Category Archives: Spec Market
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!
Logline: Story is being pitched as a big sci-fi twist on The Firm, and centers on a young lawyer/recruit who is tasked to help the firm defend a Treaty as old as civilization itself, which is set to expire.
It was a banner day on the spec market, as three major sales went down. The Jennifer Lawrence-Adam McKay pitch Bad Blood was the first to find a home, followed closely by Moonfall from director Roland Emmerich and Mary from Anthony Jaswinski.
The Shallows scribe Anthony Jaswinski is having a pretty good month. Not only is his shark thriller hitting theaters this weekend, but his spec Mary has just been bought by Tooley Productions in a competitive situation, with several buyers circling the red hot script.
Set in the seductive world of Manhattan’s fine dining industry, Sweetbitteris the debut novel from author Stephanie Danler that has been cooking with fire on the TV and film rights market and has become one of the summer’s hottest reads since it hit bookshelves in May.
When a twenty two year-old woman comes to New York, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. What follows is her education: in oysters, Champagne, the appellations of Burgundy, friendship, cocaine, lust, love, and dive bars.
A contemporary Kung-Fu story that intertwines Shaolin mythology with many of the current issues faced by teens growing up in a gentrifying neighborhood like Harlem.
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.
Bergner’s latest nonfiction, which is set to be published in September, has been described as, “a touching, triumphant story of a young black man’s journey from violence and despair to one of the world’s most elite artistic institutions.”
The story of Ryan Speedo Green, who went from a hard knocks upbringing and stints in juvenile facilities to an award-winning rising star in the world of opera.
An ambitious boy, who thinks of himself as a hopeless romantic, falls for a girl with a broken past while they work at the high school paper.
Earlier 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.
Logline: The true story of Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly’s ideological clash over feminism, and the hypocrisy of their own positions during the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.
Logline: Described as a female-driven hybrid of First Blood and John Wick, where a reluctant heroine reveals herself in a small town.
About a girl, who on the eve of her big interview at Princeton, decides to get herself a fake ID – unbeknownst to her, she’s inheriting the identity of a cyberterrorist who is at large.
Best-selling author Stephan Talty is back on the rights market with a new work of historical non-fiction, The Black Hand. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, the book recounts the career of NYPD detective Joseph Petrosino, who helped take down the precursor to the Italian Mafia.
Set in turn-of-the-century New York and follows NYPD detective Joseph Petrosino. He was known as the “Italian Sherlock Holmes” for his clever sleuthing abilities and love of disguises.
Mary, 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.
With the summer blockbuster season heating up and Independence Day: Resurgence going wide later this month, two similarly titled alien invasion specs have hit the market in an attempt to draw some of the residual heat surrounding the belated sequel to the 1996 hit.
Logline: When an asteroid hits the moon, an unlikely band of misfits must come together to travel to the moon and harness the alien technology left behind to stop it from colliding with the earth.
Logline: Finding themselves in the middle of an alien invasion, a newly divorced couple must survive a dangerous real-time journey on foot from downtown Atlanta to the suburbs, where their young children are home alone.
The Tracking Board is hearing from multiple sources that Netflix has a preemptive film rights offer on the table for an unpublished Vor manuscript by newcomer author Rimma Rose. The story is being described as The Godfather meets Eastern Promises.
Described as The Godfather meets Eastern Promises. In the Russian Mafia, a “Vor” is a made man; an honor only given when the recruit shows loyalty beyond measure, with members of the Vor-world accept the code of the “Thief within the Law”.
The market is buzzing as Paradigm and Circle of Confusion launch the latest spec script from The Shallows screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski, Mary, which is being pitched as The Shining meets The Conjuring on a boat.
Story is based on embattled medical company Theranos and its 32 year-old founder Elizabeth Holmes.
Logline: Story details are being kept under wraps, but spec is being pitched as The Shining or The Conjuring on a boat
Elea is a hot new spec that’s melting the market today, based on French novelist René Barjavel’s 1968 best-seller “La Nuit des Temps” also known as “The Night of Time”.
Logline: Pitched as a high concept sci-fi in the vein of Passengers and Story of Your Life, story centers on the discovery of two humans, suspended in time for 10,000 years, who may hold the keys to humanity’s existence and survival, if the world is ready to listen.
When the biggest shipment of MDMA hits the U.S., a global mix of criminal opportunists scramble to leverage the chaos, eliminate their competition and make the big score.