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Announcement: 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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Naomi Watts & Reese Witherspoon Team Up for “Penguin Bloom”

naomi watts excerptBruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon are in the works on a big screen adaptation of Penguin Bloom with Naomi Watts attached to star. The project is based on the book of the same name from Bradley Trevor Greive.

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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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Fox Acquires Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani Action-Thriller Spec “The State”

twentieth-century-fox-excerptTwentieth Century Fox has picked up the spec script The State from the writing duo Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. David Lonner and Ben Rowe from Oasis Media are set to produce the international action thriller that follows a father in a desperate race to rescue his son.

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“The Aeronauts” Flies and Lands at Amazon Studios with Tom Harper Directing

Tom Harper ExcerptThe spec from Jack Thorne The Aeronauts is nearing a deal to find a home at Amazon Studios after an intensive round of bidding with various studios. Tom Harper is attached to helm the film.

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Toni Collette & Matthew Goode Board Comedy “Birthmarked”

collette-goode-excerptThe Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais-directed Birthmarked has tapped Toni Collette and Matthew Goode to star. The two will join Andreas Apergis, Michael Smiley, Fionnula Flanagan, and Suzanne Clément for the comedy.

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FREQUENCY Review: “Gray Line”

Frequency Excerpt Season 1, Episode 9 – For Frequency‘s fall finale, mysteries are solved and alliances are shaky, but it all feels almost boring.

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Kate McKinnon Lands Starring Role in “The Lunch Witch” at Amblin

mckinnon-excerptAmblin Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of Deb Lucke’s YA novel The Lunch Witch has tapped Kate McKinnon to star in the live-action fantastical comedy. Clay Kaytis, who co-directed Angry Birds, is set to direct while Michael De Luca has signed on as a producer. Johnny Pariseau from De Luca Productions will serve as an executive producer.

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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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Walton Goggins Books Villainous Role in “Tomb Raider” Reboot

walton goggins excerptVice Principals star Walton Goggins has landed a role in the upcoming Tomb Raider Reboot starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. Goggins is set to play the film’s antagonist.

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Greg Berlanti Set to Direct “Little Shop of Horrors” Remake at Warner Bros.

berlanti-excerptThe remake of the cult musical Little Shop of Horrors has taken a step forward at Warner Bros. DCEU maestro Greg Berlanti has been tapped to direct the script from Matthew Robinson.

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Nightmares (Pitch)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMProject details are being kept under wraps, but is said to be a high concept augmented reality thriller w/ global consequences.

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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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DreamWorks Acquires Spec Script “Highway One” from “The Shallows” Scribe Anthony Jaswinski

Anthony-Jaswinski ExcerptThe Shallows writer Anthony Jaswinski has sold his latest spec script, Highway One, to DreamWorks in a reported near seven-figure deal. Denise DiNovi is attached to direct, with Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem producing.

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Fifty Shades Darker – Official Trailer 2 (Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Kim Basinger)

fifty-shades-excerptWhen a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

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Paul Dano in Talks to Star in Thriller “The Englishman”

paul-dano-excerptWorking Title is looking to tap Paul Dano as the star of its forthcoming hitman thriller The Englishman from director Edward Berger. Luke Garrett wrote the script set in the shadowy underworld of the Stasi, East Germany’s infamous Ministry for State Security.

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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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“Emily the Strange” Animated Feature in Development at Amazon Studios

emily-the-strange-excerptGraphic novel character and culty Goth/punk/skater/Hot Topic icon Emily the Strange is heading to the big screen with help from Amazon Studios. Dark Horse Entertainment is setting up a deal for an animated movie featuring the character created by Rob Reger.

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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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Damien Lewis Set as Villain Opposite Sandra Bullock in “Oceans Eight”

damien-lewis-excerptThe villain for Ocean’s Eight has been kept under tight-lipped secrecy — until now. Damien Lewis, who has been seen on set of the all-female Ocean’s 11 spinoff, has been confirmed as the villain of the Gary Ross-directed pic.

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Laurence Fishburne & Grace Gummer in Talks to Join Daniel Radcliffe in “Beast of Burden”

fishnurne-gummer-excerptActors Laurence Fishburne and Grace Gummer are looking to join Daniel Radcliffe in the forthcoming action-thriller Beast of Burden directed by Jesper Ganslandt. The project will mark the Swedish filmmaker’s English-language debut.

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“Jurassic World” Director Colin Trevorrow to Produce “Eon” (EXCLUSIVE)

colin trevorrow excerptEmily Carmichael’s Eon has attached Colin Trevorrow to produce alongside Adam Spielberger and Krista Parris, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The addition continues a growing working relationship between Trevorrow and Carmichael.

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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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HONG KONG HUSTLE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMOn the mean streets of Hong Kong, a small-time hustler plots to rob a bank during Chinese New Year in order to buy the freedom of a working girl from a ruthless mob boss.

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Jeremy Irons & Matthias Schoenaerts Set For “Red Sparrow” With Jennifer Lawrence

irons-schoenaert-excerptThe spy thriller Red Sparrow has added Jeremy Irons and Matthias Schoenaerts to its all-star cast. The duo will join previously announced cast members Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.

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Will Ferrell to Headline eSports Comedy from Legendary

will ferrellLegendary Pictures has tapped Will Ferrell to star in an Untitled eSports Comedy from scribes Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn. Legendary will produce alongside Mosaic and Gary Sanchez Productions.

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Shailene Woodley to Star in “Adrift” with Director Baltasar Kormakur, Currently Being Packaged

Shailene Woodley ExcerptThe drama spec Adrift from writers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, which landed on The Tracking Board Hit List yesterday, is currently being packaged for financiers and distributors. Shailene Woodley is attached to star in the film, with Everest’s Baltasar Kormakur directing.

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Slamdance 2017 Announces Lineup For Special Screenings, Beyond, & Short Programs

slamdance-excerptThe 23rd annual Slamdance Film Festival has revealed an impressive lineup for its Special Screening, Beyond, and Shorts program. The Sundance alternative is set with 35 world premieres, nine North American premieres as well as 10 U.S. premieres.

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Seth Gordon to Helm “Price Is Right” True Story (EXCLUSIVE)

seth gordon excerptHorrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is attached to helm The Price is Right based on the real-life scandal revolving around popular and long-running game show.

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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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