Category Archives: Breaking News

Food Critic and TV Host Morgan Murphy Signs with Magnet Management (EXCLUSIVE)

Morgan Murphy ExcerptThe Southern food critic, television host, and award-winning author Morgan Murphy has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management in all areas of representation.

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Timely Spec “Inauguration Day” Going into Major Territories with Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterA brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.

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Ry Russo-Young to Direct Romeo & Juliet Re-Telling “Rosaline” at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

Ry Russo Young ExcerptThe long-in-development Romeo & Juliet project Rosaline has taken another step forward with the attachment of Ry Russo-Young. She is set to take over directing duties from Alex Timbers.

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Jared Stern to Write and Direct Romance Film “Happy Anniversary” for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

Jared Stern ExcerptNetflix is continuing to expand its slate of original films with Happy Anniversary, to be written and directed by Jared Stern. Industry Entertainment and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment are producing the project.

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The Bitch List 2017

bitch list excerptAfter last night’s Golden Globes and the success of countless new and diverse voices in the past year, the annual Bitch List has never appeared more timely. In its fourth year, the List works to highlight unproduced feature and television screenplays that pass the Bechdel test.

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“American Gods” Director David Slade Helming Western “Surrounded” for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

David Slade ExcerptDirector David Slade, who has found a home for himself on the small screen, is taking on his next feature with the western Surrounded. The film comes from a spec written by Andrew Pagana and Justin Thomas back in 2012.

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German Director Uli Edel Directing Hit List Spec “The Civilian” (EXCLUSIVE)

Uli Edel ExcerptGerman director Uli Edel, best known for films like Last Exit to Brooklyn and Body of Evidence, has tapped his next project as The Civilian, based on a spec script by Brian Pittman and Rachel Long. The project is being developed by Millennium Films.

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Lisa Robertson, Australian Writer-Director of “Commerce,” Signs with Magnet Management (EXCLUSIVE)

Commerce ExcerptAustralian writer-director Lisa Robertson has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management. Most recently, she completed her short film Commerce, which has the potential to become a feature-length film, with a draft already written.

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Launch Pad Manuscript Writer David Luz Signs with The Muraviov Company (EXCLUSIVE)

David Luz ExcerptDavid Luz, who made it into the Top 25 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition with Tallok, has signed with Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company

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Launch Pad Alum Julia Cooperman Signs with Grandview (EXCLUSIVE)

Julia Cooperman ExcerptLaunch Pad writer and alumni Julia Cooper, who wrote the Phantasmagoria pilot script for this year’s pilots competition, has signed with Laura Leonard and Meredith Bajana of Grandview.

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The Black List 2016

the blacklistThe Black List 2016 has arrived! We have the complete list of screenplays and their writers, compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives.

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“Wedding Crashers” Writer Bob Fisher to Co-Direct and Write “Overboard” Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Overboard ExcerptThe remake of the 1987 Garry Marshall film Overboard has a new set of writers and directors in Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The film is currently set up at MGM with 3pas Studios attached to produce.

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Charlie and Chris Frazier Set Up Action Thriller “Mortal” at IM Global (EXCLUSIVE)

IM Global ExcerptScribes Charlie & Chris Frazier have set up a new project at IM Global, the action thriller Mortal. It comes after they landed on the Tracking Board 2016 Hit List with their sci-fi spec script Aurora. The logline for the new film is under wraps, but a thriller is decidedly within the purview of the writers.

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Up and Coming Director Grant Sputore to Helm “Mother” from Michael Green (EXCLUSIVE)

Grant Sputore ExcerptAfter the spec Mother landed on the Tracking Board 2016 Hit List from writer Michael Green, the film was quickly set up at the Australian production company The Penguin Empire with Grant Sputore attached to direct the film, the Tracking Board has learned.

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Writer Matt Duffett Adapting Graphic Novel “39 Minutes” for Circle of Confusion (EXCLUSIVE)

39 Minutes ExcerptThe feature film adaptation of the popular and violent graphic novel 39 Minutes from Top Cow has found its writer in Matt Duffett. The project hails from production banner Circle of Confusion. The original comic was written by William Harris and illustrated by Jerry Lando.

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Dallas Clayton Tapped to Pen “Harold and the Purple Crayon” Adaptation (Exclusive)

<> on November 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.Author and illustrator Dallas Clayton is set to adapt the popular children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon for Sony Animation. The original book and subsequent series were written by Crockett Davis.

