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October 2001 Script Sales

  • Burying Ben
    Genre: Drama
    Buyer: John Wells Prods.
    Producer: Kristin Harms, John Wells
    Logline: After the suicide of his son, a self-made millionaire has an affair with the son's girlfriend.
    Additional Information: This was a preemptive sale for the "Billy Elliot" writer.

  • The Fan Man
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Steven Martin
    Buyer: Radical Media
    Logline: Story of a bohemian named Horse Badorties, who during the 1960's has lots of misadventures trying to put on a huge outdoor concert in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
    Additional Information: The book written by William Kotzwinkle's (who is repped by ICM's Ron Bernstein) and will be adapted and directed by documentary filmmaker Steven Martin.


  • Hearts Do Not in Eye's Shine
    Genre: Sci-fi
    Writer: Glen Morgan, James Wong
    Producer: Glen Morgan, James Wong, Ralph Vicinanza, Vince Gerardis
    Logline: Couple who is having marital problems agree to a therapy where bad memories are erased form both of their minds. After the therapy is over, the wife quickly starts to worry about what was taken from her memory and whether it were the same bad memories that were extracted from her husband.
    Additional Information: Screenplay will be based on a short story written by John Kessel. Jim Wong will direct. This project has not been set up as of yet.


  • Son of the Mob
    Genre: Drama / Romance
    Buyer: Jane Startz Prods.
    Producer: Jane Startz
    Logline: Son of a crime family falls in love with the daughter of an FBI agent.
    Additional Information: Author of the novel is Gordon Korman. Jane Startz Prods. has a first-look deal with Miramax. Book agent Bill Brattan of Curtis Brown brokered the deal. No screenwriter is attached.


  • Southside Saints
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Phil Beauman
    Buyer: DreamWorks SKG
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Producer: Happy Walters, Matt Weaver, Cary Woods
    Logline: Unlucky high school basketball coach has his hands full after he recruits players from the local juvenile detention center.
    Additional Information: Immortal Entertainment will produce for Dreamworks.

  • Fire and Water
    Genre: Drama / Military
    Writer: Jared Butler, Lars Norberg
    Buyer: Davis Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox
    Producer: John Davis
    Logline: International commandos raid a Nazi outpost in Norway where the Third Reich is developing an atomic bomb.
    Additional Information: John Moore might direct. Purchase was made out of Davis Entertainment's discretionary fund.

  • Imagining Argentina
    Genre: Supernatural love story
    Writer: Christopher Hampton
    Buyer: Myriad Pictures
    Producer: Geoff Lamb, Michael Peyerser, Diane Fillen
    Logline: Theater director in Argentina during the Peron era, has the ability to look into people's faces and see what happens to their loved ones; many whom are missing or will be. Story takes a twist when the theater director's wife turns up missing.
    Additional Information: Written by Lawrence Thornton. Antonio Banderas will play the lead and Christopher Hampton will direct his adaptation of the book. . Exec producers will be Kirk D'Amico, Philip von Alvensleben and Lucas Foster. Emma Thompson is in talks to play the co-lead.

  • In Search Of Captain Zero
    Genre: Memoir
    Writer: Alan Weisbecker
    Buyer: Radar Pictures
    Producer: Sean Penn, Ted Field
    Logline: Memoir of a hardcore surfer whose best friend, "Captain Zero," disappeared and inspired Weisbecker to sell his home and travel through the Central American underworld to find him.
    Additional Information: Autobiography written by Alan Weisbecker who will also write the screenplay. Sean Penn is attached to star and produce. Stacy Peralta will direct. Book will be published in March by Putnam.

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    Genre: Teen comedy
    Buyer: Warner Bros.
    Purchase Price: High-six figures
    Producer: Chase, Debra Martin
    Logline: Four lifelong friends all sixteen years old, separate for the summer but are linked together by a pair of jeans they have all worn. Each will keep the pants for two weeks of her trip, before exchanging them with the next girl. Each faces serious coming-of-age problems, and somehow the pants help them through.
    Additional Information: Written by Ann Brasheres. No screenwriter is attached.

  • Wandering Warrior
    Genre: Teen Martial Arts
    Buyer: Warner Bros.
    Producer: Larry Brezner, Walter Hamada, Jonathan Hung
    Logline: Described as "Harry Potter" in the world of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Set in 19th century China, story is about a boy raised by monks and trained to fight a mortal enemy.
    Additional Information: Written by Chinese author Da Chen. Random House will publish book next year. No screenwriter is attached. Film will be produced in Chinese.

  • Resolution
    Genre: Horror
    Writer: Jon Hurwitz , Hayden Schlossberg
    Buyer: Phoenix Pictures
    Producer: Lauren Lloyd, Paul Young, Peter Principato
    Logline: A group of friends make a new year's resolution in the name of a college acquaintance who died a few years back. When two of friends die in a horrific way, the rest of the group realize something is terribly wrong and must do whatever they can to save themselves.
    Additional Information: Picture will be developed under Phoenix Pictures new genre division.


