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Update 1 (01.25.17 – 5:35 pm): Fox has won the auction for Joe Ballarini’s Skyward, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Karen Rosenfelt will produce the project, which was brought into the studio by Fox execs Emma Watts and Kira Goldberg. Deadline broke the news of the sale.
The original story is below.
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.
Skyward chronicles the incredible true story of two courageous families who risk everything to make a daring flight in an enormous, homemade hot air balloon they build in their garage in an attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall in 1979.
Insiders tell the Tracking Board that Barry Josephson and his Josephson Entertainment have taken the script into TriStar, Karen Rosenfelt and her Sunswept Entertainment are into Fox 2000 and Lionsgate, while Anonymous Content have taken the project into Disney and Amazon.
Ballarini is a prolific writer known for his work on DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo and Fox Animation/Blue Sky’s Epic and Ice Age: Continental Drift. He also wrote the script for Hasbro’s upcoming My Little Pony movie, and recently set up a feature adaptation of his three-book series A Babysitter’s Guide to Monsters with Walden Media and Montecito Pictures.
Ballarini also wrote the action script Lockdown for Sony and producer Michael Bay, the YA adaptation Charlie Paris and the Young Ambassadors for Fox 2000 and the comic book adaptation Imagine Agents for Fox, Anonymous Content and Boom! Studios. He recently signed on to adapt Kate Milford’s bestselling mystery novel Gleenglass House for Paramount and Transformers producer Ian Bryce.
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