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“The Hacker Is Watching” Jumps From Mark Wahlberg And Universal To Nina Jacobson And Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

nina 2After spending a few years in the hands of Mark Wahlberg at Universal, The Hacker Is Watching has made its way to Fox where Nina Jacobson is set to produce. The thriller is based on the 2012 GQ article by David Kushner.

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Jennifer Lawrence, Adam McKay, Roland Emmerich Drive Spec Market To Three Huge Sales Ahead Of Holiday (EXCLUSIVE)

s-jennifer-lawrence-javier-bardem-co-starsIt was a banner day on the spec market, as three major sales went down. The Jennifer Lawrence-Adam McKay pitch Bad Blood was the first to find a home, followed closely by Moonfall from director Roland Emmerich and Mary from Anthony Jaswinski.

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J.J. Abrams And Bad Robot Take On “Beta” From “Now You See Me” Scribe Ed Solomon (EXCLUSIVE)

jj abrams exceprStar Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is set to produce Beta, from a script by Now You See Me screenwriter Ed Solomon. Abrams will produce through his Bad Robot banner for Paramount.

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Stephanie Danler Debut “Sweetbitter” Turns Up The Burners On The Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

sweetbitter excerptSet in the seductive world of Manhattan’s fine dining industry, Sweetbitteris the debut novel from author Stephanie Danler that has been cooking with fire on the TV and film rights market and has become one of the summer’s hottest reads since it hit bookshelves in May.

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Sweetbitter (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)When a twenty two year-old woman comes to New York, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. What follows is her education: in oysters, Champagne, the appellations of Burgundy, friendship, cocaine, lust, love, and dive bars.

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Launch Pad Alum Santa Sierra Joins Writing Staff Of Hit Netflix Drama “Narcos” (EXCLUSIVE)

1375145_10202136104025037_1736375493_nCongratulations to Launch Pad Alum and former Launch Pad Competition Mentor Santa Sierra, who has boarded the writing staff of the acclaimed Netflix drama Narcos as the series heads into its second season!

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Jennifer Lawrence-Adam McKay “Bad Blood” Pitch Triggers Massive Bidding War

Heat meter The bidding war for Adam McKay’s Theranos medical drama Bad Blood is starting to heat up, with nine offers on the table for the package that includes Jennifer Lawrence and a book proposal from Pulitzer Prize winning author John Carreyou.

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Selma Blair Joins Nicolas Cage In Brian Taylor Horror Flick “Mom And Dad” (EXCLUSIVE)

selma 1The People Vs. O.J. Simpson actress Selma Blair is ready to get a little crazy with Nicolas Cage, as she’s set to star opposite the veteran actor in the horror film Mom And Dad from helmer Brian Taylor.

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Metropolitan Opera Star Biography “Sing For Your Life” From Daniel Bergner Makes Noise On The Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

sing excerptBergner’s latest nonfiction, which is set to be published in September, has been described as, “a touching, triumphant story of a young black man’s journey from violence and despair to one of the world’s most elite artistic institutions.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio And Appian Way Team With Misher Films For “The Outlaw Ocean” At Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

leo excerptDiCaprio will produce the film based on Ian Urbina’s New York Times Magazine article detailing the true story of a vigilante crew that stalked a fugitive fishing ship for 110 days and across two seas and three oceans.

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Andrea Berloff To Adapt Ollie Masters Vertigo Comic “The Kitchen” For New Line (EXCLUSIVE)

the kitchen excerptNew Line Cinema is moving ahead with a feature adaptation of The Kitchen, a comic series written by up-and-comer Ollie Masters with illustrations by Ming Doyle and published by Vertigo Comics. Straight Outta Compton scribe Andrea Berloff is set to pen the script.

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Adam McKay, Jennifer Lawrence Theranos Medical Drama Pitch Heats Up Market Heading Into Weekend

Heat meterEarlier this month, we learned that Jennifer Lawrence was teaming up with Adam McKay for a film about embattled medical company Theranos. Now the package is out to potential buyers – the list of which continues to grow as this heads into the weekend.

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Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford Join Richard Gere In “Three Christs” (EXCLUSIVE)

three christs excerptGame of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, Transparent’s Bradley Whitford, and Justified’s Walton Goggins are joining Richard Gere in Three Christs. Jon Avnet is set to direct, and is penning the current adaptation of the script with Eric Nazarian.

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Anna Ziegler Will Adapt “Photograph 51″ For The Screen With Nicole Kidman To Star, Michael Grandage To Direct (EXCLUSIVE)

Photograph 51 is headed from stage to screen – with playwright Anna Ziegler adapting the script from her own source material. Nicole Kidman, who toplined the West End critical favorite, is set to star with the play’s director Michael Grandage set to direct.

