entertainment has closed a deal to acquire Rawhide Down, a thriller spec script from scribe Alex Cramer that details in real time the day of President Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981. We’re hearing that Global Road took the spec off the table a mid six-figure deal with Verve. Mark Johnson and his Gran Via Productions are aboard to produce along with his exec Tom Williams, who brought the project… Read

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Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood

EXCLUSIVE: Winning what was a competitive bidding situation, Amy Pascal via Pascal Pictures just nailed down a sci-fi pitch from screenwriter Kat Wood. This is the second project that Pascal has bought from Wood, following another sci-fi project, Envoy, that Pascal brought into her company last year. This latest pitch is entitled Genus, described as a thriller about a scientist who accidentally brings back a prehistoric form of human species. It’s set in modern day and… Read

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Paramount Wins Cory Goodman Spec ‘The Oberlin Incident’; Safehouse & Aperture To Produce

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount just won an auction for The Oberlin Incident, a spec by Cory Goodman that Safehouse and Aperture will produce. Studio’s keeping logline on the down-low, but it’s described to me as a horror thriller. Deal was high six figures. Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell at Safehouse Pictures and Adam Goldworm at Aperture Entertainment developed the script with Goodman. Pace of this deal shows the appetite for material that can be turned into movies quickly. Verve… Read

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LeBron James & Channing Tatum Team For New Line Action Comedy

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LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment and Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan’s Free Association are teaming to produce Public Enemy, an action comedy pitch that has been acquired by New Line Cinema. Written by Lucas Carter, the film is being described as subversive action comedy that looks at the speed of media in our current landscape. SpringHill’s James and Carter will produce, with Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson set to oversee… Read

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How The Black List’s Franklin Leonard Is Rewriting His Screenplay Advocacy Role — Deadline Disruptors

After spending five years advocating for the best unproduced screenplays with The Black List, Franklin Leonard has taken a leap to become a moneyed backer who can now turn those gems-on-paper into feature films. In April, Leonard, a former development exec for companies including Appian Way and Overbrook, struck a multi-year partnership with China-based Meridian Entertainment to turn three to five of his screenplay finds into English language films each year for budgets… Read