  • Sword of Hercules
    Genre: Action / Adventure
    Writer: Bernard, Sam
    Buyer: Sobini Films
    Producer: Mark Amin, Robin Schorr
    Logline: A young prince along with a mercenary and a beautiful pickpocket set out on a treacherous journey to find Hercules who might be hidden inside a mountain home. Their goal is to get Hercules to help them fight a barbarian horde.
    Additional Information: The Lions Gate-based company is hoping to put this project before the cameras in early 2002.

  • This Magic Moment
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Gary Goldstein
    Buyer: Endless Entertainment Group
    Producer: Danny Gold, Kerry David
    Logline: A 19-year-old movie buff loses his virginity to a famous actress when she comes to his small town.
    Additional Information: Randall Kleiser will direct.

  • The Watchmen
    Genre: Action
    Writer: David Hayter
    Buyer: Universal
    Purchase Price: Seven-figures
    Logline: Set in the 1950s, an ordinary guy puts on a mask and superhero costume and starts fighting three bad guys. He's joined by others who take on the same pursuit, until a law is passed that forces them to hang up their capes. Storyline for the feature version will begin with the mysterious murder of a couple of the former crime fighters.
    Additional Information: Adaptation of the DC Comic by the screenwriter of X-Men. Universal is in discussions with producer Larry Gordon to option the rights to the series, which he owns. Gordon would then produce the picture for the studio.

  • Barbarians At The Plate
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Alan Zweibel
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox/ Davis Entertainment
    Producer: John Davis, Wyck Godfrey
    Logline: To get closer to his son, a dad becomes commissioner of his kid's Little League. Once the battles take place on the field, dad finds that the parents act more like children than the children do.
    Additional Information: Based on the screenwriter's real-life experiences. It was written up as an article for Los Angeles Magazine.

  • The Bride Wore Black
    Genre: Supernatural comedy
    Writer: Maurice Chauvet
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox
    Logline: A young guy attends the wedding of his childhood sweetheart, only to fall in love with the hotel's resident ghost (Portman).
    Additional Information: Natalie Portman is attached to star.

  • Foreign Exchange
    Genre: Comedy / Teenage
    Writer: Bill Fritz, Kurt Voelker
    Buyer: MTV Films Paramount
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Logline: Two guys meet a female foreign exchange student and are so taken by her beauty that they decide they must go to her homeland in search of more like her, only to find out that she is a total anomaly.


  • Lydia
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Eugene Lebowitz
    Buyer: A Happy Place Prods.
    Logline: Story is about a shrink who seeks out a woman who's largely responsible for his practice because she broke the hearts of so many of his patients. The shrink finds himself smitten by the heartbreaker.
    Additional Information: Script was based on an idea by Dotty Archibald. A Happy Place Productions, is run by 'N Sync member Lance Bass, Rich Hull and Wendy Thorlakson.

  • The Ride Down Mount Morgan
    Genre: Satire
    Writer: Jesse Wigutow
    Buyer: Artists Prod. Group / StudioCanal
    Logline: Satire on the state of marriage.
    Additional Information: Arthur Miller wrote the play. APG and Studio Canal will develop it for the big screen in conjunction with Michael Douglas, who will co-star. Milos Forman might come aboard to develop and direct the project.
    UPDATE: Jesse Wigutow has been hired to adapt. Marcy Drogan will co-produce. Michael Douglas will star. Project was originally set up on 08/16/01.

  • Alexander The Great
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Peter Buchman, Christopher McQuarrie
    Buyer: Canton Co., The Senator
    Producer: Gianni Nunari, Ken Kokin, Mark Canton
    Logline: Based on the life and battles of Alexander the Great, who conquered most of the world before he was 25.
    Additional Information: It will be budgeted at $85m and be directed by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects"). It will be a co-production between The Canton Co. and McQuarrie's Aquaba Prods.
    UPDATE: Martin Scorcese will now direct. Leonardo DiCaprio will star. This was originally set up in December of 2000 with The Canton Co. It will now be produced by Graham King in association with Buchman, McQuarrie, Kenneth Kokin, DiCaprios Appian Way and Scorseses Cappa Prods. IEG will fully finance and handle worldwide distribution.

  • Bad Boys II
    Genre: Action / Comedy
    Writer: Cormac Wibberly, Marianne Wibberly
    Buyer: Columbia Pics. / Jerry Bruckheimer Films
    Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
    Logline: Sequel to the 1995 hit.
    Additional Information: Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have expressed interest. The screenwriters wrote "The 6th Day," which they sold on spec.
    UPDATE: Michael Bay might direct this project which was originally set up on 4/09/01.