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New Line Hires Chris Borrelli to Pen Remake of New Zealand Film “Housebound” (EXCLUSIVE)

Housebound ExcerptNew Line Cinema has found the writer for their remake of the horror-comedy film Housebound, hailing originally from New Zealand and writer-director Gerard Johnstone. 2016 Hit List scribe Chris Borrelli will be taking on the duties of writing the new imagining, The Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

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Louis Leterrier Tapped to Direct Fantasy Pic “Commander Alexander” (EXCLUSIVE)

louis-leterrier-excerptNow You See Me director Louis Leterrier is set to bring his magic to the adventure fantasy project Commander Alexander. Leterrier will direct the script from Dallas Clayton, a children’s book author who is known for such whimsical titles as Lily the Unicorn.

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Jim Carrey Attached to Star in “Mr. Toy” (Exclusive)

jim carrey excerptComedy star Jim Carrey has lined up his next project with the biopic Mr. Toy. The film is described as Steve Jobs meets A Beautiful Mind by way of Willy Wonka.

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“Game of Thrones” Star Emilia Clarke Tapped for Period Film “The Woman with Red Hair” (EXCLUSIVE)

Emilie Clarke ExcerptGame of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been steadily building a film career for herself. Her latest is the lead role in The Woman with Red Hair, a World War II drama from writer Michael Schatz.

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PRESENTING THE 2016 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF YEAR

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsFeaturing 92 scripts, 101 writers, more than 70 production companies & studios, 46 different agencies & management companies, and more than 200 individual reps, this year’s list is one of the most diverse and exciting we’ve ever released.

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“Percy Jackson” Director Thor Freudenthal Tapped for “Blu” (EXCLUSIVE)

thor freudenthal excerptHit List regular Chris Borrelli is setting up his next project as his latest spec Blu has attached Thor Freudenthal to direct the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The story is described as I am Legend meets 28 Days Later.

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Sam Boyd to Helm “Space Oddity” from Rebecca Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

circle-of-confusion excerptCircle of Confusion and Arlook Group are teaming up on the new sci-fi feature Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner with Sam Boyd attached to direct, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

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“Son of a Gun” Helmer Julius Avery Taking on “The King of LA” as Next Project (EXCLUSIVE)

Julius Avery ExcerptAustralian director Julius Avery has found his newest project in The King of LA, a crime drama based on an original spec from writer Chris Bremner. The project was recently picked up by Ridley Scott and his production banner Scott Free.

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“Stranger Things” Taps Launch Pad Alum Kate Trefry as New Writer for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Stranger Things Excerpt2013 Launch Pad Feature Competition winner Kate Trefry has been hired as a staff writer for the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things. The show, which became a breakout hit this past summer, is expected to premiere its second season on Netflix in 2017.

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Jackie Chan to Star in Joe Carnahan’s Action Film “Five Against a Bullet” (EXCLUSIVE)

Jackie Chan ExcerptThe long-in-development project Five Against a Bullet has found its new star in action veteran Jackie Chan. Joe Carnahan is still set to direct and is also doing rewrites on the script from the original scribe, The Three Musketeers’ Alex Litvak.

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Bold New Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch “Lost Boy” Based on Short Film Hits the Town (Exclusive)

Mad Max ExcerptLost Boy is a brand new pitch written by Anthony Scott Burns and Ash Thorp that is set to hit the town in a striking way. Jairo Alvarado of Circle of Confusion is representing the pitch as it goes out to major territories.

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“John Wick” Writer and “Southpaw” Producers Hit Town with Hot New Action Thriller Pitch “Endure” (EXCLUSIVE)

John Wick ExcerptTB has confirmed that screenwriter Derek Kolstad is teaming up with Alan and Peter Riche to hit the town the week after Thanksgiving with a hot new feature pitch based on Tim Lebbon’s novel Endure, and we’ve got the list of the first buyers lining up to hear it inside.

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YA Piracy Epic “Plunder” Creates Waves in the Film and TV Rights Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Plunder ExcerptIn the style of great adventure classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island, a new book about the golden age of pirates, Plunder, is hitting the film and television markets in a big way. The book is co-authored by Pat Croce and Adam Slutsky.

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Launch Pad Alum & Writer of Paramount’s “Matriarch” Hits Town with Hot New Spec “Control” (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterFormer Launch Pad, Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List Alum Eric Koenig is back and hotter than ever as A-list talent & directors begin to circle his new spec Control.

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