Category Archives: Spec Market News
In a new deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled sci-fi spec from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gajdusek, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Michael Ellenberg will produce the project via his new Media Res shingle.
Streaming giant Netflix continues to expand their film slate, acquiring both The Polka King and the new Dan Gilroy film over the weekend, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls is back on the market after initially being snapped up by super-producer Scott Rudin. Set in the summer of 1969, the story follows a 14-year-old girl who joins a commune run by charismatic madman Charles Manson.
Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy is re-teaming with his stars Jakes Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for a new untitled project, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Gilroy’s team at CAA is taking the project out to buyers.
Original pitch “The Steward” from Derek Kolstad has landed at Cristal Pictures. They will fully finance and produce with plans for the project to be the first installment of a potential franchise.
Jordan Barel’s script tells the true story of the visionary who, after being ousted from Paypal, creates SpaceX and guides it through the turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.
Paradigm is out with a brand new spec, an untitled action-comedy project from Toria Sheffield and Monica Byrnes, seeking to continue meeting the demand for more female-driven stories, both in front of and behind the camera. There’s a lot of excited buzz around the project as it goes out to major territories.
Netflix has acquired the hot new spec Mother from Misha Green after it first hit the market Friday afternoon, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project follows a female protagonist in the vein of La Femme Nikita.
In examining the newest Spec Book, Neil Turitz finds that for the second year in a row, there were more specs put on the market and, more importantly, more sold, than the year before. This means there are more opportunities for the writers themselves, and for the companies making the movies to bring fresh voices to their product.
The story follows three friends and co-workers who team up to help each other face their terrible exes and bad relationships. If the premise sounds a little vague, it’s only because the Mirzai brothers don’t want to tip their hand.
The story follows a paranormal investigator who finds himself drawn to a small town that has experienced bizarre phenomena. He soon discovers that these instances have an eerie connection with his own past.
The Tracking Board has confirmed that Amazon Studios acquired the spec This Is Jane by Dan Loflin in a six-figure deal. The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service published in 1995.
Described as The Purge meets The Bourne Identity, the story follows four criminal soldiers whose killing skills have been enhanced by horrifying experiments. When they escape to a small Wisconsin town and begin a campaign of terror, only a former Army medic, his tough high school sweetheart and a weathered local sheriff stand in the way of these brutal killers.
With multiple studios bidding on the sci-fi manuscript that’s being compared to Looper and Ready Player One, it’s Lionsgate who comes out on top to win newcomer Tal M. Klein’s first book.
Just one day after announcing our 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition winners, Steve Isles joins the more than 200 writers who have landed reps from the competition as he signs with Mike Esola at UTA.
Via their Columbia Pictures banner, Sony Pictures has acquired the pitch Hope Heals from writers Bob Smiley and Justin Hensley, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project is based on the memoir of the same name and adds to the growing list of faith-based films from the studio.
In 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.
La 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.
Author 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.
With 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!
The 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.
*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.
Alicia 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.
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.