  • Glam
    Genre: Action / Comedy
    Writer: Scott, Darin
    Buyer: Walt Disney Pics.
    Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six
    Producer: Chase, Debra Martin
    Logline: Brooklyn hairdresser is recruited by the government and sent on a dangerous secret mission to the French Riviera.

  • The Owl
    Genre: Thriller
    Writer: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
    Buyer: Revolution Studios
    Producer: Lawrence Gordon
    Logline: After his pregnant wife is murdered, a cop (known as the Owl since he never sleeps) turns vigilante. He is also hired by a woman to find her sister's killer and soon realizes that this case is linked to his wife's murder.
    Additional Information: Based on the novel by Robert Forward. It will be directed by Dave Meyers who directs music videos. The project is on the fast track.

  • Sophie and the Rising Sun
    Genre: Drama / Romance
    Writer: Robert Harling
    Buyer: Pandora
    Producer: Wendy Finerman
    Logline: Story is about a small-town Georgian who falls in love with a Japanese-American gardener in 1941. The relationship takes a turn after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when Sophie and the gardener's landlady hide him.
    Additional Information: Novel was written by Augusta Trobaugh. Screenwriter Harling has written "The First Wives Club" screenplay as well as "Steel Magnolias."

  • Swift
    Genre: Supernatural thriller
    Writer: Stephen Cornwell
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox / Scott Free Prods.
    Logline: A young detective investigating a series of brutal murders, finds himself at the center of an escalating battle between supernatural forces of good and evil.
    Additional Information: This is the first deal as part of Scott Free's new first-look, three year pact with Fox. Lisa Ellzey, who found project for Scott Free, will produce in some capacity

  • Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Ryan Murphy
    Buyer: DreamWorks SKG Yorktown Prods.
    Producer: Norman Jewison, Gayle Fraser Baigelman
    Logline: Story is about a closet romantic about to get married to the perfect man...except for his secret obsession with Audrey Hepburn. When he leaves her at the altar, shes comforted by her best man, and they begin a torrid romance fueled by their mutual love for the novel, Breakfast At Tiffanys. Ultimately, the fianc´┐Żcomes back to claim his bride.
    UPDATE: Myriad Pictures will finance, produce and distribute. Since Dreamworks held the films rights, they have been controlled by Lakeshore, Miracle Entertainment and now Myriad. Screenwriter Murphy will direct. Screenplay was originally sold on 12/13/95.

  • Jeremy Leven Untitled Project
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Jeremy Leven
    Buyer: Castle Rock
    Producer: Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman, Todd Black
    Logline: Story is about a writer who hires a beautiful stenographer to transcribe his work. As she takes down his story, the two fall in love and he is forced to come to terms with his own life as an artist.
    Additional Information: Not a spec sale but an announcement that this project will be the first to come out of a new partnership formed by Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman that will be based at Castle Rock. It will be exec produced by Peter Guber, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch.

  • Keep It Cool
    Genre: Children
    Writer: Brad Kaaya
    Buyer: Universal Jersey Films
    Logline: Story is about the adventures of two kids in Harlem who try to raise money to go to summer camp, but things keep going awry.
    Additional Information: Described as "Little Rascals" meets a younger version of "Friday." Magic Johnson is co-producing.

  • Preaching Ain't Easy
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Cedric The Entertainer, William Stokes
    Buyer: Universal / Overbrook Entertainment
    Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six
    Producer: Eric Rhone
    Logline: Four preachers get together to save their church in highly unique and funny ways.
    Additional Information: Cedric "The Entertainer" and his manager Eric Rhone gave the pitch. Rhone will produce along with Will Smith's Overlook Entertainment.
    UPDATE: Sale was originally made on 10/23/2000 as a pitch. Cedric The Entertainer and William Stokes wrote the screenplay. Brad Kaaya has just been hired to do a rewrite.

  • Top Banana
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn
    Buyer: Miramax / Red Hour Films
    Purchase Price: Low-six figures
    Producer: Michael Aguliar, Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller
    Logline: Three struggling comics enter a comedy competition in a last-ditch attempt at fame.


  • The Alamo
    Genre: True Story
    Writer: John Sayles
    Buyer: Walt Disney Pics./ Imagine
    Purchase Price: Seven figures
    Producer: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
    Logline: Story of the great Texas battle that took place. It will be written in the same vein as "Braveheart."
    Additional Information: Ron Howard might direct.

  • Along The Scenic Route
    Genre: Sci-fi / Action
    Writer: Cyrus Vorris, Ethan Reiff
    Buyer: Paramount
    Producer: Topher Dow
    Logline: Set in the future when traffic disputes are settled by a duel.
    Additional Information: Screenplay will be based on a story by Harlan Ellison. Alex Proyas ("The Crow") will direct.

