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The Muraviov Company and Global Epidemic Hit The Market With Family-Friendly “Rex” Film Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

rex excerptAs summer starts to wind down, the film rights market is heating back up with a new family-oriented sci-fi book, Rex. The YA adventure, co-written by authors Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers, is stomping its way onto the film rights market with Kathy Muraviov and Darryl Taja leading the charge.

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“Harry Potter” Scribe Steve Kloves and Scott Silver Tapped To Rewrite “White Boy Rick” For Darren Aronofsky, Studio 8 (EXCLUSIVE)

steve k excerptThe writer who helped bring Harry Potter to the big screen, Steve Kloves, and 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver have been brought on to rewrite White Boy Rick. The project comes from a spec by Logan and Noah Miller that was featured on the 2015 Hit List.

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The 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition: Announcing The Overall Winners, Guaranteed Signing Winner, and Mentorship Selections!

WINNERS ANNOUNCED EXCERPTWe’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition including the Best Comedy, Best Drama, and our Overall Winner! Plus, we’re announcing the writers who have been selected to join our 2016 Pilots Mentorship Program and the winner of our Guaranteed Signing prize with Lee Stobby Entertainment!

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Mark Wahlberg Thriller “Home Invasion” Steals Director Patrick Hughes (EXCLUSIVE)

patrick-hughes excerptThe Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes is set to direct Mark Wahlberg in the thriller Home Invasion for Paramount Pictures. The script comes from Aaron Guzikowski.

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Justin Lin to Produce Mob Movie from “American Ultra” Director Nima Nourizadeh (EXCLUSIVE)

Justin Lin Nima Nourizadeh ExcerptComing off directing Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin and his production company Perfect Storm Entertainment are set to produce Revenge at a Wedding, a new dark comedy helmed by Nima Nourizadeh.

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“Supernatural” Actor Mark Pellegrino Joins Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” From Producer Selena Gomez (EXCLUSIVE)

mark pPellegrino has joined the cast of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The drama, based on the novel by Jay Asher, was created by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey. Pellegrino joins a cast lead by fellow Lost-alum Dylan Minnette.

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“Pacific Rim” Actor Rob Kazinsky and Maggie Lawson Join New Film “Spivak” (EXCLUSIVE)

Rob Kazinsky ExcerptFrom the minds of Pumpkin directors Adam Larson Broder and Tony R. Abrams comes a brand new feature film, Spivak, which has found its first two cast members in actors Rob Kazinsky and Maggie Lawson. The film is in production at BN Films and Super Crispy Entertainment, with Broder and Abrams set to both write and direct.

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Launch Pad Alum Laura Bensick Signs With UTA (EXCLUSIVE)

Laura Bensick Pro PicLaura Bensick, whose original drama pilot The Mother recently landed in the Top 10 of the LPPC, has signed with UTA agents Amanda Burnett, Charles Ferraro, and Greg Iserson. The LPPC overall winners will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

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20th Century Fox Gets A “Clue” And Will Produce Classic Board Game Remake With Hasbro (EXCLUSIVE)

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The long-in-development Clue remake from Hasbro has landed at 20th Century Fox. The story is expected to move out of the parlor and make it a game of “worldwide mystery” with action-adventure elements.

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“Captain Marvel” Scribe Meg LeFauve Revives “Beached” Comedy At Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

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LeFauve has been tapped to breathe new life in Beached, a family comedy for Disney. The project, which has been in development for nearly two decades, was originally written by Ocean’s Eleven scribe Ted Griffin and previously set up at Fox 2000.

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“The Maze Runner” Writer Grant Myers Penning WWII Fantasy Script For Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

20th Century FoxComing off his adaptation of the YA novel The Maze Runner, Grant Myers is taking on a bold film for 20th Century Fox. Tides of War is a World War II film unlike any other and will undoubtedly get people talking.

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David Bruckner Set To Write And Direct “The Ritual” For Producer Andy Serkis (EXCLUSIVE)

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David Bruckner is set to write and direct The Ritual, an adaptation of the award-winning horror novel by Adam Nevill for Andy Serkis’s The Imaginarium. Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton are attached to star.

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Stuart Beattie Brought On To Adapt “Fall Of Gods” For 20th Century Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

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I, Frankenstein writer-director Stuart Beattie has been brought on to adapt the illustrated novel Fall of Gods for 20th Century Fox. The Maze Runner helmer Wes Ball is set to direct the fantasy epic, which has a Braveheart-esque angle on classic Norse gods and mythology.

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Three Join Vince Vaughn In “Brawl In Cell Block 99” From Hit List Alum S. Craig Zahler (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Vince Vaughn-starring actioner has added three to its cast as it heads closer to production: Udo Kier, Fred Melamed, and Geno Segers will join Vaughn and previously cast Don Johnson in the thriller from Hit List alum S. Craig Zahler.

