‘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
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
Scott Free In The Ring With Jack Johnson Film ‘The Big Blow’; Reinaldo Marcus Green To Direct Oren Moverman Script
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
Global Road Snags Spec Script ‘Rawhide Down’, Real-Time Chronicle Of Day Ronald Reagan Was Shot
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
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
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
LeBron James & Channing Tatum Team For New Line Action Comedy
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
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
Hollywood Takes Slap Shot On ‘The Trashers’, About Most Penalized Team In Hockey History And 17 Year-Old President
EXCLUSIVE: Yellow Bear Films has acquired a script from Adam Perlman (Billions) based on the Sports Illustrated article “This Hockey Mogul Was 17. Got a Problem With That?” which was reported by Jon Wertheim.
The project is being produced by Tom McNulty (Date Night) through his MC² banner. No director is attached yet. It’s being described as Slap Shot meets Superbad.
The story is about the Danbury Trashers, which was considered the most violent team in professional… Read
Constantin, Prime Universe Team For Female Viking Adventure ‘Heathen’; Kerry Williamson To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Constantin Film and Prime Universe have teamed to turn the Vault Comic title Heathen into a film with a kickass female Viking warrior protagonist. Script will be written by Kerry Williamson, whose credits include Alex Cross, Netflix’s What Happened to Monday and who’s adapting the fantasy series Sandman Slim for director Chad Stahelski and Studio 8. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce with Adrian Askarieh, whose Prime Universe Films is in a two-year… Read
Focus Features’ Tackles ‘Trading In Starvation’ From Daniel Kunka For Smokehouse, ‘Spotlight’ Producers
EXCLUSIVE: It is a very real issue around the world, but few realize how bad it is: the political commodity of water and food in third-world countries and how a people either are fed or starve depending on what entity (government/corporate) is in control. Now, Focus Features is looking at this very issue: written by Daniel Kunka and bought for Smokehouse and Spotlight producers Blye Pagon Faust and Nicole Rocklin, the drama is inspired by a number of different stories… Read
‘Champion,’ Action/Thriller Spec, Acquired By Studio 8
EXCLUSIVE: Studio 8 just brought in another project. The company has acquired the action/thriller Champion about two American brothers, wrongly sentenced to prison in Thailand, who are then forced to compete in Thai boxing for a chance to win their freedom. The company is now out to directors.
This comes after Studio 8 recently acquired Graham Moore’s female strong, sci-fi thriller Naked is the Best Disguise, another sci-fi thriller from Robert Rodriguez and Max… Read