  • Flying Smiths
    Genre: Romantic drama
    Writer: George Wing
    Buyer: Working Title Films
    Producer: Alix Madigan, Larry Kennar, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
    Logline: Ambitious trapeze artist's dreams are dashed when a tiger scratches one of his eyes. He travels to Italy to get a new glass eye but it's swallowed by the child of a local woman with whom he falls in love.
    Additional Information: Working Title is still in negotiations on this project. Might be a star vehicle for off-screen couple Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Film will be produced by Alix Madigan and Larry Kennar of Anonymous Content, (which manages the writer) along with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

  • The Mules
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Hope Royaltey, Katie Ford
    Buyer: USA Films
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Logline: Two bored Long Island housewives accept a free to trip to Italy as part of an easy money art smuggling scheme. While in Italy they run into trouble with the Mafia and the FBI.


  • Perfume: The Story of A Murderer
    Genre: Thriller
    Writer: Caroline Thompson
    Buyer: Constantin Films
    Purchase Price: $ 5 mil / $ 8 mil
    Producer: Bernd Eichinger
    Logline: An 18th century Parisian becomes a serial killer because of an obsession with smell.
    Additional Information: Written by Munich-based Patrick Suskind. The novel was published in Germany 1981. Ridley Scott is scheduled to direct.

  • Puberty
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Patton Oswalt
    Buyer: New Line / Red Hour Films
    Producer: Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld
    Logline: Male in his thirties begins to experience the effects of puberty for the first time.


  • Stay
    Genre: Supernatural thriller
    Writer: David Benioff
    Buyer: Regency
    Purchase Price: $1.8 mil.
    Producer: Tom Lassally
    Logline: Psychologist at an Ivy League university attempts to prevent one of his students from committing suicide. In the same vein as "The Others" and "The Sixth Sense."
    Additional Information: Regency outbid five other companies for this one.

  • Aquamarine
    Genre: Teen Drama
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 2000
    Purchase Price: Up to seven figures
    Logline: Two girls discover a mermaid in the pool of their neighborhood beach club. When the mermaid develops a crush on a boy who works at the club, the girls have to plot to return her to the sea to save her life.
    Additional Information: Written by "Practical Magic" author Alice Hoffman. No screenwriter is attached.


  • Happily Ever After
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Kirsten Buckley, Brian Regan
    Buyer: Intermedia
    Producer: Mark Johnson
    Logline: Exploits of a female character from a romantic comedy who is suddenly thrust into the "real" world. She's behind on her rent, the homeless aren't cute or funny; in other words the world is a tough place.

  • Heart Of The Atom
    Genre: Romantic thriller
    Writer: Jan Eliasberg
    Buyer: Propaganda /Mandolin Films
    Producer: Luis Mandoki, Mimi Gitlin, Marlise Karlin, James Egan
    Logline: Story is set during the race between the Allies and the Germans to build the atomic bomb. It follows a top interrogator in the U.S. Army who is sent to Los Alamos, N.M., to track down a spy who is believed to be sending secrets to the head of the Nazi nuclear bomb program. Things go awry when our hero falls in love with a female scientist, who happens to be the Army's prime suspect.
    Additional Information: Luis Mandoki will direct and produce. His company has a first-look deal with Propaganda.

  • The Hot Chick
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Tom Brady, Rob Schneider
    Buyer: Walt Disney Pics.
    Producer: John Schneider
    Logline: Mean-spirited teenage girl wakes up one day to see that she has been transformed in a thirty year old guy. While trying to figure out what happened and return to being a girl, she learns about herself.
    Additional Information: Rob Schneider has been signed to star. Tom Brady will direct. Adam Sandler's company, Happy Madison might produce along with Rob's brother, John Schneider.

  • Provocative
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Steven Barancik
    Buyer: DreamWorks SKG
    Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six
    Producer: Lindsay Doran
    Logline: An honest cop is betrayed by his fellow officers. A sexy lawyer whom he falls for, convinces him to go against everything he believes to bring down the conspiring cops.
    Additional Information: Producer Lindsay Doran developed the script with Barancik for several months. Her Three Angels Motion Pictures will produce for DreamWorks. The script will be sent out to directors shortly.

  • Speed Racer
    Genre: Action / Adventure
    Writer: Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring
    Buyer: Warner Bros.
    Purchase Price: High-six figures / $1.2 mil
    Producer: Joel Silver
    Logline: Story is about Speed Racer, whose Mach 5 could jump, go underwater or clear a path of trees. Speed has a girlfriend named Trixie, a kid brother Spritle and pet monkey Chim-Chim and together they battle the bad guys.
    Additional Information: Based on the classic animated series. Hype Williams is attached to direct the picture, which would be produced by Joel Silver and the Donners Co.