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Sony Pictures Taps Jon Johnstone To Write “Lonesome When You Go” (EXCLUSIVE)

Sony Pictures ExcerptSony Pictures is developing a new feature film titled Lonesome When You Go and the studio has picked writer Jon Johnstone to pen the script. It will be produced by Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman of Double Nickel Entertainment.

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Andrew Baldwin Sci-Fi Spec “Genesis” Lands With Simon Kinberg At Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

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20th Century Fox has landed the sci-fi spec Genesis from scribe Andrew Baldwin with Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films set to produce. The story details are being kept under wraps, but the script is being described as a sci-fi thriller with action elements.

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Gael García Bernal Stepping Behind The Camera For “Mozart In The Jungle” Season 3 (EXCLUSIVE)

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Gael García Bernal will direct his first episode of the acclaimed Amazon series in which he stars, Mozart in the Jungle. García Bernal directs the third season finale of the series for which he took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Comedy earlier this year.

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Josh Charles Will Star In High School Basketball Drama “Amateur” (EXCLUSIVE)

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Josh Charles is starring in the high school basketball drama Amateur. Ryan Koo is directing from his own script, which is also based on his 2013 short film of the same name.

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Bret McKenzie Of Flight Of The Conchords Writing Fantasy Film For Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

Bret McKenzie ExcerptBret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords is re-teaming with Muppets director James Bobin for a fantasy film at Warner Bros. Pictures titled Moonland.

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The 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition: Announcing The Top 10!

TOP 10 ANNOUNCED excerptWith 24 of this year’s writers now signed, and more than 160 since the Launch Pad Competition began just three years ago, we’re incredibly thrilled to present the pilots our judges deemed the Top 0.5% overall, and will now begin voting to decide who will become our Overall, Drama, and Comedy Winners.

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Greta Gerwig Rewriting “Little Women” Remake For Sony (EXCLUSIVE)

Greta Gerwig ExcerptOriginally set up in 2013, Sony Pictures is moving forward with their remake of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, Little Women, and has tapped Greta Gerwig to rewrite the script. She takes over the script from the previous screenwriter Sarah Polley.

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Sony Pictures Sets “Miss Bala” Remake With Scribe Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sony Pictures and Misher Films are moving forward with a remake of the 2011 Mexican crime drama Miss Bala from director Gerardo Naranjo. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is set to adapt the screenplay, based on the original script by Naranjo and Mauricio Katz.

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Michael Vukadinovich To Adapt “The Phantom Tollbooth” For Donald De Line, Tristar Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto scribe Michael Vukadinovich has been tapped to write a fresh take on the beloved children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth for Tristar Pictures. The book, first published in 1961, was written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

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Mark Wahlberg To Star In Paramount Thriller “Home Invasion” From Scribe Aaron Guzikowski (EXCLUSIVE)

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Mark Wahlberg is attached to star in the thriller Home Invasion for Paramount Pictures. He’ll produce with Stephen Levinson through Leverage Management. The film re-teams Wahlberg with Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski.

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APA And Parallax Burn Up The Town With Revenge Thriller Spec “Red Widow” – Now Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThere’s a hot new revenge thriller spec that’s tearing up the town, Red Widow by Matthew Altman. The spec, pitched in the vein of John Wick has now made its way into several major territories.

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Shailene Woodley Attached To Star In “No Baggage,” Movie About Wild OkCupid Date (EXCLUSIVE)

Shailene Woodley ExcerptBased on a Salon article about a one-of-a-kind OkCupid by Clara Bensen, Shailene Woodley is attached to the film No Baggage, from New Line Cinema and Offspring Entertainment. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot of Offspring will be producing.

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Launch Pad Alum Annabel Seymour Signs With Tom Carter Of Artillery Creative (EXCLUSIVE)

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Annabel Seymour, who entered the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition with her hilarious comedy pilot #1 Fan, has signed with manager Tom Carter of Artillery Creative.

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“Nerve” Screenwriter Jessica Sharzer Adapting YA Novel “The Young Elites” (EXCLUSIVE)

Jessica Sharzer Young Elites ExcerptThe next YA fantasy novel poised to take the Hollywood stage is Marie Lu’s The Young Elites. Its rights were acquired by Fox and Temple Hill Entertainment in 2015, and writer Jessica Sharzer has been tapped to pen the screenplay.

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“Spectre” Scribe Jez Butterworth Tapped To Rewrite Emma Stone-Starring “Cruella” For Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

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Spectre co-writer Jez Butterworth has been tapped to rewrite Cruella, the live-action family comedy from Disney. Butterworth takes over writing duties from Kelly Marcel, who was working on an original draft from Aline Brosh McKenna.

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Inkshares Book Proposal “A God In The Shed” From Newcomer J.F. Dubeau Heats Up The Town (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe town is buzzing over a new book proposal from newcomer J.F. Dubeau, A God In The Shed, which is set to be published by Inkshares. We’re hearing the high-concept supernatural thriller was slipped to select producers last night, and already has an offer in.

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