Fresh off the long holiday weekend, Jon Hersh and his Housefire Management are the first to jump-start the post-Summer spec season as the red hot new spec MAVERICK from writer Aaron Benjamin is quickly finding its way into studios.
The spec, which was slipped to select producers right before the weekend, is a timely period drama centering on the life of military veteran turned Senator John McCain during his time in Vietnam, where he was shot down over Hanoi and fought for his survival daily as a POW in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison.
McCain would return from his horrific time in Hanoi to become a military advocate, and a public service figure for four decades, including a run for President before his passing earlier this year.
Benjamin previously set up his spec script You Know Where I Stand with Zero Gravity, which is currently casting, and is currently at work on his new project Saturday Night Massacre which centers on the firing of Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Diving onto the project first were Lawrence Grey and his Grey Matter, DeVon Franklin and his Franklin Entertainment, Bill Gerber and his Gerber Pictures and Matt Tolmach and his Matt Tolmach Productions.
Individually the companies are now into:
Grey Matter into Amazon Studios
Grey Matter into Amblin Entertainment
Grey Matter into Annapurna Pictures
Grey Matter into eOne
Grey Matter into Fox Searchlight
Grey Matter into HBO
Grey Matter into Netflix
Grey Matter into Paramount Pictures
Grey Matter into STX Entertainment
Grey Matter into TriStar Pictures
Grey Matter into Universal Pictures
More on this one as details continue to come in!