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Remind Yourself to Read UTA’s Hot Spec “Before We Forget,” Described as “The Fugitive” With a Female Lead

AliensWritten by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman, who previously wrote the Black List script The Civilian, the plot involves a cataclysmic event that erases humanity’s memories. When a woman wakes up with no memory of her young daughter, she uses her maternal instincts and clues that she left for herself to find her child amid the chaos.

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Up-and-Coming Writer Has ‘High Hopes’ for Hot Spec “Junior,” About Frank Sinatra and His Son’s Kidnapping

Junior SpecWritten by Peter Malone Elliott, the story finds the mercurial Frank Sinatra at the apex of his career when he’s forced to team up with the FBI to rescue his son from a group of inept kidnappers, giving Ol’ Blue Eyes the chance to repair their broken father-son bond.

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Bellevue Shopping Thriller Spec “Three Day Hold,” Described As a Female “Prisoners”

Three Day Hold PrisonersWritten by Scott Blaszak, the script follows a psychology grad student who comes to believe that her new patient holds the key to the mystery surrounding her sister’s disappearance 13 years earlier. When no one believes her, she takes matters into her own hands and sets out to find her sister by any means necessary.

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WME Shopping Hot Spec “Bolsa Negra,” Like a Dark “Jerry Maguire” With a Latino Lead

BolsaThe script hails from the writing team of David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel, who penned Spike Lee’s Black Klansman, which sounds like it could be Lee’s first commercial hit since his 2006 heist movie Inside Man.

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Studio 8 Acquires Action Thriller Spec “Champion” About American Brothers Forced Into Thai Boxing

Champion SpecGary Scott Thompson (The Fast and the Furious) penned the original spec, which has since been rewritten by Run All Night scribe Brad Inglesby. Storyscape Entertainment is producing with Pioneer Pictures.

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Verve, Bellevue Shopping Timely Spec “Sanctuary City” About Violent Standoff Between LAPD and ICE

Sanctuary CityHot off selling Body Cam to Paramount Players, Richmond Riedel’s new script is set against the backdrop of an aggressive, politically-motivated deportation raid that escalates into an explosively violent standoff in East Los Angeles.

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Aaron W. Sala’s Launch Pad Finalist “The Beast” Sells to The H Collective

The BeastSherryl Clark will produce the horror thriller, which follows the sole survivor of a plane crash, who washes ashore on a mysterious island where she faces her worst fears.

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Verve Shopping Hot Spec “Invasion,” a Home Invasion Movie Set During an Alien Invasion

SignsJohn Swetnam and Harris Wilkinson wrote the script, and according to those who have read it, it’s a home invasion movie set during an alien invasion.

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WME, Bellevue Shopping Hot Spec “Just the Facts” About Former Gawker Editor A.J. Daulerio (Exclusive)

A.J. DaulerioWritten by Kenny Kyle, the script follows Daulerio’s meteoric rise from obscure sports blogger to the EIC of Gawker during the wild, heady early days of the digital journalism boom.

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Launch Pad Alum Nicolina Torres’ “This Red Fire” Scooped Up By Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures

StampedeExcerptThe film follows small-town sheriff Evie Hartley who arrives to find the entire town murdered, except for two missing young siblings. The project hails from Launch Pad’s Nicolina Torres and is the first announcement from Silverman’s new company.

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LeBron James to Produce Basketball Movie “Hustle” After Legendary Wins Auction for Hot Spec Script

LeBron HustleWritten by Taylor Materne, the story follows a washed-up basketball scout who discovers a Chinese streetball phenom and talks him into coming to Los Angeles to train for the NBA draft. The young phenom is overwhelmed by the transition and struggles with being away from his family, while the scout deals with his own family problems.

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Hollywood Hot for “73 Seconds” Spec About Aerospace Engineers Who Warned of Challenger Disaster

73 Seconds Spec Several scripts have already been written about Christa McAuliffe and the crew of the Challenger, as well as the Rogers Commission, which was formed by the government to investigate the disaster, but no one has ever written a script about Bob Ebeling and Roger Boisjoly, whose story is fascinating in its own right.

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“2 Fast 2 Furious” Scribe Michael Brandt Sells Supernatural Thriller Pitch to 20th Century Fox

Michael Brandt Fox PitchBrandt co-created NBC’s Chicago Fire and its two spinoffs, and currently serves as an EP on all three Chicago series. He also directed the 2011 Richard Gere thriller The Double, and co-wrote Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma with Derek Haas.

