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      September 30, 2014 July, August & September 2014 Spec Market Roundup

      We feel pretty guilty about putting the Scoggins Report on hiatus for the past couple of months with no warning, but we'd feel much worse if there'd been more activity during our absence. There were just 13 spec script sales in the whole of Q3 (July/August/September), bringing 2014's year-to-date tally to a whopping 50.

      As we note in the intro to this week's Scoggins Report (embedded below), that's down significantly from each of the last three years; the numbers as of the end of September in 2013, 2012 and 2011 were 86, 105 and 94, respectively. As you'll see in the Spec Market Scorecard when we publish it mid-October, if this year's pace continues it'll be touch-and-go to avoid ending up with the lowest number of spec sales since the 2007/2008 WGA strike. Which is saying something, since 2010's total was 65, less than half 2011 and 2012's record total of 132.

      But let's not borrow trouble. There's over a month left in the Fall selling season, several studio budgets are newly replenished, and October has been a big month for spec sales each of the last three years. So keep those fingers crossed as you peruse the July, August & September 2014 Spec Market Roundup. As always, you can click here to download it to your heart's content.

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      August 22, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #43: The Three Tenors, by Jonny Rosenthal

      Lionsgate-Summit has acquired an opera comedy by Johnny Rosenthal ("Bad Santa 2," Columbia's "Iron Jack"). Patrick Aiello (the upcoming "As Above, See Below") will produce, with Erik Feig and Meredith Milton overseeing for the studio. You can click the title above for more details.

      August 22, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #42: Moonfall, by David Weil

      "Moonfall," a sci-fi thriller from rising scribe David Weil, has been purchased by AUDAX. The spec went out last month. Its principals, Andrew and Walter Kortschak, will produce. Weil's been on a bit of a roll. His "Arabian Nights" script-ment sold to Warner Bros. last month, with the studio eyeing a seven-film franchise. He's with CAA and Jessica Moresco of Unified Management. Click the title above for more details.

      July 28, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #41: Berliner, by F. Scott Frazier

      F. Scott Frazier's ("Autobahn," "Line of Sight") spy thriller has sold to Universal with Chris Morgan producing through his eponymous production company. Frazier's with CAA's David Kopple and DMG. The latter will produce with Morgan. As always, you can click the title above for more details.

      July 23, 2014 June 2014 Spec Market Roundup

      We're playing catch up after taking a break in the first half of July. First up, the June 2014 Spec Market Roundup, which is embedded below. The numbers aren't great, but at least they're not as low as last month's Pitch Market. Speaking of which, since there was only one pitch sale last month but there have already been two in July, we'll do a combine June/July Pitch Market Roundup at the beginning of August.

      Between now and then we'll squeeze in a Spec Market Scorecard so you can get the full picture of how 2014 is stackng up year-over-year. (Answer: Poorly. Very poorly.)

      Here's the June 2014 Spec Market Roundup. As always, you can click here to download it to your heart's content.

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      July 22, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #40: The Long Run, by Drew Pearce

      Fox has purchased an action comedy from Drew Pearce ("IRON MAN 3"). The deal has him set to direct. Chernin Entertainment is producing. The busy Brit scribe turned in a draft of MI:5 and is working on the third installment of Sherlock Holmes. You can click the title above for more details.

      July 22, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #39: Terminal Point, by Stu Paul

      The action comedy has landed at Universal with golden boy Will Packer and his head of film Barbara Dreyfus producing alongside Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and Julian Rosenberg. The project was previous set up at the now dissolved Strike. Erik Baiers is overseeing for the studio. Paul's with Rosenberg and Matt Martin at CAA. You can click the title above for more details.

      July 14, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #38: Untitled Joe Gazzam Sci-fi, by Joe Gazzam

      A "Man on Fire" in tone sci-fi spec by Joe Gazzam ("Shadow Run") that hit tracking boards mid-June has been purchased by Relativity. The scribe is busy writing StudioCanal's "Cliffhanger" remake and rewriting "It Takes A Thief" for Universal. He's with Paradigm and Industry. As always, click the title above for more detais.

      July 8, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #37: Untitled Laura Solon Comedy, by Laura Solon

      Bluegrass Films and Shine Pictures will produce an untitled Laura Solon (TVLand's "Hot in Cleveland") comedy for Universal. Beau Beauman will oversee for Stuber's company, Kristin Lowe for Uni. You can click the title above for more details.

