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Paramount Acquires Ian Shorr Spec “Infinite”

Paramount ExcerptIn a quick turnaround, Paramount Pictures has acquired the spec Infinite from writer Ian Shorr, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The script only hit the market recently.

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Oscar-Winner Damien Chazelle Sells Hit List Script “The Claim”

damien chazelle excerptLa La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle has optioned the movie rights to his mystery thriller The Claim to Oceanside Media. Oceanside’s Scott Clayton will produce with Route One Entertainment’s Russell Levin and Motion Picture Capital’s Leon Clarance.

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Sci-Fi Novel “Afterlife” Prepares for Town Rollout as Rights Hit Market

amazonAuthor Marcus Sakey is hoping to make a big splash this weekend with as his upcoming novel Afterlife prepares to hit the market. His previous novel Brilliance was sold to Legendary for $1.25 million and attached Will Smith to star and Joe Roth to produce.

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Drew Goddard to Direct “Bad Times At The El Royale” for 20th Century Fox

Drew Goddard Bad Times At The El RoyalePlot details are being kept under wraps, though sources say it’s a contained thriller with genre elements. Only top studio execs were given the opportunity to read the script, hence the vague nature of the titular “bad times.”

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Congrats to Pete Barry, Whose Launch Pad Script MARIAN Has Sold to Sony For Margot Robbie to Star!

53629633 (1)_resizeWith several A-List talent packages circling, Sony stepped in to close a deal and mark the first sale of the ongoing 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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New Line Cinema Picks Up “Wizard of Oz” Horror Pitch From Launch Pad and Hit List Alum Mike Van Waes

oz-excerptThe world of Wizard of Oz is about to get the horror treatment from Hit List alum Mike Van Waes. New Line Cinema recently picked up a pitch tied to the classic 1900 L. Frank Baum from the up and coming screenwriter.

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*Updated as Offers Come in* Brie Larson, Daisy Ridley, & Alicia Vikander Circling as the Hottest Spec in Town Gears Up for the Weekend!

2-1-768x384_resize*UPDATED February 27th* As the project now goes into all buyers, more talent circles and offers start to come in! Gearing up for a star-studded Oscar weekend, one spec script has taken the town by storm as A-list talent and Producers fight for a piece of the pie.

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Hot New Spec “Marian” Aims to Reinvent the Studio Franchise With Fresh Spin on “Robin Hood” (Exclusive)

Maid Marian Robin HoodAlicia Vikander is just one of the A-list actresses circling this project, which is being pitched as a grounded Braveheart, and finds Robin Hood’s love interest rising to power and leading her people into war that will decide the fate of her kingdom.

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John Swetnam’s Female Assassin Spec “Ruthless” May Spark Bidding War After “John Wick” (Exclusive)

John Wick Paradigm and Industry Entertainment are out with Relentless, a hot new spec from John Swetnam, the writer of Into the Storm and Step Up All In. The project is being described as being in the vein of John Wick, but with a female protagonist.

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STXfilms to Chase “Gone Girl” Crowd With Thriller Spec “The New Neighbors”

Leslye Headland New NeighborEveryone has skeletons in their closet, even (especially?) rich people! To that end, STX Films has optioned the spec script The New Neighbors and attached Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) to direct the psychological thriller.

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James Hutchinson’s New Sci-Fi Spec “Haldane” Into Territories (Exclusive)

Haldane by James HutchinsonManager Kailey Marsh is out with a hot new sci-fi spec titled Haldane, written by scribe James Hutchinson and described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Under the Skin.

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Sony Acquires Horror Thriller Spec “Reddoor” from Teddy Tenenbaum and Minsun Park

Sony ExcerptThis morning Sony Pictures acquired the new hot spec Reddoor (stylized as /reddoor) from writers Teddy Tenenbaum and Minsun Park. Producers Barry Josephson, Liz Bassin, and Jim Wedaa have come aboard the project as well.

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Carrie Buck’s Sterilization Subject of Melissa Hilfer’s Hot New Spec “Unfit,” Now Into Territories With Producers (Exclusive)

Carrie Buck Emma Buck Unfit34 years after her death, Carrie Buck is at the center of a timely biopic that has A-list actresses across Hollywood paying attention. Written by Undone scribe Melissa Hilfers, Unfit is set in the not-so-distant past, when America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country.