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Warner Bros. Picks Up Leo Sardarian’s Action Sci-Fi Script “The Expansion Project” (Exclusive)

Brad Peyton Expansion ProjectBrad Peyton (San Andreas) is nearing a deal to direct the film, which follows a rookie female marine who gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but an Exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.

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Hollywood High on Matt Tente’s “Green Rush,” a Heist Spec Set In Medical Marijuana Industry

Green RushWhile the official logline is being kept under wraps, Green Rush is described as a dramatic heist thriller in the vein of Hell or High Water, but in an urban setting, and with a father-daughter dynamic instead of two brothers.

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New Regency, “The Purge” Duo Team Up to Produce Hot Genre Spec “Take Back the Night” (Exclusive)

New Regency LogoJames DeMonaco and Sebastien Lemercier will produce the genre film from up-and-coming scribe Ryan Riley, who recently landed a spot on the 2017 Young & Hungry list.

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Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon Team for Psychological Thriller “A White Lie” as Buyers Consider Hot Package

Zendaya A White LieMonica Beletsky will adapt Karin Tanabe’s book The Gilded Years, having previously episodes of such hit TV shows as Fargo, The Leftovers, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.

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Table Read My Screenplay Announces Winners of Chicago Competition

Read My Screenplay ChicagoCongratulations to Boulevard scribe Julie Pedersen and In Case of Emergency writer Molly Gardner, both of whom wrote scripts about moms eager to do good in the world.

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“Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct Hot Spec “Crater” for Fox

Shawn Levy CraterJohn J. Griffin’s script is described as a coming-of-age story set on the moon. It follows a boy living a lunar mining colony who, after the death of his father, takes a trip with his four best friends to explore a mysterious crater prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

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Buyers Circling “Encyclopedia Dad” Scribe Ryan Riley’s New Short Story “BB3L,” Feature Spec “Take Back the Night”

Available to read on Medium.com, “BB3L” is being pitched as a contained family drama with global sci-fi implications and socio-political themes.

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Studios, A-List Talent Circling Spec About “Curious George” Creators Hans and Margaret Rey (Exclusive)

De Luca, Amblin, Walden and Imagine among those in the hunt for the red hot biopic that is being pitched as Finding Neverland meets Theory of Everything.

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Joe Gazzam’s Horror Thriller Spec “Knox” Heating Up Hollywood Heading Into Halloween Weekend

The script follows a group of thieves who target Fort Knox, though they soon learn that it was never built to keep people from getting in… it was built to keep something from getting out.

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Tom Hanks, “Game of Thrones” Director Team Up for Sci-Fi Movie “Bios” About a Robot and a Dog

Miguel Sapochnik will direct the film after winning an Emmy for his work on the “Battle of the Bastards” episode

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Patrick Mahon’s Sci-Fi Thriller Spec “Engram” Hits the Town (Exclusive)

The smart sci-fi thriller harks back to the likes of “Minority Report” and “Looper.”

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Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Stay Gold Features Buy Cameron Alexander Spec Script “The Heart of the Beast” (Exclusive)

lundbergalexanderTNThe producer of “Kids Are All Right,” “Beasts of No Nation” and “Hello, My Name is Doris” won the dramatic thriller in a competitive bid.

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WB TV Teams With Gulfstream to Land Hot Property ENCYCLOPEDIA DAD in Preemptive Deal (Exclusive)

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Being pitched as a high concept drama in the vein of This is Us, the short story marks the first big Hollywood sale for the writer and first to originate from digital platform Medium.com.

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Paradigm and Gotham Group Hit Town with Oz – Wonderland Spec DOROTHY AND ALICE (Exclusive)

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Now into producers, this hot new spec from the writer of Rose Red promises two powerful female leads and a dark twist on the worlds we thought we knew.

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O.J. Simpson’s Possible Parole Prompts Hot Comedy Script “Cuba Gooding Jr. Must Die” (Exclusive)

Cuba Gooding Jr Must DieWriter Jimmy Tsai (Ping Pong Playa) imagines a newly-paroled O.J. Simpson as he sets out on an obsessive quest for revenge against actor Cuba Gooding Jr. for exploiting his image on American Crime Story.

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Young Oprah Winfrey Script Is the Hottest Read in Hollywood This Weekend (Exclusive)

Young OprahBefore she was Oprah, she was a nascent reporter in 1970’s Baltimore, struggling through personal and professional failures that threatened to derail her career unless she could find the true, inner voice that would change media forever.

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Table Read My Screenplay Announces Winners of New Orleans Competition

New Orleans TrioTable Read My Screenplay’s Chicago winners will be announced in one week and the New Orleans winners will be having their script read at the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival in October. Also, submissions are currently being accepted for their Park City table read.

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