  • Swinging On A Star
    Genre: Black Comedy
    Writer: Kathy Gori, Alan Berger
    Buyer: Dakota Pictures
    Logline: Story is about a family of California highway patrolmen, centering on two cousins who are into wife-swapping.
    Additional Information: Troy Miller might direct.


  • The Cinderella Man
    Genre: Biography
    Writer: Cliff Hollingsworth, Charlie Mitchell
    Buyer: Universal Miramax
    Logline: Story of Jim Braddock who was known as the Cinderella Man when he rose from obscurity to defeat heavyweight champ Max Baer in a grueling 15-round battle in 1935.
    Additional Information: Lasse Halstrom has signed on to direct. Russell Crowe has been offered the lead role.


  • Down With Love
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 2000
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Producer: Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
    Logline: Feminist writer finds herself involved with a womanizing journalist.
    UPDATE: Renee Zellweger might star. Project was sold on 02/17/2000. Peyton Reed will direct.

  • Fuqua Spy Thriller Project
    Genre: Thriller
    Writer: Mark James
    Buyer: Myriad Pictures
    Producer: Lucas Foster, Kirk D'Amico, Phillip von Alvensleben
    Logline: Story is about two CIA agents -- one or both of whom might work for the Russians.
    Additional Information: Not a spec sale but an announcement that Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") will direct this project for Myriad Pictures.


  • Party Animals
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Jeff Rothberg
    Buyer: Universal Silver Prods., Casey
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Logline: In order to avoid capture by pet dealers, an endangered lizard infiltrates a group of eccentric reptiles that perform at children's birthday parties.
    Additional Information: This was a preemptive purchase that came out of Silver's discretionary fund. It will be a live action and cgi animated project.

  • Shrek Sequel
    Genre: Family
    Writer: Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio
    Buyer: DreamWorks SKG
    Additional Information: The writing team of Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot will be back to write the sequel to the mega hit.
    UPDATE: David Stem and David Weiss are now writing the remake. The team has written "Clockstoppers" which was produced by Gale Anne Hurd.


  • Genghis
    Genre: Action / Adventure
    Writer: Craig Titley
    Buyer: MGM / Zide Perry
    Purchase Price: $400k / $800k
    Producer: Marc Platt, Warren Zide, Craig Perry
    Logline: Based on the true story of an expedition that was organized by Chicago commodities trader and lawyer Maury Kravitz to find the lost tomb of Genghis Khan. It written in the vein of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "City Slickers."
    Additional Information: Zide/Perry which has a three year, first-look deal with MGM will produce.

  • The Great Raid
    Genre: Drama / Military
    Writer: Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
    Buyer: Miramax
    Producer: Marty Katz
    Logline: During World War II, a group of U.S. soldiers, led by an ambitious young colonel are sent to liberate American prisoners of war from a Japanese camp in the Philippines.
    Additional Information: Not a spec sale. John Dahl ("Joy Ride") is negotiating to direct. Johnny Depp might star.

  • Half Past Dead
    Genre: Action
    Writer: Don Michael Paul
    Buyer: Franchise Pictures
    Logline: Criminal masterminds a plan to infiltrate a prison in an attempt to persuade a death row inmate to help him find $200 million in gold from an old heist.
    Additional Information: Rapper Ja Rule will co-star opposite Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut. Don Michael Paul will write and direct.

  • Brock Danger
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Greg Erb, Jason Oremland
    Buyer: Warner Bros./ Gaylord Films
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures
    Producer: Hunt Lowry, Casey La Scala
    Logline: Not so bright guy with unlimited resources travels the world righting wrongs and picking up relics along the way.


  • Cloud of Sparrows
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Takashi Matsuoka
    Buyer: Universal
    Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
    Logline: Story is about two warring 19th-century samurai lords and three American missionaries, who arrive in Japan just as the country is opening up to the West after centuries of isolation.
    Additional Information: The author, Takashi Matsuoka is repped by Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy have a first-look deal at Universal.


  • Human
    Genre: Sci-fi
    Writer: Miguel Sapochnik, Ivor Powell
    Producer: Lawrence Bender, Ivor Powell
    Logline: Set 100 years in the future, when genetically engineered human clones are used as slaves, story concerns one clone who defies the system and leads a rebellion against the human race.
    Additional Information: Based on Miguel Sapochnik and Ivor Powell's short film "The Dreamer." Sapochnik and Powell are writing the screenplay. Miguel Sapochnik to direct.

  • The Wrong Nine Year Old
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Mike Lisbe, Nate Reger
    Buyer: Pandemonium
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures
    Logline: Twentysomething guy's life is ruined when a classmate from grade school returns to seek revenge for a slight that occurred in the fourth grade.
    Additional Information: Scribes are TV writers. Project is on the fast track.

