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The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
Pitch Sales Roundup
We’re back to the Pitch Sales Roundup for this week’s Scoggins Report. In a perfect world, we’d wait a week and do it at the end of the month so the below month-at-a-glance grid would be complete. Alas, that would throw off our publishing schedule, and by now you know we’re all about punctuality.
You’ll see the month-long numbers in two weeks when we do the next Pitch Sale Scorecard. In the meantime you can pore over the details of all ten pitches we’ve captured since the last Roundup.
Here is the year-over-year comparison for March, through the 24th:
Weekly Activity Breakdown
Week of February 27:
Week of March 5:
• No pitch sales announced
Week of March 12:
Week of March 19
• 4 pitch sales announced (“Untitled Robinson Supernatural Teen Thriller Project,” “Untitled Rodney Rothman Police Project,” “Untitled Salvador Dali Project,” “Untitled Shannon Swift Horror Pitch” and “The Signal”)
Pitch Sales (alphabetical by title)
Writers: Guy Busick & Ryan Murphy
Reps: Paradigm (Trevor Astbury, Ida Ziniti)
Buyer: Davis Entertainment
Attachments: Aaron Sims is attached to direct. Davis’s John Davis will produce with John Norris.
Notes: Based on Sims’ short film. Brittany Morrissey will oversee for Davis.
Logline: Movie will tell the story of an eight-foot-tall combat robot named RL7 that malfunctions during a mission, developing unexplained memories, causing its creators to investigate its odd behavior.
Writers: Ian Brennan & Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
Reps: CAA (Rowena Arguelles, Kevin Huvane)
Genre: Comedy, musical
Attachments: Murphy will direct and produce through his Ryan Murphy Productions. Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Andy Samberg attached to star (Beyonce had also been rumored to be attached to star). Paltrow will also produce.
Logline: Three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990’s watch their careers go down the drain, so they decide to form a super group.
Writers: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Reps: CAA (Matt Rosen)
Attachments: Scott Stuber will produce through his Bluegrass Films banner (fka Stuber Pictures).
Logline: Under wraps, but centers on the disappearances at the Bermuda Triangle.
Writer: Jason Keller
Reps: CAA (Scott Greenberg) and Management 360 (Guymon Casady)
Buyer: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Period horror
Attachments: Roth Films’ Joe Roth and Palak Patel will produce.
Logline: Period version of Dracula’s origin story.
Writers: Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Reps: CAA (Jay Baker, Brian Kend, Brett Loncar) and Principato-Young (Brian Dobbins, Paul Young)
Buyer: Indian Paintbrush
Genre: Action comedy
Attachments: Kristen Wiig attached to star. Steven Rales and Mark Roybal will produce for Indian Paintbrush along with Kevin Walsh. Faxon and Rash will executive produce.
Notes: Peter McPartlin will oversee for Indian Paintbrush.
Logline: Under wraps.
Writer: Angela Robinson
Reps: ICM (Nicole Clemens) and Larry Kennar Entertainment (Larry Kennar)
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Attachments: Robinson will produce with Grady Twins Productions’ Dawn Olmstead and Marti Noxon.
Writer: Rodney Rothman
Reps: UTA (Dan Erlij, Julien Thuan, Matt Rice) and 3 Arts (David Miner)
Attachments: Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen will star. Hart and Rothman will produce through their Hartbeat Productions and Viking Funeral banners, respectively, along with Rogen and Evan Goldberg through their Point Grey Pictures.
Logline: The first interracial police pairing in law enforcement history.
Writer: Paige Cameron
Buyer: Imagine Entertainment
Attachments: Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce and Anna Culp will executive produce with Cameron.
Logline: Centers on Salvador Dali’s influences on art, cinema, and fashion as well as his tumultuous marriage to his equally vivid wife, Gala.
Writers: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift
Reps: Magnet Management (Bob Sobhani, Jennie Frisbie, Zach Tann)
Attachments: Shannon & Swift will direct. Mary Parent will produce through her Disruption Entertainment.
Notes: Cale Boyter will oversee for Disruption.
Writer: Brad Ingelsby
Reps: WME (Mike Esola) and Energy Entertainment (Brooklyn Weaver)
Buyer: Indian Paintbrush
Attachments: Steven Rales and Mark Roybal will produce for Indian Paintbrush.
Logline: Under wraps, said to be a contained family adventure with a sci-fi element.
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