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Warner Bros. Picks Up Leo Sardarian’s Action Sci-Fi Script “The Expansion Project” (Exclusive)

Brad Peyton Expansion ProjectBrad Peyton (San Andreas) is nearing a deal to direct the film, which follows a rookie female marine who gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but an Exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.

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Hollywood High on Matt Tente’s “Green Rush,” a Heist Spec Set In Medical Marijuana Industry

Green RushWhile the official logline is being kept under wraps, Green Rush is described as a dramatic heist thriller in the vein of Hell or High Water, but in an urban setting, and with a father-daughter dynamic instead of two brothers.

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New Regency, “The Purge” Duo Team Up to Produce Hot Genre Spec “Take Back the Night” (Exclusive)

New Regency LogoJames DeMonaco and Sebastien Lemercier will produce the genre film from up-and-coming scribe Ryan Riley, who recently landed a spot on the 2017 Young & Hungry list.

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Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon Team for Psychological Thriller “A White Lie” as Buyers Consider Hot Package

Zendaya A White LieMonica Beletsky will adapt Karin Tanabe’s book The Gilded Years, having previously episodes of such hit TV shows as Fargo, The Leftovers, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.

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Table Read My Screenplay Announces Winners of Chicago Competition

Read My Screenplay ChicagoCongratulations to Boulevard scribe Julie Pedersen and In Case of Emergency writer Molly Gardner, both of whom wrote scripts about moms eager to do good in the world.

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“Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct Hot Spec “Crater” for Fox

Shawn Levy CraterJohn J. Griffin’s script is described as a coming-of-age story set on the moon. It follows a boy living a lunar mining colony who, after the death of his father, takes a trip with his four best friends to explore a mysterious crater prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

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Buyers Circling “Encyclopedia Dad” Scribe Ryan Riley’s New Short Story “BB3L,” Feature Spec “Take Back the Night”

Available to read on Medium.com, “BB3L” is being pitched as a contained family drama with global sci-fi implications and socio-political themes.

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Studios, A-List Talent Circling Spec About “Curious George” Creators Hans and Margaret Rey (Exclusive)

De Luca, Amblin, Walden and Imagine among those in the hunt for the red hot biopic that is being pitched as Finding Neverland meets Theory of Everything.

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Joe Gazzam’s Horror Thriller Spec “Knox” Heating Up Hollywood Heading Into Halloween Weekend

The script follows a group of thieves who target Fort Knox, though they soon learn that it was never built to keep people from getting in… it was built to keep something from getting out.

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Tom Hanks, “Game of Thrones” Director Team Up for Sci-Fi Movie “Bios” About a Robot and a Dog

Miguel Sapochnik will direct the film after winning an Emmy for his work on the “Battle of the Bastards” episode

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Patrick Mahon’s Sci-Fi Thriller Spec “Engram” Hits the Town (Exclusive)

The smart sci-fi thriller harks back to the likes of “Minority Report” and “Looper.”

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Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Stay Gold Features Buy Cameron Alexander Spec Script “The Heart of the Beast” (Exclusive)

lundbergalexanderTNThe producer of “Kids Are All Right,” “Beasts of No Nation” and “Hello, My Name is Doris” won the dramatic thriller in a competitive bid.

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WB TV Teams With Gulfstream to Land Hot Property ENCYCLOPEDIA DAD in Preemptive Deal (Exclusive)

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Being pitched as a high concept drama in the vein of This is Us, the short story marks the first big Hollywood sale for the writer and first to originate from digital platform Medium.com.

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Paradigm and Gotham Group Hit Town with Oz – Wonderland Spec DOROTHY AND ALICE (Exclusive)

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Now into producers, this hot new spec from the writer of Rose Red promises two powerful female leads and a dark twist on the worlds we thought we knew.

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O.J. Simpson’s Possible Parole Prompts Hot Comedy Script “Cuba Gooding Jr. Must Die” (Exclusive)

Cuba Gooding Jr Must DieWriter Jimmy Tsai (Ping Pong Playa) imagines a newly-paroled O.J. Simpson as he sets out on an obsessive quest for revenge against actor Cuba Gooding Jr. for exploiting his image on American Crime Story.