  • Fever Pitch
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 2000
    Producer: Alan Greenspan, Amanda Posey
    Logline: Statistics-obsessed math teacher uses his summers to follow the Boston Red Sox. Complications arise when he meets a women and must choose between her or "his team."
    Additional Information: Reamke of the 1997 British film which was based on the Nick Hornsby book. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel have been hired to Americanize the tale and change the focus from soccer to baseball, and specifically the fabled futility of the Boston Red Sox.

  • Freaknik
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Gregory Colleton, Edwardo Jackson
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox Searchlight Edmonds Ent.
    Producer: Tracey Edmonds, Patrick Polk, Nick Osborne
    Logline: A black version of "Road Trip" in which college students converge from across the country for an annual picnic in Atlanta called Freaknik.
    Additional Information: Co-production between Edmonds Entertainment's specialty film division e2 filmworks and Oz Films.

  • Gideon Force
    Genre: Historical drama
    Writer: Jim Uhls
    Buyer: Warner Bros.
    Purchase Price: $1 mil +
    Producer: Brian Grazer
    Logline: British general teams up with a black prince in order to liberate Ethiopia from Italian rule at the start of WWI.
    Additional Information: Pitch was given by journalist/author Howard Blum. "Fight Club" screenwriter Jim Uhls will adapt.

  • Intolerable Cruelty
    Genre: Black Comedy
    Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
    Buyer: Universal
    Producer: Ethan Coen, Brian Grazer, Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel
    Logline: Hollywood divorce lawyer finds himself the target of revenge by a client's ex-wife which gets a bit complicated when romance gets in the way.
    Additional Information: This project is based on a Coen brothers rewrite of a Mathew Stone, Robert Ramsey script. George Clooney will star. Over the years, Ron Howard, Andrew Bergman and Jonathan Demme have been attached to the project.

  • Sam and George
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Dean Georgaris
    Buyer: Paramount
    Purchase Price: Seven figures
    Producer: Lauren Shuler-Donner, Michael Aguilar
    Logline: Character-driven drama about a man who must deal with the consequences and life adjustments after being released from prison, where he spent time for a crime he did not commit.
    Additional Information: Mel Gibson might star, Richard Doner might direct. Deal also includes a blind script commitment from the writer for another script. Mel Gibson's Icon Prods. and the Donners Co. will produce for Paramount.


  • Vigilante
    Genre: Action / Thriller
    Writer: Chris Hauty
    Buyer: Studio Canal /Artists Prod. Group
    Producer: Edward Burns, Edward Lubin
    Logline: A liberal newspaper columnist searches for the criminal gang responsible for his wife's murder, only to find himself the target of a rogue cop.
    Additional Information: This was a preemptive sale. Edward Burns is attached to star. Pitch was created and developed by Edward Burns, producer Aaron Lubin and screenwriter Chris Hauty.

  • Crime Of Honor
    Genre: Thriller
    Writer: Seth Pearlman
    Buyer: Phoenix Pics.
    Producer: Leonard Goldberg, Vincent Malle, Neil Koenigsberg
    Logline: Set in NY, story is about a woman whose plan to have her lover kill her husband goes awry when teens steal his getaway car, commit a murder of their own and pin it on the lover.
    Additional Information: This will be an updated remake of "Elevator To The Gallows," a 1957 film directed by Louis Malle. Rights were controlled by Malle's brother, Vincent Malle, who has produced many of his brother's films.
    UPDATE: Michael Radford ("Il Postino') has signed on to direct. Originally set up on 05/01/2001.

  • Darkness In Him
    Genre: Thriller
    Buyer: Eagle Cove Deluxe Ent. Panoptic Pics.
    Producer: Tony Ludwig, Tony Riche
    Logline: A pre-law student's perfect life is disrupted when he gets a fraternity brother's girlfriend pregnant and opts to kill her rather than suffer the consequences.
    Additional Information: Novel was written by Andrew Lyons. Joel Gotler of AMG/Renaissance recently sold the publishing rights to St. Martins Press in a low to mid-six figure deal. Book is expected to be published in Fall 2002.

  • Famine
    Genre: Thriller
    Writer: Todd Komarnicki
    Buyer: Atlantic Streamline
    Producer: Laura Bickford, Marco Weber, Vanessa Coifman
    Logline: Homicide detective discovers the corpse of a young man who appears to have starved himself to death. As the cop investigates, his own past begins to intertwine with the victim's.
    Additional Information: Published by Arcade Publishing in January 1997. Screenwriter Kormarnicki will also direct. Laura Bickford produced "Traffic."

  • Howl
    Genre: Horror / Thriller
    Writer: Jonathan Lemkin
    Buyer: Warner Bros.
    Purchase Price: High-six figures / low-seven
    Logline: A werewolf hunter who, after 500 years, corners his prey in modern-day Texas.
    Additional Information: Screenwriter Lemkin will make his directorial debut.


