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The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
April 2, 2012
After a relatively slow start, March’s spec activity had picked up a bit by the time we compiled the Spec Scorecard two weeks ago. That pace continued through the end of March: 2012’s overall spec sale numbers are once again ahead of 2011’s.
We’ll have updated totals in next week’s Pitch Sales Scorecard. In the meantime, here are our favorite highlights from March:
• 2012 is looking remarkably like 2011 over at Sony: Exactly like last year at this time, Columbia Pictures picked up one spec in February and three in March and is leading the rest of the studio buyers by two. Second place this year is a three-way tie between Paramount , Universal and Warner Bros. , with 2 each. (Last year, Paramount hadn’t bought any at this point, but DreamWorks and Fox had each also bought two.)
• WME maintained its blistering pace of spec sales last month. The agency’s 5 sales in March brings its 2012 total to 13, half as many in three months as 2011‘s first place agency CAA sold in all of 2011. ICM and Verve are tied in second place with 4 each, followed by CAA and UTA with 3 each.
Here are March’s overall numbers, with year over year comparisons:
1 Total sales in March
2 Sales percentage of scripts that came out and sold in March
Weekly Activity Breakdown
Week of February 27:
• 9 scripts hit the tracking boards (8 in February), none of which have sold
Week of March 5:
Week of March 12:
• 2 scripts hit the boards, none of which have sold
Week of March 19:
• 8 scripts hit the tracking boards, none of which have sold
Week of March 26:
• 5 scripts hit the boards, none of which have sold
Four of March’s 17 sales were scripts that came out prior to 2012, and two of the 17 sales came out in February.
Spec Sales (alphabetical by title)
Writers: Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon
Reps: CAA (Joseph Cohen, Scott Greenberg) and Principato Young (Peter Principato, Paul Young)
Genre: Heist comedy
Attachments: Garant and Lennon will produce with Principato and Young.
Notes: Unconfirmed rumors swirled last month that Jason Statham may star.
Logline: Revolves around a team of nerds who attempt to steal Nicolas Cage’s copy of Action Comics No. 1, the landmark 1938 comic that introduced the world to Superman.
Writer: Ransom Riggs
Reps: Paradigm (David Boxerbaum) and Heroes and Villains Entertainment (Markus Goerg, Dick Hillenbrand, Mikhail Nayfeld)
Buyer: Black Forest Film Group
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Attachments: Black Forest’s Kami Garcia, Brett Hudson and Mark Morgan will produce. Riggs is attached to co-executive produce.
Notes: Originally went out in 2009.
Logline: Follows a small town girl who has been haunted by a dead girl’s spirit ever since her own near-fatal accident. When she goes off to college and her friends begin to die, she must uncover the dark secret of the dead girl’s fate.
Writer: Jeff Wadlow
Reps: WME (Rob Carlson, Roger Green)
Attachments: Original Film’s Neal Mortiz will produce with Valiant Entertainment’s Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani.
Logline: Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob, is set up by the family and framed for a murder. He goes into Witness Protection, but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers. Bloodshot escapes his makers, and though he isn’t his old self, he tries to figure out who he was. Things get bad for everybody who betrayed him.
Writer: Vik Weet
Reps: UTA (Charlie Ferraro, Max Michael) and New Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg)
Buyer: Aldamisa Entertainment, AR Films, K Jam Media
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Attachments: Renny Harlin is directing. Sergei Bespalov, Kia Jam, and Alexander Rodnyansky are producing.
Notes: Already in production, in Russia.
Logline: Story is based on an actual, mysterious incident that occurred in Russia’s remote Dyatlov Pass in 1959. Nine experienced hikers were found dead, their bodies emanating high levels of radiation, and their tents — and bodies — damaged savagely from the inside out. Now, in 2012, five ambitious American students attempt to solve the mystery by revisiting the site. Once at Dyatlov Pass, they encounter events more bizarre and terrifying than anything they could have imagined.
Writer: Katie Dippold
Reps: WME (Jeff Gorin) and 3 Arts (Greg Walter)
Genre: Action comedy
Attachments: Chernin’s Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, and Jenno Topping will produce.
Notes: Chernin reportedly
Logline: Under wraps, but see title.
Writers: Tony Jaswinski & Luke Goltz
Reps: Circle of Confusion (Lawrence Mattis, Ashley Berns)
Attachments: David Kirschner and Corey Sienega will produce.
Notes: Matt Signer will oversee for Dimension.
Logline: A low-budget horror thriller about a trio of self-declared mythbusters who get in over their heads while investigating what they think is just another hoax.
