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Zero Gravity and Abrams Artist Heating Up the Market with New Spec “IMAGINARY”

180811_gma_johnson_hpMain_16x9_992 Matt Bereson, Kamron Saraye, and Unique Features are all among the producers taking this into studios!

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Verve, Bellevue Painting the Town with Spec “HAPPY LITTLE TREES” Centered on the Feud Between Bob Ross & Bill Alexander

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.36.11 PM Broken Road Productions, Unique Features, and Alexa Faigen are all among the producers taking this into studios!

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Red Hot Spec MAVERICK First to Storm Studios Post Labor Day!

McCain Lawrence Grey, DeVon Franklin, Bill Gerber & Matt Tolmach amongst the producers taking this one into every studio!

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Launch Pad Winner “Mr. & Mrs. American Pie” Lands at Platform One as 1st Project for Laura Dern’s Jaywalker Pictures

Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 9.15.41 PM The project, which will also see McDaniel adapt, will be fast-tracked as a new series for the company as part of the first look deal.

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Young & Hungry Scribe Barry Stiglets Inks with Eris Talent Agency & Hits the Town with New Spec

Eris Following his most recent spec sale which saw Joe Dante board to direct Stiglets lands with new reps, hits the market with his next, and signs on to two new projects under Eris’ newly launched Eric Content.

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New Horror Spec “Pray for the Light” Heats Up the Town as it Heads Into Every Major Territory

Panic 30 Days Vertigo Entertainment, LuckyChap, Captivate, Mad Chance, Intrepid and Unique are Amongst the Producers Heading into Buyers with the Project Tonight!

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Bruna Papandrea & Liza Chasin Team Up for Red Hot New Spec “Ride”

Sally Excerpt Producers from Darkest Hour, Big Little Lies and The Danish Girl team up as A-list packages circle going into the weekend.

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Global Road & Gran Via Team Up In Preemptive Win of New Spec “Rawhide Down”

reagan-assassination-P Project centers on the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan from three unique view points – those protecting, those investigating & those making power plays behind the scenes.

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Netflix Wins the Ryan Reynolds & Michael Bay Spec Package “Six Underground” with a Record-Setting $125 Million Commitment

Netflix The $125 million dollar commitment from Netflix sets the record for a spec package, a record that was also previously set by Netflix just two years ago when they committed $90 million to the Will Smith, David Ayer, Max Landis spec package for Bright.

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Paramount Wins Bidding War for New Cory Goodman Spec “The Oberlin Incident”

paramount After hitting the market late Monday, multiple studios started moving aggressively for the project, culminating in a deal that included Safehouse and Aperture Entertainment producing.

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UCP Amongst those Making a Pre-Weekend Play for New Thriller “CLEANSING OF A NATION”

Cleansing of a Nation Written by Ryan Riley, who previously saw his short story “Encyclopedia Dad” sell to WBTV and his feature spec “Take Back The Night” land with New Regency following a bidding war, the project is being pitched as a socio-political thriller that focuses on the world of tomorrow.

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SACI Pitch Revs Into the Weekend with Multiple Offers In & More on the Way

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM The red hot pitch SACI from Pumpkinhead reboot writer Nate Atkins has the town abuzz going into the weekend, as multiple offers are reportedly already in, with more anticipated as the day continues.

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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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