Category Archives: Heat Meter

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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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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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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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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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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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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Broken Road Moves Hot Spec “Hummingbird” Into New Territories with A-List Star Circling (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe hot spec Hummingbird from writer John McClain is hitting the market with production company Broken Road leading the way. The project already has Marcus Kryler and Frederick Akerstrom attached to direct and actor Shailene Woodley interested in starring.

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“Star Wars” Breakout Daisy Ridley and Trio of A-List Directors Circle Hot New Spec “American Rebel” (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterA-List talent in front of and behind the camera have started to circle a new spec package that brings one America’s historical female heroes to the big screen.

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Updated: Red Hot Action Thriller “Contingency Protocol” From Bellevue Adds New Territories Heading Into Holiday Weekend (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterUpdated 09.02.16: Mark Townend’s high-concept sci-fi action thriller, pitched as Looper meets Safe House, continues to burn up the market ahead of the holiday weekend, with Screen Gems, Legendary Pictures, and AG Capital being the latest to take a closer look at what has become one of the summer’s hottest specs.

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The Muraviov Company and Epidemic Take “Rex” Into Sony, Fox, and Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

rex excerptAs we first reported last week, a new family-oriented sci-fi book Rex hit the market with some real heat behind it. Now, the YA adventure has made its way into some of the town’s biggest animation studios.

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The Muraviov Company and Global Epidemic Hit The Market With Family-Friendly “Rex” Film Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

rex excerptAs summer starts to wind down, the film rights market is heating back up with a new family-oriented sci-fi book, Rex. The YA adventure, co-written by authors Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers, is stomping its way onto the film rights market with Kathy Muraviov and Darryl Taja leading the charge.

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STX Entertainment Nabs Red Hot Action Spec “Red Widow” From Matthew Altman

Heat meterAfter drawing plenty of heat over the week and landing in multiple major territories, it appears that STX Entertainment has won the bidding battle for Red Widow from screenwriter Matthew Altman.

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APA And Parallax Burn Up The Town With Revenge Thriller Spec “Red Widow” – Now Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThere’s a hot new revenge thriller spec that’s tearing up the town, Red Widow by Matthew Altman. The spec, pitched in the vein of John Wick has now made its way into several major territories.

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Inkshares Book Proposal “A God In The Shed” From Newcomer J.F. Dubeau Heats Up The Town (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe town is buzzing over a new book proposal from newcomer J.F. Dubeau, A God In The Shed, which is set to be published by Inkshares. We’re hearing the high-concept supernatural thriller was slipped to select producers last night, and already has an offer in.

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Red Hot Sci-Fi Thriller “RIFT” Heads Into New Territories As A-List Director Circles (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe red hot sci-fi thriller RIFT from Larry Lasky continues to set the town on fire as it makes its way into every major studios and over a dozen top production companies. We’re also hearing that an A-list director is circling, cranking up the heat around what could be the summer’s next big spec sale.

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Paradigm & Circle of Confusion Light Up The Market With Jewel Heist Spec “Glass” As A-list Talent Circles (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterParadigm is on a roll this summer as they hit the town with their latest prospect Glass from Calvin Starnes. As the piping hot spec has made its way into a dozen territories, some A-list talent is already circling what could become the summer’s next great bidding war.

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Red Hot Sci-Fi Spec “RIFT” Burns Up The Market – Now Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe spec market is heating up once again as the red hot sci-fi thriller RIFT from Larry Lasky makes its way around town. Circle of Confusion’s Zach Cox is leading the charge on this one, which already has Rock Shaink attached to produce under his Romark Entertainment banner.

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Paradigm Burns Up Market With Red Hot Comedy Spec “Besties” – Now Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meter The summertime spec market is heating up once again as red hot comedy Besties from scribes Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic makes its way into all major studios.

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Jennifer Lawrence-Adam McKay “Bad Blood” Pitch Triggers Massive Bidding War

Heat meter The bidding war for Adam McKay’s Theranos medical drama Bad Blood is starting to heat up, with nine offers on the table for the package that includes Jennifer Lawrence and a book proposal from Pulitzer Prize winning author John Carreyou.

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Adam McKay, Jennifer Lawrence Theranos Medical Drama Pitch Heats Up Market Heading Into Weekend

Heat meterEarlier this month, we learned that Jennifer Lawrence was teaming up with Adam McKay for a film about embattled medical company Theranos. Now the package is out to potential buyers – the list of which continues to grow as this heads into the weekend.

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Horror Spec “Mary” From “The Shallows” Scribe Anthony Jaswinski Sets Market On Fire As It Heads Into Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterMary, pitched as The Shining/The Conjuring on a boat, has made its way into the hands of some of the biggest producers in town, and with some huge talent circling, it looks like it could be the latest feeding frenzy to hit the spec market.

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“Sicario” Producer Thunder Road Pictures Snags Mitchell LaFortune Spec “Burn Run” (Exclusive)

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UPDATE 06.06.16: After generating serious heat on the market for the past week, Mitchell LaFortune’s Burn Run has sold to Thunder Road Pictures after the Sicario production company laid down an aggressive bid to snag the spec from the former intelligence officer.

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{Exclusive} HarperCollins Wins “The Final Six” Publishing Rights Following Sony’s Preemptive Buy

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UPDATE (05.12.16): Sony has closed on a pre-emptive deal for The Final Six, which has publishing bids heating up. The town has been buzzing over this red hot book proposal from author Alexandra Monir.

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{Exclusive} Red Hot Crime Thriller “17 Bridges” Now Heading Into All Studios

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UPDATE 5.3.16: STX has won the rights to the crime thriller from Adam Mervis in a competitive situationCaptain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to produce.

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{Exclusive} Markerstone Spec “The Man On Lincoln’s Nose” Heats Up Market Heading Into The Weekend

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The spec market is heating up yet again as the buzz around P.J. McIlvaine’s The Man On Lincoln’s Nose begins to build. The script, centered on the man who sculpted Mt. Rushmore, has made its way into the hands of some big name producers heading into the weekend…

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{Exclusive} SOLD! Paramount Comes Out On Top In Fight For “The Corporation” With DiCaprio To Produce, Del Toro To Star

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UPDATE (4.7.16): Paramount has come out on top in the fight for T.J. English’s The Corporation with a stunning seven figure offer. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce through their Appian Way banner, with Benicio Del Toro set to star.

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{Heat Meter} Max Landis Spec “Deeper” Heats Up The Market As Bradley Cooper Boards

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Max Landis’s spec Deeper is gaining traction as the script was circulated this week and has attached Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper.

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{Exclusive} UPDATE: SOLD! Imperative Entertainment Beats Out JJ Abrams For “Killers Of The Flower Moon” With $5 Million Bid

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UPDATE (3.10.16): Imperative Entertainment wins the war for David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon with a massive $5 million bid, making this one of the richest book deals to go down in recent history. Imperative beat out an offer from Star Wars director JJ Abrams.

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