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Joe Ballarini’s Berlin Wall Spec “Skyward” Into Studios with Producers (Exclusive)

Skyward Joe BallariniUpdate: While some studios pop champagne bottles to celebrate this morning’s Oscar nominations, others have moved on and are focusing on what’s next. To that end, several suitors are scrambling for Joe Ballarini’s spec Skyward, which is described as being similar in tone to Best Picture winners Argo and The King’s Speech.

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MGM Nabs Sci-Fi Novella “Snapshot” by Brandon Sanderson

mgm-excerptThe Brandon Sanderson-penned sci-fi novella Snapshot has been acquired by MGM. Broken Road Productions (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) and Entertainment 360 (Office Christmas Party) are set to produce.

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“Black-ish” Creator Kenya Barris Developing “White Men Can’t Jump” Remake

white-men-excerptThe 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump is set to get a 21st-century makeover courtesy of Kenya Barris. The Black-ish creator is teaming with Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers to develop a remake of the 20th Century Fox classic.

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Timely Spec “Inauguration Day” Going into Major Territories with Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterA brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.

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Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Acquires Film Rights to YA Novel “Moxie”

amy-poehler-excerptThe rights to the upcoming YA novel Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu have landed at Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch’s production company Paper Kite. The book is slated to be released later this year on September 19 by Roaring Book Press.

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Universal Acquires “Lucky Santangelo” Novels by Jackie Collins

jackie-collins-excerptThe 10-novel series based on the life of mob daughter Lucky Santangelo by the late, great Jackie Collins is about to get the silver screen treatment. Universal Pictures recently acquired the books and are planning on making it into a trilogy with Monumental and Working Title.

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The Gotham Group Nabs Film & TV Rights to “Jihadi Hunter” Memoir

jihadi hunter excerptThe upcoming memoir The Jihadi Hunter: How One Father Saved His Radicalized Son from the Battlezone of ISIS by Dimitri Bontinck has landed at The Gotham Group. The book is set to hit shelves next fall.

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YA Piracy Epic “Plunder” Creates Waves in the Film and TV Rights Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Plunder ExcerptIn the style of great adventure classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island, a new book about the golden age of pirates, Plunder, is hitting the film and television markets in a big way. The book is co-authored by Pat Croce and Adam Slutsky.

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Launch Pad Alum & Writer of Paramount’s “Matriarch” Hits Town with Hot New Spec “Control” (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterFormer Launch Pad, Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List Alum Eric Koenig is back and hotter than ever as A-list talent & directors begin to circle his new spec Control.

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Newcomer Production Company 1inMM Acquires Rights for “Prisoner Six” Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

1inMM ExcerptThe up and coming 1inMM Productions in a preemptive deal acquired the film rights to a new manuscript: Prisoner Six from author/screenwriter Tara Pinley. Julio Hallivis, a principle at 1inMM, is set to produce the project for the company.

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New Book “After Spin the Bottle” from Janét Saunders Causes a Stir in Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

After Spin the Bottle ExcerptThe new semi-autobiographical novel from Janét Saunders, After Spin the Bottle, is heating up the film rights market in big and competitive ways. It was published earlier this year in March by AuthorHouse.

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Hot New Novel “Dead Souls” Being Shopped to Top Territories and Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterAn exhilarating and eerie new novel, Dead Souls, is making its way through the film and television markets, with John Beach and Kevin Cleary of Gravity Squared Entertainment leading the way.

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Red Hot Spec “Canary Black” Moves Into New Territories with Interested Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe thrilling spec Canary Black from writer Matthew Kennedy is moving into several new territories to start development on the project. It has swiftly captured the attention of numerous producers, now interested in becoming attached.

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Paramount Acquires “Sam Phillips” with Leonardo DiCaprio to Star & Produce

leonardo dicaprio excerptMusic biography Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll is headed to the big screen as Paramount Pictures has acquired the book by Peter Guralnick with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star.

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Ben Bolea Spec “The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire” Lands at LD Entertainment

LD Entertainment ExcerptProduction company LD Entertainment has acquired the spec The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Aboard the Horn High Yo from writer Ben Bolea. They’re producing the ambitious comedy alongside Zubick Films.

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Inkshares Manuscript “Devil’s Call” from Newcomer Jamie Dorn Scares Up Interest On Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

devils excerptThe story, which is being pitched as The Revenant with a strong female lead and an elevated supernatural horror component, centers on a pregnant witch in the Old West who hunts down the possessed man who killed her husband.

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Latest Novel from Ann Patchett “Commonwealth” Astonishes Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Commonwealth ExcerptA new book from highly regarded author Ann Patchett is making its way into the film rights market and turning heads. Commonwealth has been receiving rave reviews since its publication in mid-September from Harpercollins.

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