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

- Jerry Bruckheimer Films purchased the romantic comedy spec MAIL ORDER SPY from Charlie Vignola. It's about a mild-mannered computer genius whose mail-order bride turns out to be a Russian spy.

- Producer Michael Besman and writer Nicole Eastman are developing an update of the 1935 romantic comedy THE GILDED LILY for Universal Pictures.

- Artists Production Group and Studio Canal have acquired the Herman Raucher script ARA/FROOM, based on Raucher's novel MAYNARD'S HOUSE, about a Vietnam soldier who inherits a house in Maine after the war only to discover that it's possessed by the spirit of a witch murdered there hundreds of years earlier.

- Warner Bros. and Bel-Air picked up the rights to Lorenzo Carcaterra's upcoming novel STREET BOYS, for which Carcaterra will adapt for the big screen. Barry Levinson will direct. It's based on a true event in World War II in which the children of an Italian town, their fathers off fighting in the war, banded together to defeat a Nazi tank battalion that would have destroyed their homes.

- Rob Perez will write English remake of the German comedy ALLES BOB! The story is about a promiscuous bachelor who gets engaged to a wealthy woman, though he falls in love with another.

- Warner Bros. has hired Andrew Marlowe to write an untitled project for John Woo to direct and Harrison Ford to star.

- Newman/Tooley Films has optioned F. Paul Benz and Steve Tomlin's script BLIND HORIZON about a man who is found dead in the desert but awakens to claim knowledge of an assassination plot against the president.

- Ehren Kruger is in talks with Pandemonium to write the science fiction film project TIME IS MONEY, based on a short story by Lee Felk. The story will revolve around a female collector of time who stumbles upon a conspiracy that involves stealing time from others.

- Escape Artists grabbed the Richard McBrien thriller spec NAUTICA about three people on a yacht to the Bahamas who get entangled in sexy skullduggery.

- Don Scott will write TEAM FABULOUS about a baseball player who makes seemingly homophobic remarks that get broadcast out of context by a sports reporter. He beats up the reporter and is sentenced to community service by playing in a philanthropic gay softball league. Scott will also rewrite BARBER SHOP as well as SONS OF THE HAMMER.

- Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman (URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT) sold their thriller pitch THE MYSTIC to Disney. It's about a cop who has to investigate a backwoods cult to uncover a murder mystery in a small town.

- Dimension Films picked up 4TUNE8 by Devon Shepard for Marlon and Shawn Wayans to star. Its's about a struggling R&B band that tries to become a white boy band to make it big.

Some very good projects were picked up this week. STREET BOYS is my main pick of the week, but TEAM FABULOUS and THE MYSTIC aren't far behind. And I can't wait to find out what Andrew Marlowe is writing for Harrison Ford and John Woo. Hope to know more soon.

-- Elston Gunn

(Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

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