      July 2, 2014 June 2014 Pitch Market Scorecard

      As much as we strive not to dwell on the negative, neither do we allow ourselves to bury our heads in the sand. Or quicksand, as the case may be: After several month-over-month increases to a high for the year so far of 8 pitch sales in April, the 2014 Spring selling season reversed course in May and ended with a gasp in June. Last month's single pitch sale is the lowest monthly total since we began tracking pitches in 2011.

      The effect on the year-to-date tally is predictable, as you'll see from the intro to this week's Scoggins Report. Not the best news to take into a holiday weekend, we grant you, but hey, the first step is to admit you have a problem, Hollywood.

      As always, you can scroll down to check out the June 2014 Pitch Market Scorecard for yourself, or click here to download the PDF.

      Happy 4th of July, and we'll be back next week with the somewhat cheerier June 2014 Spec Market Roundup.

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      June 30, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #36: Relative Truth, by William Jack Sibley

      Diane Ladd will star, produce and finance Sibley's drama. Demian Lichtenstein ("3,000 Miles to Graceland") is set to direct. You can click the title above for more details.

      June 22, 2014 June 2014 Spec Market Scorecard

      A couple of weeks ago we had a little trouble finding the silver lining behind the cloud that was May's spec sales numbers. June's numbers haven't been great so far either, but pulling the Spec Market Scorecard together this weekend uncovered a couple of key stats that provide some interesting context for the year's number's so far. You can see them for yourself in the introduction to this week's edition of the Scoggins Report, but here's the one that caught our eye first:

      The studios have collectively bought about half of what they bought last year, which is good, since 6 studios that bought specs in each of the last 2 years have yet to break out their checkbooks in 2014.

      We know, that's only a silver lining if you assume those six studios will step up in the second half of the year. But we do. So it is.

      Either way, we'll let you discover for yourself which 6 studios we're referring to. You can scroll down to check out the June 2014 Spec Market Scorecard, or click here to download the PDF.

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      June 16, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #35: Leviathan, by Cole Haddon

      Haddon ("Savage Planet," "Hyde") has set this sci-fi at Columbia with Neal Moritz to produce through his Original Films banner. Toby Ascher will executive produce. Like most projects on the Sony lot these days, Michael De Luca will oversee. As always, you can click the title above for more details.

      June 16, 2014 2014 Spec Script Sale #34: Captain Nemo, by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar

      The veteran scribes' take on the iconic antihero was preemtpively purchased by Columbia's Michael De Luca. We'll see how things shake out, as he'll undoubtedly pit this project against Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," which saw David Fincher exit last year. Gough & Millar are with CAA.

