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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.

       
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      • 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.
      • Love Hard Comedy Rom-Com Set Up Written by Danny Mackey & Rebecca Ewing
        The spec is a rom-com described as “When Harry Met Sally” meets “Roxanne” (1987), though the specific plot details are being kept under wraps.
        Market August 1, 2019    Sold August 1, 2019
        Producer Mary Viola, McG
        Agent  (Verve)
        Manager  (Echo Lake)
        Production Wonderland Sound & Vision
        Studio Netflix
        8-1-2019 - This sale occurred during the ATA-WGA Standoff. Mackey was previously at Paradigm. Mackey and Ewing are now both repped by Verve. “Love Hard” is the first script the two have written as a pair.
      • Versus Action Set Up Written by Alex Litvak
        A high-concept international thriller that has a badass Running Man meets Bloodsport vibe.
        Market August 1, 2019    Sold August 1, 2019
        Producer Kelly McCormick, David Leitch
        Manager  (Fourth Wall )
        Agent  (Verve)
        Studio Universal Pictures
        Production 87North Productions
        8-1-2019 - This sale happened during the ATA-WGA standoff. Litvak was previously at UTA. Verve, which signed the WGA code of conduct in May, reps Finch. The purchase was said to have been preemptive.
      • Just. One. Kiss. Rom-Com Set Up Written by Dennis Curlett
        After she's caught lying to her mother about being engaged, a 32-year-old interior designer wakes up the next day to discover she suddenly has the ability to see the entire lifespan of any potential relationship with just one kiss.
        Market May 31, 2019    Sold June 20, 2019
        Producer Dylan Clark
        Agent David Boxerbaum (Verve)
        Manager Adam Kolbrenner (Lit Entertainment)
        Studio Netflix
        Production Dylan Clark Productions
        6-20-2019 - This was said to be an auction and occurred during the ATA-WGA standoff. Verve reps Dennis Curlett.
      • Bad Dog Comedy Set Up Available Written by Jeff Bushell
        When Satan’s favorite hell hound, Bub, is booted out of hell by a jealous rival, he is mistakenly adopted by a single dad and his two kids. Despite his bad ways, Bub soon begins to embrace his goodness and falls in love with the family. When Satan wants his dog back and Bub refuses, he must protect his new family from the fury of hell
        Market February 11, 2019    Sold June 11, 2019
        Producer Eugenio Derbez , Ben Odell
        Agent Jennifer Good (Paradigm)
        Manager Russell Hollander (Hollander Entertainment)
        Studio Lionsgate
        Production 3Pas Entertainment, Point Grey
        6-1-2019 - Per Deadline, this deal was brokered by Paradigm, manager Russell Hollander, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead and was completed prior to the expiration of the franchise agreement between the WGA and ATA.
      • And Then He Dies No Agent Sci-Fi Thriller Available Written by David Guggenheim
        After her husband dies in a mid-air plane explosion, his wife starts receiving phone calls coming from him on board his doomed flight.  It's now up to her to unlock the mystery of the plane explosion before the conspirators behind the bombing can stop her and her husband is gone forever.
        Market May 30, 2019    Sold May 30, 2019
        Producer Adam Kolbrenner
        Manager Adam Kolbrenner (Lit Entertainment)
        Studio Sony
        Production Lit Entertainment
      • Don't Go In The Water Set Up Thriller Written by Peter Gaffney
        A Suspensful Monster Movie.
        Market May 29, 2019    Sold May 29, 2019
        Producer Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Adam Rodin
        Agent David Boxerbaum, Parker Davis (Verve)
        Manager  (Old Soul Entertainment)
        Production 21 Laps
        Studio Universal Pictures
        5-29-2019 - Per Deadline, Universal paid high to mid six figures. Gaffney was previously repped by UTA but is now repped by Verve. This occurred during the ATA-WGA standoff and was the first spec sale since Verve signed the WGA code of conduct.
      • Rubble Set Up Thriller Written by Patrick Pittis
        Under wraps, but described as a conntained thriller with a big sci-fi twist.
        Market April 22, 2019    Sold April 22, 2019
        Agent  (Verve)
        Manager  (Good Fear)
        Studio Universal Pictures
        Production Dylan Clark Productions
        4-22-2019 - This sale was reported to be competitive and landed at mid-six figures per Deadline. This is the first spec sale following the WGA-ATA standoff that has resulted in thousands of writers firing their agents. Pittis was a movie usher when he wrote this, and was not in the WGA.
      • Pink Skies Ahead Comedy Set Up Written by Kelly Oxford
        After discovering she has an anxiety disorder, a woman leaves college and moves back in with her parents.
        Market March 19, 2019    Sold March 26, 2019
        Producer Adam Hendricks, Greg Gilreath, Greg Silverman, Lisa Zambri, Gideon Yu, Zac Locke Esq
        Director Kelly Oxford
        Actor Jessica Barden
        Agent Greg Hodes, Tanya Cohen (WME)
        Manager Brad Petrigala (Brillstein Entertainment Partners)
        Production Divide/Conquer, Stampede
      • All Fun And Games Set Up Thriller Written by J.J. Braider
        A horrific entity is unleashed when two kids are playing a game while they are being babysat by their cruel cousin.
        Market March 15, 2019    Sold March 20, 2019
        Producer Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
        Agent David Boxerbaum, Nicholas Mohebbi (Verve), Will Rowbotham (3 Arts Entertainment)
        Manager Luke Maxwell (3 Arts Entertainment)
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