Category Archives: Breaking News
Fresh off advancing to the Top 25 Semi-Finals, 2015 Launch Pad Feature Competition alum Mikko Tormala has signed with Adrian Garcia and David Boxerbaum of Paradigm Talent Agency and Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment!
We’re pleased to announce that Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray of Epicenter have signed two-time Launch Pad alum Ahmadu Garba! Garba placed in both the Launch Pad Pilot and Feature Competition this year with his amazing pilot The Eleventh Hour and his epic feature Augustus.
Yann Martel, the author best known for Life Of Pi, is set to debut his latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal in February but with film and television rights currently up for grabs, the title is already generating buzz in Hollywood.
Being pitched as The Martian meets Mad Max, the next big property from the creator of Deadpool is gearing up to hit the rights market in a BIG way!
Mark Lawyer of Markerstone has signed 2015 Launch Pad Feature Competition alum Guy Francisco Polin. Polin’s spec Hemophilia was a favorite amongst our judges as an eerie dark mystery that kept everyone turning pages.
Divergent author Veronica Roth has a pair of Young Adult novels in the works, set to be published by HarperCollins in 2017 and 2018, with the rights to both starting to seriously heat up on the market.
McG is set to produce an adaptation of Aaron Karo’s high school-set romance novel Galgorithm. The rom-com, which has been favorably compared to the works of John Green, has been pitched as Hitch meets high school.
Leading man Chris Hemsworth has possibly found his next franchise, as numerous sources report that the Thor and The Huntsmen star is circling hot spec Allan Quatermain. Sources also say that CAA is working to package the buzzy franchise-starter with an A-lister, Hemsworth being the prime candidate.
Michael Tadross Jr. and Danny Roth are continuing to ramp up their development slate, picking up the contained action-thriller Backlash written by Leon Langford. The script has been described as Zero Dark Thirty meets The Raid with dark espionage elements.
Thunder Road Pictures is developing a feature based on Alan Feuer’s New York Times article “The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History.”
Cell 7 is set in a world where a reality TV show has replaced the criminal justice system. Written by YA author Kerry Drewery, the novel is an exciting new title on the rights market, presenting a powerful new look at the death penalty.
Brett Ratner and James Packer are developing a biopic about Alexey Pajitnov, the inventor of Tetris, who created the iconic game while living in communist-era Soviet Union. The film is being pitched in the vein of The Social Network.
The crime thriller is inspired by Gomez-Rejon’s experiences growing up in Laredo, Texas. Waypoint Entertainment, the shingle behind Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and Gus van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, is producing.
Danny Sugerman’s memoir, Wonderland Avenue is en route to the big screen from New Regency with David Fincher attached to produce. Sugerman, who became the manager of The Doors when he was just 17 years old, died in 2005.
Wesley Chu’s latest sci-fi thriller, The Recovered, is starting to heat up the rights market. His previous novel, Time Salvager, sold to Paramount, with Michael Bay and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura attached to produce.
Red Crown Productions is in development with Theater of War, a feature based on a story that was originally broadcast as a part of an episode of the venerable radio show-turned-popular podcast This American Life.
Chris Pavone has a new thriller in the works, and although it has yet to be released, it’s already turning heads on the rights market. The Travelers finds a travel writer caught up in a deadly conspiracy with global implications.
Chernin Entertainment is following the trend of classic story retellings like Maleficent, developing a film centered around Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Titled after the story’s heroine, Esmeralda is a live-action adventure adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel.
Launch Pad alum Sarah Acosta has been signed by Robyn Meisinger and Ryan Cunningham at Madhouse Entertainment. Acosta, who wrote the incredible supernatural drama pilot Eclipsed, becomes the 104th Launch Pad writer to land representation.
CAA agents Jacquie Katz and Praveen Pandian and Untitled Entertainment manager Jennifer Au have signed 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Top Comedy Winner Shira Hoffman. Hoffman becomes the 103rd writer to find representation through the Launch Pad competition.
The Thing About Jellyfish, a new, coming-of-age children’s novel from Ali Benjamin, has hit the film and television rights market. The novel was a National Book Award finalist.
The Tracking Board exclusively confirmed in August that Dareen Lemke would be scripting the adaptation of the popular YA novel Endgame: The Calling, and now sources confirm that emerging director Brad Parker is in talks to direct.