       
      Recent Spec Sales Sort    
      • Outside The Box Sci-Fi Set Up Written by Zach Lipovsky & Adam B. Stein
        Under wraps but described as a sci-fi adventure in the vein of the 80s Amblin films.
        Market September 10, 2019    Sold September 10, 2019
        Director Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein
        Agent Adam Levine (Verve)
        Manager Scott Glassgold (Ground Control)
        Studio Universal Pictures
      • When Michael Met Carrie… And Other People No Manager Rom-Com Set Up Written by Meredith Dawson
        Under wraps but described as a new take on the romantic comedy.
        Market September 10, 2019    Sold September 10, 2019
        Producer Paul Feig
        Director Meredith Dawson
        Executive Erik Baiers, Lexi Barta
        Agent Darian Lanzetta (CAA)
        Studio Universal Pictures
        Distributor FeigCo Entertainment
        Sale price was not reported. The acquisition comes as Universal and studio’s chief Donna Langley are diversifying its pool of directors with more female filmmakers.
      • Shut In No Manager Set Up Thriller Written by Melanie Toast
        A single mother is held captive by her violent ex, and her two young children are left at risk. She must do everything to protect them and survive.
        Market September 5, 2019    Sold September 5, 2019
        Producer Dallas Sonnier, Roy Lee, Dan Farah
        Agent Jordan Lonner (UTA)
        Production Farah Films, Cinestate
      • The Present Comedy Set Up Written by Jay Martel
        The story of a young boy who figures out a way to repeat the day leading up to his parents’ separation so he can relive the same day and try to keep them from splitting up.
        Market September 4, 2019    Sold September 4, 2019
        Agent Bill Weinstein, Matthew Doyle (Verve)
        Sales Agent AGC Studios
      • River (giuliano) Horror Set Up Thriller Written by Joshua Giuliano
        A contained horror-thriller following three siblings who, after being stranded in a boat on a country river, are stalked by a masked killer.
        Market August 28, 2019    Sold August 28, 2019
        Director Joshua Giuliano
        Producer Alex Hedlund, Nick Antosca
        Agent Scott Henderson, Gabriel C. Mena (Paradigm)
        Manager Jake Wagner, Scott Stoops (Good Fear)
        Financier Tango Entertainment
        Production Eat the Cat
        Per Deadline: Giuliano wrote and directed the short film In Sound We Live Forever which played on the festival circuit earlier this year. The short served as a director’s sample for River and was circulated around town. Giuliano wrote the spec while working as a Postmates delivery driver in Hollywood.
      • The Birthday Cake Drama Set Up Written by Diomedes Raul Bermudez & Jimmy Giannopoulos & Shiloh Fernandez
        A man reluctantly continues the family tradition of bringing a cake to the home of his uncle on the 10th anniversary of his father’s death. But his life changes that night after witnessing a murder and learning the truth about what happened to his father.
        Market August 20, 2019    Sold August 23, 2019
        Producer Diomedes Raul Bermudez, Shiloh Fernandez, Siena Oberman, Jamin O'Brien, Jason Weinberg
        Director Jimmy Giannopoulos
        Actor Ewan McGregor, Val Kilmer
        Agent James Farrell (WME)
        Manager Jason Weinberg (Untitled Entertainment)
      • Untitled Chester Tam Rom-com No Agent Rom-Com Set Up Written by Chester Tam
        An interracial love story said to explore how a drunken ‪one-night‬ stand leads to a secret relationship that eventually becomes public, surprising both friends and family of the couple given that neither is typically the other's type. It is inspired by a real-life relationship of Tam's.
        Market August 15, 2019    Sold August 15, 2019
        Director Chester Tam
        Actor Gabrielle Union
        Producer Holly Shakoor Fleischer, Gabrielle Union, Trevor Engelson
        Executive Scott Strauss, Jolene Rodriguez
        Manager Trevor Engelson (Underground)
        Studio Screen Gems
        Production I'll Have Another
        8-22-2019 - Tam was repped at UTA by Jay Gassner prior to the WGA-ATA standoff, which was ongoing at the time of this sale. Screen Gems picked up the spec script that Union has been developing with Tam for more than a year. The studio is looking to cast an actor with comedic skills to play the couple's other half.
      • The Last Adventure Of Constance Verity No Manager Set Up Written by John Raffo
        A spec script adaptation of “The Last Adventure of Constance Verity,” based on the book of the same name by A. Lee Martinez.
        Market August 13, 2019    Sold August 13, 2019
        Actor Awkwafina
        Producer Jon Silk, Jon Shestack, Jay Ashenfelter, Awkwafina
        Agent Debbie Deuble Hill (APA)
        Distributor Legendary Entertainment
        8-13-2019 - Per The Wrap, Jon Shestack at Legendary brought the project to Raffo, who adapted the story as a spec script. Raffo's last film was produced in 1998, so he may not be an active WGA member.
      • Pyros Sci-Fi Set Up Written by Thomas Pierce
        Based on Pierce's short film TARDY MAN, which deals with a group of people who are fitted with indestructible fire suits that are fused to their spines. They work for a corporation that recovers objects for wealthy people when their houses are burning. It is strictly forbidden for them to veer from their salvage missions, even when other humans are in danger. The protagonist decides to make an exception to this rule and that is the jumping off point.
        Market August 13, 2019    Sold August 13, 2019
        Producer Reese Witherspoon, Simon Kinberg, Audrey Chon, Lauren Neustadter
        Actor Reese Witherspoon
        Studio Netflix
        Production Hello Sunshine, Genre Films
        8-13-2019 - Per Deadline, six studios chased this package and that Sony Pictures was among the finalists.
      • Don't Worry Darling Set Up Thriller Written by Carey & Shane Van Dyke
        A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath. Described as a psychological thriller for the Time's Up era.
        Market July 29, 2019    Sold August 12, 2019
        Director Olivia Wilde
        Producer Katie Silberman, Roy Lee, Olivia Wilde
        Agent Trevor Astbury (CAA)
        Manager Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg (Kaplan/Perrone)
        Production Vertigo Entertainment
        Studio New Line
        7-31-2019 - Had 18 companies bidding on the spec package at one point, including Netflix, Legendary, Blumhouse, and FilmNation, MGM, Apple, and Village Roadshow. 8-12-2019 - Per Deadline, the bidding narrowed to 3 companies and Olivia Wilde has chosen New Line to finance and distribute.
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