  • My Better Half
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Boyce Bugliari, Jamie McLaughlin
    Buyer: Universal Mostow-Lieberman
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures
    Producer: Lauren Lloyd
    Logline: A married couple on the verge of a divorce who switch bodies and set out to dismantle each other's lives.

  • Point Fury
    Genre: Psychological thriller
    Writer: Marc Moss
    Buyer: Warner Bros.
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Logline: Aspiring rock musician house-sits for a would-be benefactor and finds himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

  • Lady T. and Mojo Slim
    Genre: Action / Drama
    Writer: Eric Bernt
    Buyer: USA Films
    Producer: Larry Kennar
    Logline: Described as "Bonnie and Clyde" meets "Robin Hood." small-time crook who falls in love with a beat cop's daughter. The couple becomes the stuff of folk legend, stealing and giving the proceeds to the poor.
    Additional Information: Rapper Snoop Dog will star. Annonymous Content will produce for USA, where they have a first-look deal. Producer Kennar is Snoop Dog's manager.

  • Selling Time
    Genre: Supernatural thriller
    Writer: Dan McDermott
    Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 2000 Davis Ent.
    Purchase Price: High-six-figures / Low-seven
    Producer: John Davis
    Logline: Man who experiences the worst day of his life, relives it with unexpected results.
    Additional Information: Screenwriter is also an exec at Dreamworks.


  • Holla
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Byron Taylor
    Buyer: Rockstone Pictures
    Producer: Camille Irons, H.M. Coakley
    Logline: A TV star is stalked by a sociopath while stranded in a snow-covered hillside mansion with seven of her closest friends.
    Additional Information: This script was originally optioned in May of this year. This is an announcement that Rockstone will produce and finance the picture which will star Elise Neal ("The Hughleys"). It will be shot later this year and directed by Craig Ross Jr.

  • Moving Elliot
    Genre: Action / Comedy
    Writer: Rodgers, Adam German, Glenn
    Buyer: Universal
    Producer: Brett Ratner, Jay Stern, Michael Taylor
    Logline: While an FBI agent is transporting the bad guy to court, the FBI agent has a personal emergency which forces an unusual bond between the two.
    Additional Information: To be produced by Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment and Michael Taylor Prods. Brett Ratner has a first-look deal at New Line where he has several projects set up.


  • The Centaur
    Genre: Comedy
    Writer: Jack Angelo, Sam Brown
    Buyer: New Line
    Producer: Chris Bender, J.C. Spink
    Logline: Woman falls in love with a guy who turns out to be a centaur, (half-man/half-horse) brought to mortal life through the aid of magical potion.
    Additional Information: Management co. Benderspink will produce for New Line.


  • Love's Brother
    Genre: Romantic comedy
    Writer: Jan Sardi
    Buyer: Australian Film Finance Corp.
    Producer: Jane Scott, Sarah Radclyffe
    Logline: Set in the 1950s, story is about a bride who arrives Down Under from Italy and falls madly in love with her husband's brother.
    Additional Information: Not a spec sale but an announcement that Giovanni Ribisi and Australian actors Adam Garcia and Rose Byrne have been added to the cast of "Love's Brother." Writer Jan Sardi will have her directing debut on this picture and will begin shooting early 2002.

  • The Snow Prince
    Genre: Fantasy
    Writer: Lenore Andriel, Udana Power
    Buyer: Enlightenment Films Matador Pictures
    Producer: Lenore Andriel, Peter Watson-Wood
    Logline: Christmas story about an old curse and unrequited love from medieval times that changes a young widow's life when makes a sculpture of a prince out of snow. Her little girl's Christmas Eve prayer for a father is answered when the prince comes to life
    Additional Information: Directing assignment for Charles Jarrot ("Anne of a Thousand Days"). Script is based on an original story by Bernadette Elliott and Andrew Denemark.

  • Starsky and Hutch
    Genre: Action
    Buyer: Warner Bros. /Red Hour Films /Weed Road Pics.
    Producer: Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfield, Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig
    Logline: Feature version of the TV show.
    Additional Information: Todd Philips has come aboard to direct and develop the project which is out to writers.

  • Stuntman
    Writer: Sal Stabile, Andrew Wasser
    Buyer: Walt Disney Pics.
    Purchase Price: Mid six-figures
    Producer: Robert Simonds
    Logline: Lovable loser takes a job as a stuntman to win back the girl of his deams.
    Additional Information: Dave Sheridan will star.


  • Pearlstein Wrestling Project
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Rob Pearlstein
    Buyer: USA Films
    Logline: Based on GQ article which follows high school wrestlers and describes the effect the sport has on their lives. The pitch given by Pearlstein focuses on an eventful season that will determine the futures of members of a high school wrestling team.
    Additional Information: The GQ article "Grappling With Redemption," was written by Steven Rodrick. Screenwriter Pearlstein wrote "Ave. A" which was a finalist in this year's Project Greenlight competition.
    Comments: ICM appears to be active in signing screenplay competition winners and finalists.