Writer: Peter A. Dowling
Reps: APA (Debbie Deuble-Hill)
Buyer: Paradox Entertainment
Attachments: Bavariapool’s Silvio Muraglia and Frank Buchs will produce with South Creek’s Dave Valleau and Paradox’s Fredrik Malmberg and Daniel Wagner.
Notes: Went out in May 2011.
Logline: After an upstanding district attorney commits a hit and run, he finds himself trying to save the innocent man being accused of the crime.
Writer: Andy Burg
Reps: ICM (Todd Hoffman) and Brucks Entertainment (Bryan Brucks)
Genre: Action adventure
Attachments: Chernin’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce with Matt Lopez.
Notes: Ashley Brucks will oversee for Paramount.
Logline: Under wraps, but said to be a re-imagining of “Huckleberry Finn” in the vein of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, with supernatural elements.
Writer: Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger
Reps: Verve (Bryan Besser, Rob Herting)
Buyer: Millennium Films
Attachments: Robert Cort will produce through his eponymous shingle.
Notes: Went out in January 2010 from Sara Bottfeld and Eryn Brown at Industry Entertainment.
Logline: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY for the Facebook generation.
Writers: Joe Ballarini & Gregg Bishop
Reps: Paradigm (David Boxerbaum), Apostle (George Heller) and Grade A (Andy Cohen)
Attachments: Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller & Andrew Form will produce with Benderspink’s JC Spink, Chris Bender and Christopher Cosmos.
Logline: A straight-laced teenage girl tries to save her socially outcast, rebellious brother during a high school lockdown due to a terrifying alien attack.
Writer: Matt Deller
Reps: Empirical Management (Scott Leddy)
Buyer: Sobini Films
Attachments: Babak Payem is attached to direct and produce through Payam Fims. Sobini’s Tyler Boehm, David Higgins and Cami Winkoff will produce. Payam’s Charles Wachsberg will exec produce.
Notes: Went out in 2009 from Kathy Muraviov.
Logline: A dying artist is determing to finish his final work, a portrait of a hauntingly beautiful woman, unaware of his subject’s nightmarish true nature.
Writer: William Monahan
Reps: WME (Chris Donnelly) and Anonymous Content (Michael Sugar)
Buyer: Atlas Independent
Attachments: Monahan will direct and produce through his Henceforth Pictures banner with Atlas Indepenent’s Chuck Roven and William Green. Henceforth’s Justine Suzanne Jones will executive produce with Atlas’ Andy Horwitz and Alan Glazer.
Logline: Under wraps.
Writers: Christopher Cantwell & Christopher Rogers
Reps: Verve (Aaron Hart) and Management 360 (Jennifer Graham, Chris Huvane)
Buyer: Indian Paintbrush
Attachments: Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal will produce and Michael Pruss will co-produce.
Notes: Went out in February.
Logline: A professional “fixer” named Ghost who helps white-collar criminals change their identities and disappear saves a seemingly innocent woman from a violent loan shark. Ghost finds his own life in danger after a private security firm puts a price on his head. Ghost goes underground in an attempt to discover who his mystery assailant is and gets caught in a tangled web of betrayal, revenge and murder.
Writers: Katrin Benedikt & Creighton Rothenberger (aka The Rothenbergers)
Reps: Gersh (Devra Lieb, Dan Vantresca) and Kaplan-Perrone (Alex Lerner)
Buyer: Millennium Films
Attachments: Gerard Butler will star and produce with Alan Siegel and Millennium’s Mark Gill. Millennium’s Avi Lerner and Trevor Short will executive produce.
Notes: Went out in February.
Logline: DIE HARD in the White House.
Writer: Martin Helgeland
Reps: WME (Rich Cook)
Buyer: Legendary Pictures
Genre: Action fantasy
Attachments: Brian Helgeland will executive produce.
Notes: Alex Garcia and Alex Hedlund will oversee for Legendary.
Logline: A modern day action film about a man who discovers he’s the last in a long line of dragonslayers.
Writers: Enzo Mileti & Scott Wilson
Reps: ICM (Kathleen Remington)
Genre: Action heist
Attachments: Michael De Luca will produce through his eponymous shingle. Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana are attached to star and produce.
Logline: Under wraps.
Writer: James Vanderbilt
Reps: WME (Adriana Alberghetti) and UFUSE (Mikkel Bondesen)
Attachments: Vanderbilt, Laeta Kalogridis, and Brad Fischer will produce through their Mythology Entertainment.
Notes: Sold preemptively for a reported
Logline: DIE HARD meets AIR FORCE ONE.
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