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Script Sales: Week of April 28, 2009

A real slowdown on the Hollywood Boulevard and the agencies are panic stricken. Williams Morris has recently purged part of its staff and more cuts might be coming. Deals are hard to come by, but let’s take a look. Well, some comedies and a lot of remakes. But, seems the spec sales are still steady it’s just not always the newbe getting his/her shot. Another trend, the storylines are flat out lame. They sound like what I would have characterized as “B-Movie” fair. We will see! - HC


SCRIPT: “Humpty Dumpty” (Horror/Sci-Fi) – Storyline concerning a half-human, half-alien creature who embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South.
Writer: Billy Majestic
Genre: Horror , Sci-Fi
Production Notes Amber Entertainment, iDream, Instinctive Film, Intandem Films, Mark Ordesky, Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones, Darry Welch, Fabienne Villette. David R. Ellis attached to direct.


SCRIPT: “Odysseus” ( Action /Period) - Story centers on the Greek lit hero and king of Ithaca who returns to his island after 20 years of fighting the Trojan Wars only to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation of an invading force.
Writer: Ann Peacock
Production Notes: Hollywood Gang, Warner Bros., Gianni Nunnari, Craig Flores. Jonathan Liebesman attached to direct.

PITCH: “The Nye Incidents” (Sci-Fi - Drama) – Story centers on a medical examiner on the hunt of a killer of alien abductees.
Writer: Whitley Strieber
Production Notes: Warner Bros., Dark Castle, Joel Silver, Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman, Daniel Alter, Todd Lincoln, Todd Lincoln attached to direct.

SCRIPT: “Park Narcs” (Comedy) - Story about a college freshman who takes a summer job as a park ranger at a hard-partying lake after being dumped by his girlfriend. The intervention of a killjoy senator spurs the eccentric ranger crew into action.
Writer: Jacob Isser, Paul Lutz
Production Notes: Intrepid Pictures, Marc D. Evans, Trevor Macy. Rob Cohen attached to direct.

SCRIPT: “The Year of Living Biblically” (Comedy) - Deals with a man who spends a year attempting to live by the rules of the Old and New Testaments, with comic and enlightening results.
Writer(s): A.J. Jacobs, Jay Reiss
Production Notes: Wayans Brothers Entertainment, Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Lisa Suzanne Blum, Reiss adapted Jacobs' novel. Marlon Wayans attached to star. Julian Farino attached to direct.

REMAKE: “Straw Dogs” (Thriller) – Centers on a Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner, who moves with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, leading to a violent confrontation.
Writer: Gordon Williams, Rod Lurie
Production Notes: Screen Gems, Nick Phillips (Screen Gems), Battleplan Productions, Marc Frydman, Rod Lurie, Gilbert Dumontet. Project is a remake of the 1971 thriller. Rod Lurie attached to direct. James Marsden attached to star. Lurie adapted Williams' novel "The Siege at Trencher's Farm."

NOVEL: “McMafia” (Drama) - Story centers on the network of mob criminals in places as diverse as Mumbai, Johannesburg and Eastern Europe; these players, he writes, operate illegal businesses ranging from drug smuggling to human trafficking, in operations that equal roughly one-fifth of the world's economy.
Writer: Mischa Glenny
Production Notes: 20th Century Fox , Working Title Films, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan

SCRIPT: “Date Night” (Comedy) – Deals with a couple whose routine night turns into much more than dinner and a movie when they are mistaken for somebody else.
Writer(s): Simon Kinberg, Aline McKenna
Production Notes: 20th Century Fox, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, and Jimmi Simpson attached to star. Shawn Levy attached to direct.

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