Category Archives: Spec Market

Young (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMBased on a true story, a 30 year-old who’s settled for less than her dreams suffers a traumatic disappointment and then a bout of Transient Global Amnesia. She believes herself to be 18 years old again, giving her the opportunity to take another run at life, but also forcing her to relive past tragedies.

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Wolf Boys (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)The intimate, non-fiction story of the lobos themselves: boys turned into pawns for cartels. Their stories show how poverty, ideas about identity, and government ignorance have warped the definition of the American dream.

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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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AMERICAN REBEL (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMBased on the life of Deborah Sampson, a woman from Massachusetts who disguised herself as a man in order to join the Continental Army and fight for her country’s independence during the Revolutionary War.

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Robotic Novel “Fuzzy” Makes a Battery-Powered Impression on Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Fuzzy ExcerptAuthors Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger joined forces to write the recently published children’s book Fuzzy. Now the human and robot friendship novel is making its way into the film rights market in a big away and getting plenty of attention.

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Fuzzy (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)When Max befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, part of Vanguard One Middle School’s new Robot Integration Program, she helps him learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school — the good, the bad, and the really, really, ugly.

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Untitled Winslow Crime Thriller (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Tells the story of a corrupt detective in the NYPD’s most elite crime-fighting unit. Sergeant Denny Malone is forced to choose between his family, his partners, and his life.

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The Littlest Bigfoot (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)A 12 year-old girl and Bigfoot who are outcasts in their own worlds struggle to keep the secret Bigfoot world safe.

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The Pilgrimage (Boyle) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStory details are being kept under wraps.

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The Pilgrimage (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: Story details are being kept under wraps.

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Zita the Spacegirl (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Zita sets out on a quest to rescue her friend who is abducted by an alien cult.

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Endurance: My Year in Space (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)A memoir of the life of astronaut Scott Kelly, detailing his time as a Navy test pilot and the 340 consecutive days he spent in space for a special mission on the ISS.

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Sistahood (Spec Pilot)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: After moving to the Bronx to finish high school, a young woman is drawn in by the allure of an all-female street gang and quickly becomes entangled in the conflict that surrounds it.

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The Odds Of Lightning (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City.

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Jocelyn Davies YA Novel “The Odds of Lightning” Sparks Heat on Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

odds collageJust weeks ahead of its release, The Odds of Lightning, a new YA novel from author Jocelyn Davies, is sparking some heat in the film rights market. The book, which is being published by Simon Pulse, is set to hit bookshelves on September 20.

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Bel Canto (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Based on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima Crisis) of 1996–1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel follows the relationships among a group of young terrorists and their hostages, who are mostly high-profile executives and politicians, over several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.

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Civil War (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe 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.

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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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Glamour Article “How a Self-Taught Hacker Escaped a Cult” Entices Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Erika HayasakiPublished a month ago in Glamour, “How a Self-Taught Hacker Escaped a Cult” by Erika Hayasaki, a prominent journalist and author who writes for publications such as The Atlantic, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal, and wrote the book The Death Class, is making its rounds to the film and television rights markets, with plenty of buzz surrounding it. It’s a harrowing true story that has gotten the attention of readers across the world.

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How a Self-Taught Hacker Escaped a Cult (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Shyama Rose — who has been called the “real Lisbeth Salander” — grew up abused in a cult, but went on to become one of the top white-hat hackers. That is, she spends her days working for major corporations and protecting them from cyber-attacks and malicious hackers. Only about 10 percent of white-hat hackers are women.

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CONTINGENCY PROTOCOL (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: Story details are being kept under wraps, but being pitched as a high-concept sci-fi action thriller in the vein of Looper meets Safe House.

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Grandiosity Films Options Best-Selling World War II Diary “To War With Whitaker”

lady ranfurly bannerGrandiosity Films, the production company headed up by Douglas Lowell, has optioned To War With Whitaker, the best-selling diary of Hermione Countess of Ranfurly with plans to produce a feature adaptation.

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Captive State (Spec)

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Captive State (Sales)

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To War With Whitaker (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)The diaries of the now celebrated Lady Ranfurly who followed her husband into the Middle east during World War II accompanied by her butler, Whitaker, and her parrot.

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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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Jules Feiffer Graphic Novel “Cousin Joseph” Draws Heat on Film Rights Market (EXCLUSIVE)

cousin j excerptThe latest graphic novel from legendary cartoonist and satirist Jules Feiffer, Cousin Joseph, hit the bookshelves in July, and now the TV and film rights have made their way to the market.

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Cousin Joseph (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)In Bay City, 1931, a bare-knuckle detective makes secret trips to pay off Hollywood producers on behalf of the mysterious ‘Cousin Joseph’ to ensure that they will make only upbeat films that idealize America – but the trips becoming increasingly perilous.

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The Children Act (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)A British High Court Judge who makes judgements on difficult and troubling cases must decide the fate of a 17 year-old boy who refuses blood transfusions for his leukemia because it is against his religion.

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6 Balloons (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe “perfect” sister is in the process of organizing a 4th of July surprise birthday party for her boyfriend, but her evening gets derailed when she finds herself (not for the first time and probably not the last) tending to her heroin-addicted brother and his 2 year old daughter.

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