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“Captain Phillips” Author Stephan Talty Stirs Up The Rights Market With Mob Drama “The Black Hand” (EXCLUSIVE)

61298Best-selling author Stephan Talty is back on the rights market with a new work of historical non-fiction, The Black Hand. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, the book recounts the career of NYPD detective Joseph Petrosino, who helped take down the precursor to the Italian Mafia.

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Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Brooklyn Decker And More Circle Zoe Lister-Jones Comedy “Band Aid” (EXCLUSIVE)

zoe lister jonesAdam Pally, Brooklyn Decker, Fred Armisen, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel, and Susie Essman are all in talks to star in the project alongside Lister-Jones, who wrote the script and is set to make her feature directorial debut.

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Horror Spec “Mary” From “The Shallows” Scribe Anthony Jaswinski Sets Market On Fire As It Heads Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterMary, pitched as The Shining/The Conjuring on a boat, has made its way into the hands of some of the biggest producers in town, and with some huge talent circling, it looks like it could be the latest feeding frenzy to hit the spec market.

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As “Independence Day: Resurgence” Makes Landfall, Two Alien Themed Action Specs Compete On The Market (EXCLUSIVE)

alien invasionWith the summer blockbuster season heating up and Independence Day: Resurgence going wide later this month, two similarly titled alien invasion specs have hit the market in an attempt to draw some of the residual heat surrounding the belated sequel to the 1996 hit.

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Netflix Makes Preemptive Film Rights Offer On Red Hot “Vor” Manuscript By Newcomer Author Rimma Rose (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Tracking Board is hearing from multiple sources that Netflix has a preemptive film rights offer on the table for an unpublished Vor manuscript by newcomer author Rimma Rose. The story is being described as The Godfather meets Eastern Promises.

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Di Bonaventura Boards “The Emerald Mile” With Scribe Justin Isbell Set To Adapt (EXCLUSIVE)

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Di Bonaventura joins Mr. Mudd and Lionsgate for the film, which tells the thrilling true story of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during a legendary flood.

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Paradigm & Circle Of Confusion Launch “Mary” Spec From “The Shallows” Scribe Anthony Jaswinski (EXCLUSIVE)

anthony j excerptThe market is buzzing as Paradigm and Circle of Confusion launch the latest spec script from The Shallows screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski, Mary, which is being pitched as The Shining meets The Conjuring on a boat.

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Paradigm And Artillery Creative Hit Market With “Elea” Spec Based On Acclaimed René Barjavel Novel (EXCLUSIVE)

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Elea is a hot new spec that’s melting the market today, based on French novelist René Barjavel’s 1968 best-seller “La Nuit des Temps” also known as “The Night of Time”.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Will Wield The Wand Of “Mandrake The Magician” With Etan Cohen Set To Direct (EXCLUSIVE)


Alice Through The Looking Glass star Sacha Baron Cohen will don the cape of Mandrake the Magician in the adaptation of the long-running syndicated comic strip, with Get Hard helmer Etan Cohen set to direct.

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Debut Novel From Lindsey Lee Johnson “The Most Dangerous Place On Earth” Builds Buzz On Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

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The novel is drawing comparisons to Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You and Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep, featuring a colorful cast of characters and a story that explores the brutal complexities of adolescence against the backdrop of the American high school experience.

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Jordan Black Will Take “The Black Version” From Stage To Screen With Voltage Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

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The critically acclaimed improv show is being adapted into a feature, with creator Jordan Black teaming with Lance Crouther to write and direct for Voltage Pictures.

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“Happy Endings” Scribes Team With Lorne Michaels For Horror Comedy “Ghost Bros” (EXCLUSIVE)

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Flowing in the same beer bong as Neighbors, the ’80s-set comedy centers on frat brothers that die in a fraternity house and end up staying around to haunt the house’s present-day residents.

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Red Hot Bitcoin Heist Pitch “The Fall Of Mt. Gox” Hits The Market (Exclusive)

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Based on the Rolling Stone article, project out from CAA has award-winning writer David Kushner (Dead End on Silk Road, Anonymous vs. Steubenville) onboard to adapt the real life tale of one of the largest heists of all-time.

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“The Murder Of Sonny Liston” From ESPN Journalist Shaun Assael Burns Up Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

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Buyers are hitting the ring for The Murder Of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, And Heavyweights from ESPN journalist Shaun Assael. The non-fiction book will be released in book stores on October 18, 2016.

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David Strathairn And Brenton Thwaites Join Faith-Based Drama “An Interview With God” (Exclusive)

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David Strathairn is set to star opposite Brenton Thwaites in a new Christian drama An Interview with God. Perry Lang will helm the project with a script from Ken Aguado.

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Director Fabien Dubois Signs With UTA And Jon Kanak Of Magnet Management In Competitive Situation (EXCLUSIVE)

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UPDATED: Rising French filmmaker Fabien Dubois has signed with Ramses Ishak, Mike Sheresky and Mike Esola at UTA shortly after signing with manager Jon Kanak of Magnet Management in an extremely competitive situation.

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