  • The Ugly Little Boy
    Genre: Sci-fi
    Writer: Maples, Mike
    Buyer: Warner Bros./ Moving Pictures DiNovi Pictures
    Producer: Denise Di Novi
    Logline: Neanderthal child who is transported 40,000 years into the future, teams with a nurse who protects him from a group of scientists.
    Additional Information: This short story was written by Isaac Asimov.


  • Dark Sister
    Genre: Supernatural
    Writer: Lawrence O'Neil
    Buyer: Sobini Films
    Producer: Mark Amin, Robin Schorr
    Logline: Stay-at-home mom discovers a diary full of ancient remedies which gives her new powers of clairvoyance and also unleashes dark forces beyond her control.
    Additional Information: Author is Graham Joyce. Lawrence O'Neil is attached to adapt and direct. Shooting will begin early 2002.

  • Fred Cuny Project
    Genre: True Story
    Buyer: Intermedia /Red Wagon Prods.
    Producer: Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick
    Logline: Story of Fred Cuny, the peace negotiator and disaster relief expert who disappeared in Chechnya in 1995. He went there with two Russian doctors and an interpreter while attempting to bring about a Russian-Chechnyan cease fire.


  • Potter's Field
    Genre: Horror
    Writer: Dan Clark, Bo Zenga
    Buyer: Phoenix Pics.
    Logline: Kids in a "Scared Straight" program on must do their time by spending a night burying the dead at Potter's Field, (a cemetery for the poor) along with prisoners from Riker's Island. Although terrified of the prisoners, the kids find out that the island is haunted by a former prisoner who wants to give them grief.

  • Saira Shah Project
    Genre: Memoir
    Buyer: Miramax
    Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six
    Logline: Memoir of former U.K. TV network war correspondent, Saira Shah whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan in the 1960's.
    Additional Information: Shah's documentary, "Beneath the Veil," aired on CNN after the terrorist attacks. No screenwriter is attached.

  • Kung Fu Theater
    Genre: Satire
    Writer: Tom Jankiewicz
    Buyer: DreamWorks SKG
    Logline: While watching TV, comic book artist gets magically transported into a martial arts film -- one in which he recognizes all of the storylines and characters from his favorite Saturday afternoon martial arts movies.
    Additional Information: DreamWorks purchased project from Mandalay, which bought it September, 2000 for six figures. Music video helmer Nick Quested will direct. Jay Shrater co-wrote the story.
    UPDATE: Writers Greg Schaffer and Steve Joe have been tapped to do a rewrite of the Tom Jankiewicz script which was originally set up on 08/07/2001. Music video helmer Nick Quested remains attached for his feature debut.


  • Fire
    Genre: Action / Drama
    Buyer: DreamWorks SKG
    Purchase Price: Seven figures
    Producer: Scott Steindorff
    Logline: This is a fictionalized account of a mammoth wilderness fire in a small Northeastern town and the fire-fighters who battle it.
    Additional Information: This is a work-in-progress written by Sebastian Junger ("The Perfect Storm"), who is repped by UTA and NY book agent Stuart Krichevsky. gent . It was conceived from articles about firefighting that Junger wrote for "Men's Journal" in the early 1990's. No screenwriter is attached.
    UPDATE: Dreamworks has come aboard and purchased the material for seven figures. It was originally set up at Pandemonium on 04/25/2001.

  • A Fistful Of Candy
    Genre: Comedy / Adventure
    Writer: Mike Bender
    Buyer: Columbia Pics.
    Purchase Price: Mid-six figures / high-six
    Logline: During Halloween, a group of young kids get back at an older group of kids who every year steal their Halloween haul of candy treats.
    Additional Information: Fistful" was developed by and will be produced by management and production company Bender Spink and Karz Entertainment.

  • Neighborhood Kids (aka Monster Kids)
    Genre: Animation
    Writer: Matt Cunningham, Erik Gardner
    Buyer: Walt Disney Feature Animation
    Purchase Price: Low-six figures
    Producer: Robert Efford
    Logline: Kids with super powers must rescue their parents from evil scientists.
    Additional Information: This is on the fast track as a feature CGI animated project.

  • On Green Dolphin Street
    Genre: Drama
    Writer: Hood, Kevin
    Buyer: Ecosse Films
    Producer: Douglas Rae
    Logline: Story is set in late 1950s America, against the backdrop of the presidential race between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It centers upon an affair between a British diplomat's wife and a Washington reporter.
    Additional Information: Ecosse Films is U.K. based. Author of book is Sebastian Faulks. Gillian Armstrong might direct.
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