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Young Oprah Winfrey Script Is the Hottest Read in Hollywood This Weekend (Exclusive)

Young OprahBefore she was Oprah, she was a nascent reporter in 1970’s Baltimore, struggling through personal and professional failures that threatened to derail her career unless she could find the true, inner voice that would change media forever.

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Table Read My Screenplay Announces Winners of New Orleans Competition

New Orleans TrioTable Read My Screenplay’s Chicago winners will be announced in one week and the New Orleans winners will be having their script read at the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival in October. Also, submissions are currently being accepted for their Park City table read.

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Hyde Park Nabs Spec Based on Kennedy & Nixon Friendship

hyde park excerptThe company will announce a director for a project soon with production scheduled for early next year. The feature is described as in the vein of Frost/Nixon.

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Screen Gems Buys Spec Script About Police Violence Caught on Body Camera

Screen Gems Police Body CamsThe untitled project follows a rookie African-American female cop whose body cam records her fellow Detroit police officers murdering several drug dealers. Her colleagues hunt her down in order to destroy the incriminating footage, while the dealers’ gang comes after her too, demanding answers.

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Legendary Michael Jordan-Magic Johnson Exhibition Game at Center of Hot Spec “The Tape” (Exclusive)

Magic Johnson and Michael JordanThe legendary game was played to determine whether His Airness or the Lakers champ was the greatest basketball player of all time, and while the tape is real, the rest of Chase Pletts’ script is a work of fiction.

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Paradigm, Bellevue Out With “Father-Daughter Day,” an Action-Comedy Spec In the Vein of “True Lies”

True LiesWritten by newcomer Josh Hallman, the script follows an uptight father who discovers his reckless daughter is a secret agent. The two find themselves forced to work together as they try to save the world — and their turbulent relationship.

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Silicon Valley Tale “Alpha Girls” Sells to Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment

alpha girls excerpt Julian Guthrie’s nonfiction book Alpha Girls about the unrecognized female heroes of Silicon Valley will be adapted to screen. The book is scheduled for publication in 2019 after an intense publishing auction, where the book ended up at Currency Books.

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Lionsgate Nabs “Ballerina” Spec with Plans to Expand “John Wick” Universe

john wick excerptThe action spec was penned by Shay Hatten, a 23-year-old writer’s assistant at Team Downey who previously wrote the Black List script Maximum King!.

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Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Reunite With “The Boss” Scribe for New Line Comedy “Super-Intelligence”

Melissa Mccarthy excerptScreenwriter Steve Mallory appeared in Identity Thief and Tammy before co-writing The Boss and co-producing the upcoming New Line comedy Life of the Party.

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Margot Robbie to Produce Mark Townend’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Augmented” for Warner Bros. (Updated)

AugmentedSet in a future where people are enhancing their lives with smart technology implants, Augmented follows a successful criminal defense attorney who has her body hijacked by an anonymous hacker and struggles to prevent him from using her to commit a series of proxy murders.

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“Above Kings,” Hot Spec About Aftermath of Lockerbie Bombing, Out to Studios

Donald De Line David Henry Gerson Above KingsThe story is set amid the aftermath of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The incident claimed the lives of 189 American citizens, making it the deadliest act of terrorism against the U.S. prior to the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.

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Fox Acquires Sci-Fi Spec from “Stranger Things” EP Karl Gajdusek

Karl Gajdusek ExcerptIn 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.

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UTA, Gotham Group Shopping “The Endorsement,” Provocative Political Thriller Set Amid 2016 Election

The Endorsement by Zack FordDescribed as a cross between The Paper and Cape Fear, the script follows a Midwestern newspaper editor who is stalked by fringe extremists after she writes an article endorsing one of the candidates.

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Sundance Film “Polka King,” Dan Gilroy Project with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo Find Home at Netflix

polka-king-excerptStreaming 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.

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Hot Weekend Reads Include Specs About Charlie Chaplin’s Grave Robbers and Moms Searching for Gold

Charlie Chaplin SmileEmma 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.

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