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Elston Gunn's WEEKLY SCRIPT REPORT (Major Sales, Events, and other News!)

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* Brian Carr's supernatural thriller script INTO THE ETHER was picked up by Dimension Films for Raffaella De Laurentiis to produce about a young female doctor and her residency in a haunted Boston hospital.

* Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring (upcoming MEXICALI) will write a sequel to New Line's soon-to-be-produced pic DIABLO about a mysterious figure who takes over a drug cartel. The sequel's plot is still being worked out while the first pic starts shooting Nov. 28 with F. Gary Gray (THE NEGOTIATOR) behind the camera.

* Harris Goldberg (DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO) will write an adaptation of David Carakeet's novel THE FULL CATASTROPHE for the big screen. Bel-Air Entertainment and Automatic Pictures will produce the pic. The story centers on a guy who takes on his brother's identity as a marriage counselor and ultimately tries to save the relationship of a couple whose marriage is doomed due to his incompetence.

* Phoenix Pictures acquired MR & MRS. JONES, a screenplay by Joshua Krist and Allison Robinson about a married woman's one-night stand with an obsessive billionaire who is also the chief investor in her hubby's business.

* Jon Lucas and Scott Moore will pen a rewrite of the comedy remake LOVE CRAZY for Warner Bros. Pictures. The original film was about a man who fakes insanity to postpone his divorce. However, heis so convincing with his charade, he is committed and tries to break out of the asylum to reconcile his marriage.

* Rich Dahm's script MY CANADIAN GIRLFRIEND, based on an article in the Onion, was picked up by DreamWorks for Montecito Pictures to produce. It's about a high school student who claims to have the most beautiful girlfriend in the worldis about a high schooler who becomes popular after claiming to have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world and becomes popular as a result. However, no one has ever seen her because she supposedly lives in Canada.

* John Logan (GLADIATOR, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, RKO 281) will write the 10th installment of the STAR TREK franchise for Paramount Pictures. Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner will star. Logan is also writing the Howard Hughes biopic for director Michael Mann.

* Don Rhymer (BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE) will rewrite Universal's CHAOS THEORY based on a script by Finn Taylor (DREAM WITH THE FISHES). It's about an insurance risk assessor and his female partner falling in love while investigating a series of bizarre accidents. Rhymer is currently penning two sequels: JUMANJI II for Sony and SANTA CLAUSE 2 for Disney.

* Michael Colleary and Michael Werb (FACE/OFF) will write an untitled drama for John Woo to direct. The plot is being kept under wraps, but it is said to not be an action/effects-driven story.

* Robert Nelson Jacobs (CHOCOLAT) will pen a rewrite of THE SHIPPING NEWS for director Lasse Hallstrom and Miramax, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Annie L. Proulx. Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore will star.

* The Canton Co. picked up Adam Gibgot's drama script PRICE about an Internet entrepreneur who suffers a nervous breakdown and is instituionalized, but finds out through the internet that a bunch of hishigh school pals were suffering from similar symptoms. They begin to wonder if their illnesses somehow correspond with a kid they used to tease, but who now is now in a position to get revenge as he works for the Department of Defense. Gibgot is also writing CONFIDENCE MEN with Toby Emmerich about a two conmen who are recruited by the CIA.

* Fox 2000 bought the spec MARCUS BRYANT: GHOST DETECTIVE from Bennett and Steve Scheneir about a streetwise cop who begins seeing ghosts after a near-death experience.

* Mark Perez sold his script CAP'N RICKY...ALSO FEATURING KARL to Kiowelt USA. It's about the pilot of an amusement park jungle boat ride.

* Gaylord Films picked up Keith Mitchell's comedy script OFF-TRACK about a cab driver who becomes a pro auto racer to save his family's taxi company.

* Columbia Pictures picked up UNTITLED SMOKEJUMPERS PITCH by Mark Mullin, who will write the action script about an FBI agent who goes undercover into an elite smokejumpers unit to find out which one of the forest firefighters is a murderer.

* Jon Favreau will co-write the romantic comedy project to star Ray Romano and Kevin James for Paramount Pictures/Alphaville.

I'm intrigued that the STAR TREK franchise tapped John Logan to write their next installment, but my pick of the week goes to MY CANADIAN GIRLFRIEND, because if it's half as funny as the Onion, then I'm there.

-- Elston Gunn

(Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

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