[Update 08.10.17, 1 p.m.: Major producers have begun circling the project and are currently discussing potential packages with Bellevue. Expect it to be taken into studios and financiers after those conversations have played out. Our original story is below.]
On the heels of its fifth spec sale of the year, Bellevue Productions is shopping another hot script, a USA Basketball-themed comedic caper called THE TAPE, written by newcomer Chase Pletts, the Tracking Board has learned.
The story follows three adopted brothers who set out to save their beloved sports bar by embarking on a hapless quest to steal a long-lost VHS tape that contains the only footage of what’s considered to be the “greatest game nobody ever saw” — an exhibition match between Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson that occurred while the Dream Team was training for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
The 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 the script is a work of fiction.
Bellevue recently sold Mark Townend’s Augmented to Warner Bros. with Margot Robbie and Denise Di Novi attached to produce, and the company (along with Paradigm) is currently fielding offers for Josh Hallman’s action-comedy spec Father-Daughter Day, which is described as True Lies with a father-daughter dynamic.
Pletts, who has written and directed several short films, is represented by Bellevue’s Jeff Portnoy. The up-and-coming scribe has found a clever way to sneak two of the world’s most famous athletes into a comedic caper, which have buyers interested this month, especially if Steven Soderbergh’s NASCAR-themed heist film Logan Lucky performs well.
A sale seems like a slam dunk this time, so we’ll do our best to keep you posted. Stay tuned…
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief