The Scoggins Report: 2012 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
January 21, 2012    
2012 Year-End
Spec Market Scorecard

Welcome to the fourth annual Year-End Spec Market Scorecard.  Like last week’s 2012 Year-End Pitch Sales Scorecard, this year we’ve inserted our year-over-year analysis into the individual sections, below, the better to get straight to the good stuff.  Here are our favorite take-aways from the 2012 Spec Market:

  • 2012’s total number of spec sales – 132 – was exactly the same as 2011’s.  In 2012, there were slightly fewer sales of scripts that came out during the year (112 vs 119, down 9.4%), but this was offset by more sales of scripts that came out in prior years (20 vs 13).
  • The most popular spec genre in 2012 was the Thriller, for the second year in a row.  But while Comedy was the clear #2 in 2011, in 2012 it was effectively tied with Action/Adventure.
  • WME was by far the number one agency for specs and pitches in 2012, as we’ve been reporting for months.  The big surprise was UTA bumping CAA out of the #2 spot, both in terms of spec sales and combined specs and pitches.

There are plenty more high value tidbits in the pages below, but let’s jump straight to everyone’s favorite year-end feature:  The Top 5 lists.  The following are the lists of the top Buyers and Sellers of 2012.  The number of sales for each company or person is to the right of their names.

2012‘s Top Buyers

Top 5 Studio Buyers – Specs Only 1. Paramount – 11

  1. Universal – 9
  2. Columbia – 8
  3. Warner Bros. – 7
  4. Fox – 6

Top 5 Studio Buyers – Specs + Pitches 1. Paramount – 20 (tie) 1. Universal – 20 (tie)

  1. Warner Bros. – 16
  2. Columbia – 15
  3. Disney – 8 (tie)
  4. Fox – 8 (tie)


Top 5 Other Buyers – Specs Only 1. Millennium – 7

  1. QED International – 4 (tie)
  2. Voltage – 4 (tie)
  3. Armory Films – 3
  4. 7 way tie2 (see full list below)

Top 5 Other Buyers* – Specs + Pitches 1. Indian Paintbrush – 4

  1. Bazelevs Production – 3
  2. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment – 2

*  Companies that bought at least 1 of each

2012‘s Top Sellers

 

Top 5 Agencies – Specs Only 1. WME – 35

  1. UTA – 24
  2. CAA – 16
  3. APA – 10
  4. Paradigm – 10

Top 5 Agencies – Specs + Pitches 1. WME – 62

  1. UTA – 34
  2. CAA – 32
  3. ICM – 15 (tie)
  4. Paradigm –15 (tie)

Top 5 Agents – Specs Only 1. Charlie Ferraro (UTA) – 11

  1. Mike Esola (WME) – 7
  2. Chris Sablan, Jordan Bayer & Matt Leipzig (Original) – 6
  3. Daniel Cohan (WME) – 5 (tie)
  4. Rich Cook (WME) – 5 (tie)

Top 5 Mgmt Companies – Specs Only 1. Energy – 9

  1. Anonymous – 8 (tie)
  2. New Wave – 8 (tie)
  3. Kaplan/Perrone – 6 (tie)
  4. Madhouse – 6 (tie)

Top 5 Mgmt Co.‘s – Specs + Pitches 1. Energy – 15

  1. Anonymous – 11 (tie)
  2. Circle of Confusion – 11 (tie)
  3. Mosaic – 10
  4. Benderspink – 9 (tie)
  5. Kaplan/Perrone – 9 (tie)

Top 5 Managers – Specs Only 1. Brooklyn Weaver (Energy) – 9

  1. Josh Adler & Mike Goldberg (New Wave) – 8
  2. Adam Kolbrenner (Madhouse) – 5
  3. Aaron Kaplan (Kaplan/Perrone) – 4 (tie)
  4. Jonathan Hung (Hung Ent.) – 4 (tie)

Top 5 Production Companies 1. Benderspink – 5

  1. Anonymous Content – 4 (tie)
  2. Energy Entertainment – 4 (tie)
  3. Bad Robot – 3 (tie)
  4. Michael De Luca Prods. – 3 (tie)

 

2012 Overall Numbers

The first grid below shows numbers for this year’s Spec Market (that is, sales of scripts that originally went out this year).  As shown in the second grid, 20 scripts have sold this year that originally went out prior to 2012.Here are the overall numbers for 2012’s spec scripts on their own…

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Specs

19

38

36

33

25

31

22

21

25

56

23

9

338

370

 Sales

10

8

12

12

10

11

5

9

9

13

6

7

112

119

 Percent Sold

53%

21%

33%

36%

40%

35%

23%

43%

36%

23%

26%

78%

33%

32%

 2011 Sales

3

13

15

9

7

13

10

5

7

20

8

10

119

…and here are combined totalspec and pitch sales numbers for the same period.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Specs

12

13

14

12

12

15

5

13

9

13

7

7

132

132

 Pitches

8

7

8

14

4

7

8

3

4

6

3

9

81

106

 2012 Total

20

20

22

26

16

22

13

16

13

19

10

15

213

238

 2011 Total*

7

21

28

16

15

28

20

9

12

30

16

24

* The “2011 Total” line doesn’t add up to 238 because, like geniuses, we neglected to include the 13 pre-2011 spec sales in the 2011 combined monthly numbers in last year’s grid.  #facepalm  

Spec Sales By Genre (sold/total)

Each cell in the below grid shows the number of specs in each genre that came out and/or sold that month, plus the number that sold that month that originally came out in years prior. The column on the right shows the percentage of 2012’s 132 spec sales.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sold/

Total

% of

Sales

 Action/Adventure

1/5

2/9+1

4/6

2/6

0/3

1/6

2/5

1/6

3/7

4/17

3/7+1

4/4

29/83

22%

 Comedy

4/8

1/8

2/8+1

3/6

2/6

4/8+2

1/6

2/5+1

2/3

1/14

2/6

28/82

21%

 Drama

1/1

0/1+1

0/7

0/1

1/2+1

1/4+1

1/5

2/3

0/3

0/2

1/1

10/33

8%

 Horror

1/1

2/5

1/4

1/2

0/1

2/5+1

0/1

3/3

1/4

0/1

1/2

13/30

10%

 Sci-Fi

0/1+1

1/4

1/3

2/8

2/4

1/4

1/2

1/1

1/3

5/10

0/3

15/44

11%

 Thriller

3/3+1

2/10+3

4/7+1

4/10

5/9+1

2/4

0/3

0/3+3

2/8

3/11

1/5

1/2

36/84

27%

Spec Sales By Buyer – Studios

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

2010

2009

 Columbia

1

2

2

1

2

8

7

1

5

 Dimension

1

1

1

0

1

 Disney

1

1

2

2

2

2

 Dreamworks

1

1

2

1

4

 Fox

1

1

2

2

6

8

2

3

 Fox 2000

1

1

1

2

0

 Lionsgate

2

1

1

4

2

1

3

 New Line

1

1

4

0

0

 New Regency

1

1

1

3

0

2

2

 Paramount

2

2

4

2

1

11

5

4

5

 Paramount Insurge

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Relativity

1

1

2

6

3

 Syfy Films

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Universal

1

1

2

1

1

2

1

9

5

2

6

 Warner Bros.

1

1

2

1

1

1

7

14

9

6

 TOTALS

5

6

7

6

6

7

1

4

6

5

1

5

59

53

32

40

You can see the year-over-year comparison for each company in the grid above.  The most significant year-over-year change was the drastic drop in the number of specs bought by Warner Bros. (7 vs 17), followed by the radically higher numbers for Paramount and Universal.  Only two still-existing studios that bought specs in 2011 didn’t in 2012:  CBS Films and Fox Searchlight. Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for the studios that bought at least one of each in 2012:

Specs

Pitches

Total

2011

Columbia

8

7

15

16

Disney

2

6

8

11

DreamWorks

1

1

2

6

Fox

6

5

8

16

Lionsgate

4

1

5

2

New Line

1

5

6

8

New Regency

3

2

4

2

Paramount

11

9

20

17

Universal

9

11

20

19

Warner Bros.

7

9

16

30

Spec Sales By Buyer – Other Buyers

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

2010

2009

 Aldamisa

1

1

0

0

0

 Amazon

1

1

2

0

0

0

 ANA Media

1

1

0

0

0

 Angryfilms

1

1

0

0

0

 Arclight Films

1

1

1

1

0

 Armory Films

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

 Atlas Independent

1

1

0

0

0

 Bazelevs

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Big Beach

1

1

0

0

0

 Black Forest

1

1

0

0

0

 BUF, Inc.

1

1

0

0

0

 Caliber Media

1

1

0

0

0

 Chapman Filmed Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

 Chernin

1

1

2

1

0

0

 Chickie the Cop Entertainment

1

1

0

0

0

 Cinetic Media

1

1

0

0

0

 Code Ent.

1

1

1

0

0

 College Humor

1

1

0

0

0

 Derby St. FIlms

1

1

0

0

0

 Ealing Studios

1

1

0

0

0

 Enderby

1

1

0

0

0

 Endgame

1

1

1

2

0

 Envision Media Arts

1

1

0

0

0

 Exclusive Media

1

1

0

1

0

 Film Nation

1

1

1

0

0

 FilmEngine

1

1

0

0

0

 Flynn Picture Co.

1

1

0

0

0

 Gilbert Films

1

1

0

0

0

 Good Universe

1

1

0

0

0

 Ian Bryce

1

1

0

0

0

 IM Global  Octane

1

1

0

0

0

 Indian Paintbrush

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Inferno

1

1

2

0

0

 K Jam Media

1

1

0

0

0

 Killer Films

1

1

0

0

0

 Lascaux Films

1

1

0

0

0

 Latitude Prods

1

1

0

0

0

 Lava Bear

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Legendary

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Lifetime

1

1

0

0

0

 Mandalay Vision

1

1

0

0

0

 Maven Pictures

1

1

0

0

0

 Millennium

3

2

1

1

7

3

0

0

 Myriad Pictures

1

1

0

0

0

 Necropia

1

1

0

0

0

 Paradox

1

1

1

0

0

 Participant

1

1

1

0

0

 QED

1

1

2

4

0

1

0

 Revolver Pics.

1

1

0

0

0

 Scott Pictures

1

1

0

0

0

 Sentinel

1

1

0

0

0

 Shine

1

1

0

0

0

 Sidney Kimmel

1

1

3

0

1

 Silver Pictures

1

1

0

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

1

0

0

 Skyrock

1

1

0

0

0

 Sobini Films

1

1

0

0

0

 Thunder Road

1

1

0

0

0

 Train Bridge

1

1

0

0

0

 Vendome

1

1

0

0

0

 Voltage

1

2

1

4

3

0

0

 WWE

1

1

2

0

0

0

The number of Other Buyers on the 2012 list is up slightly from 2011‘s (62 vs 56), but like each of the past three years the companies on the list changed dramatically year-over-year.  Last year, 44 (or 79%) of 2011’s 56 non-studio spec buyers didn’t buy a spec in 2012.Here are the combined numbers for spec and pitch sales by non-studio buyers that bought at least one of each in 2012:

Specs

Pitches

Total

2011

Bazelevs

2

1

3

1

Indian Paintbrush

2

2

4

1

Sidney Kimmel

1

1

2

3

As we noted in the intro and as you’ll see below, five production companies were particularly effective in 2012 at convincing buyers to purchase material for them to produce.  In 2011, that list was Marc Platt Productions (4), Benderspink (3), Genre Films (3) and Disruption Entertainment (3), plus eight companies that set up two specs each.  Benderspink is the only company to be on that list again in 2012. Each of the following production companies was attached to at least one spec sale in 2012.  Companies in bold are new since the last scorecard.

21 Laps (2) Allegiance Theater Allison Shearmur Productions Anonymous Content (4) Arad Productions ArieScope Pictures Bad Robot (3) Barnstorm Pictures Bavariapool Bellevue Benderspink (5) Bluegrass Films Blumhouse Productions Bobker/Kruger Films Busted Shark Centropolis Entertainment Chernin Entertainment Chockstone Pictures Circle of Confusion Content Engine Conundrum Entertainment Davis Entertainment (2) Disruption Entertainment DMG Entertainment (2) EMJAG (2) Energy Entertainment (4) Evil Twins Film 44 Film Rites Flashlight Films Gran Via Productions Henceforth Pictures Imagine Entertainment In Cahoots Productions Inferno Entertainment Intrigue Iron Horse Entertainment KatzSmith Productions Langley Park Lava Bear Films LBI Entertainment Leverage Entertainment Londinium Films Mad Chance Productions Madhouse Entertainment Magnet Management Mandalay Pictures Marc Platt Productions Material Pictures Matt Tolmach Productions Michael De Luca Productions (3) Montecito Picture Company Mosaic (2) Movie Package Company Mythology Entertainment Nick Wechsler Productions Oasis Media Group Original Film (2) Pacific Standard Paradox Payam Films Pearl Street Films Phantom Four Platinum Dunes (2) Prime Universe Quadrant Pictures Radiant Productions Rain Management Group Robert Cort Prods Roth Films Ruby Films Scott Rudin Productions Scott Sanders Productions Silver Pictures South Creek Pictures Strike Entertainment Sunnyfield Productions Sunswept Entertainment The Mark Gordon Co. Underground Film and Mgmt Unsupervised Valiant Entertainment Vertigo Entertainment (2) Vinson Films Weston Pictures Wild West Productions Wind Dancer Witten Pictures Wonderland Sound and Vision

 

Spec Sales by Seller – Agencies (sold/total)

Each cell in the below grid shows the number of specs each agency took out and/or sold that month, plus the number it sold that month it took out in prior years.  The efficiency rating shows the percentage of scripts taken out this year that have sold.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Efficiency

 APA

0/1

0/5+1

1/2

1/3

1/2

0/2

1/2

1/4

3/6

0/2

1/1

10/31

30%

 Bohrman (RIP)

1/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

1/4

25%

 CAA

1/1+1

2/3+1

0/3

0/2

3/3+1

1/1

1/2+1

1/1

2/4

1/1

1/1

16/25

57%

 Gersh

1/1

1/3

1/1

0/1

3/4

0/1

1/2

1/1

8/14

57%

 ICM

1/2

1/2

1/2

2/2

1/1

1/1

1/1

8/11

73%

 Original Artists

2/2

2/2

2/2

0/1

6/7

86%

 Paradigm

0/1

3/6

2/6

1/3

0/2

1/1

2/3

0/3

0/3

9/28

32%

 UTA

1/1

0/5+1

1/2

1/1

2/4+1

4/6+1

1/2

1/1+1

2/4

2/6

1/1+1

3/3

24/41

53%

 Verve

0/0+1

1/1

0/0+1

0/1

1/2

0/2

1/1

5/9

43%

 WME

3/3

3/4+3

4/4

3/4

3/4 +1

1/3 +1

0/1

2/3 +2

2/2

3/5

2/3

1/1

35/44

76%

Here are the combined spec and pitch sales numbers for the agencies that have sold at least one of each:

Specs

Pitches

Total

2011

APA

10

1

11

11

CAA

16

16

32

50

Gersh

8

3

11

14

ICM

8

7

15

27

Paradigm

9

6

15

14

UTA

24

10

34

30

Verve

5

4

9

9

WME

35

27

62

50

The following 111 agents have been involved with at least one spec sale in 2012:

Eleven: Charlie Ferraro                   (UTA)   Seven Mike Esola                          (WME)   Six Chris Sablan                         (Original) Jordan Bayer                        (Original) Matt Leipzig                          (Original)   Five: Daniel Cohan                        (WME) Rich Cook                             (WME)
Four: Bayard Maybank                 (Gersh) David Boxerbaum               (Paradigm) David Karp                            (WME) David Stone                         (WME) Devra Lieb                            (Gersh) Ida Ziniti                                 (Paradigm) Max Michael                                   (UTA)   Three: Adam Levine                                   (Verve) Bill Weinstein                        (Verve) Chris Ridenhour                    (APA) Philip d’Amecourt                 (WME) Tim Phillips                            (UTA)   Two: Barbara Dreyfus                (UTA) Bill Zotti                                  (CAA) Bob Hohman                                   (Gersh) Bryan Besser                       (Verve) Cliff Roberts                         (WME) Craig Brody                          (CAA) Danny Greenberg                (WME) David Saunders                   (APA) Debbie Deuble-Hill                        (APA) Emerson Davis                     (UTA) Greg Hodes                         (WME) Jon Huddle                          (UTA) Joseph Cohen                     (CAA) Julien Thuan                          (UTA) Keya Khayatian                    (UTA) Lars Theriot                           (ICM) Lee Cohen                          (Paradigm) Lee Keele                             (Gersh) Mark Ross                             (Paradigm) Michael Sheresky                 (UTA) Ramses Ishak                       (UTA) Rob Herting                          (Verve) Roger Green                        (WME) Ryan Saul                             (APA) Stuart Manashil                     (CAA) Trevor Astbury                     (Paradigm) Will Lowery                           (APA)
One: Aaron Hart                             (Verve) Adam Kanter                         (CAA) Adam Weinstein                  (ICM) Adriana Alberghetti              (WME) Amanda Urban                     (ICM) Andrew Cannava                 (UTA) Beth Swofford                      (CAA) Brian Kend                            (CAA) Brian Pike                              (CAA) Bryan Diperstein                  (ICM) Caren Bohrman                    (Bohrman) Carolyn Sivitz                       (UTA) Chris Donnelly                      (WME) Chris Till                                 (CAA) Cori Wellins                          (WME) Dan Rabinow                        (CAA) Dan Vantresca                      (Gersh) Danny Gabai                        (WME) Dar Rollins                             (ICM) David Park                             (UTA) Emile Gladstone                   (ICM) Geoff Morley                                    (UTA) Greg McKnight                     (CAA) Greg Pedicin                         (Gersh) Harley Copen                      (ICM) Holly Jeter                             (WME) Jacqueline Sacerio               (CAA) James Kearney                    (UTA) Jason Burns                          (UTA) Jeff Gorin                               (WME) Jim Gosnell                           (APA) John Garvey                         (CAA) Kathleen Remington            (ICM) Kimberly Hodgert                (CAA) Lisa Harrison                         (WME) Marc Korman             (WME) Marissa Devins                     (UTA) Martin Spencer                     (CAA) Matt Rice                               (UTA) Matt Rosen                           (CAA) Micah Green                         (CAA) Nicole Clemens                    (ICM) Nigel Meiojas                       (ICM) Rand Holston                        (CAA) Rebecca Ewing                    (UTA) Richard Lovett                      (CAA) Rick Rosen                            (WME) Rob Carlson                         (WME) Robert Bookman                 (CAA) Ron Bernstein                       (ICM) Sarah Self                             (WME) Scott Greenberg                  (CAA) Sean Barclay            (Gersh) Sharon Jackson                    (WME) Sheryl Peterson                   (APA) Simon Faber                         (WME) Spencer Baumgarten          (CAA) Tanya Cohen                                   (Paradigm) Ted Chervin                          (ICM) Theresa Kang                       (WME) Todd Feldman                      (CAA) Todd Hoffman                      (ICM) Valarie Phillips                       (Paradigm) Zach Carlisle                         (Verve) Zach Druker                           (WME)

 

Spec Sales by Seller –

Management Companies (sold/total)

Each cell in the below grid shows the number of specs each management company took out and/or sold that month, plus the number it sold that month that it took out in years prior.  The efficiency rating shows the percentage of scripts taken out this year that have sold.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Efficiency

 3 Arts

1/1

0/1

1/2

 59 Management

1/1

1/1

 Alan Gasmer

0/2

1/1

0/1

1/4

25%

 Anonymous

1/1

1/1

2/2

2/2

2/2

0/1

8/10

80%

 Aperture

0/1

1/2

0/1

0/1

1/5

20%

 Apostle

1/1

1/1

 Art/Work

1/1

1/1

 Benderspink

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/3

1/2

1/4

0/0+1

5/13

33%

 Book Ends

0/2

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/5

20%

 Brian Lutz

1/1

1/1

 Brillstein

1/1

0/1

1/2

 Brucks

0/0+1

1/1

2/2

 Cameron’s

0/0+1

1/1

 Caliber Media

0/1

0/1

2/2

1/2

3/6

50%

 Chad Snopek

0/1

1/1

1/2

 Circle/Confusion

0/1

1/2

0/1

0/1

2/2

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

5/11

45%

 Code Ent.

1/1

1/1

 ContentEngine

1/1

1/1

 Elements

1/1

1/1

 Elevate

1/1

1/1

 Energy

2/2

1/2+1

1/1

0/1

1/1

0/0+1

2/2

9/11

78%

 Evolution

0/1

1/1

1/2

 Festa Ent.

1/1

1/1

 Fourth Floor

1/1

1/1

 Gotham

0/2

1/2

1/1

0/1

1/1

3/7

43%

 Grade A

1/1

1/1

 H2F (DMG)

0/1

1/2

0/2

1/2

2/7

29%

 Heroes/Villains

0/1

1/2

0/1

0/1

1/5

20%

 Hung

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

4/7

57%

 Industry

0/1

0/0+1

1/1

0/1+1

1/3

0/2

4/10

22%

 Kailey Marsh

1/1

1/1

 Kaplan/Perrone

1/2

0/1

0/3

1/1

0/0+1

1/3

1/3

1/1

6/15

36%

 Luber-Roklin

1/1

1/1

 Madhouse

0/1+1

0/1

1/2

1/2

0/1

1/1

1/2

0/1

1/1

6/13

42%

 Magnet Mgmt

0/1

1/2+1

1/1

3/5

50%

 Mgmt 360

1/1

0/1

1/1

2/3

 Manus Ent.

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/3

 Mindframe

0/0+1

0/1

1/2

 Mosaic

2/2

1/1

0/1

2/2

5/6

83%

 Muraviov Co.

0/1

1/4

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

1/10

10%

 MXN

0/2

1/1

1/2

 New Wave

1/1

0/2

1/1

0/1

1/2

3/3

0/1

0/1

2/2

8/14

57%

 Oasis

0/0+1

1/1

 Parallax

0/1

0/0+1

1/2

 Principato Young

0/1

1/1

1/2

 Prolific

0/1+1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/1

3/6

40%

 Rain Mgmt

0/1

1/1

1/2

 The Safran Co.

0/0+1

1/1

 Silent R

0/0+1

1/1

 Station 3

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/3

 UFUSE

1/1

1/1

 Underground

1/1

1/1

 Untitled

0/1+1

1/2

 Zero Gravity

1/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/3

0/1

1/8

13%

Here are the combined spec and pitch numbers for the management companies that have sold at least one of each:

Specs

Pitches

Total

2011

3 Arts

1

3

4

6

Anonymous Content

8

3

11

9

Aperture

1

1

2

2

Apostle

1

1

2

3

Benderspink

5

4

9

6

Brillstein

1

1

2

3

Caliber

3

4

7

2

Circle of Confusion

5

6

11

11

Energy

9

6

15

7

Fourth Floor

1

1

2

0

The Gotham Group

3

3

6

8

H2F (DMG)

2

1

3

7

Industry

4

1

5

3

Kailey Marsh

2

1

3

0

Kaplan/Perrone

6

3

9

10

Magnet Management

3

1

4

6

Management 360

2

5

7

6

Mosaic

5

5

10

5

Oasis

1

1

2

0

Principato Young

1

5

6

4

The Safran Co.

1

1

2

1

The following 96 individual managers have been involved with at least one spec sale:

 

Nine: Brooklyn Weaver     (Energy)   Eight: Josh Adler                 (New Wave) Mike Goldberg         (New Wave)   Five: Adam Kolbrenner  (Madhouse)   Four: Aaron Kaplan            (Kaplan/Perrone) Jonathan Hung      (Hung)   Three: Bard Dorros              (Anonymous) Chris Bender          (Benderspink) JC Spink                  (Benderspink) Langley Perer         (Mosaic) Will Rowbotham      (Prolific)   Two: Adam Marshall          (Caliber) Britton Rizzio             (Circle/Confusion) Chris Cook                (Madhouse) Chris Fenton             (DMG/H2F) Jake Weiner              (Benderspink) Josh Goldenberg  (Kaplan/Perrone) Kailey Marsh             (Station 3) Michael Lasker          (Mosaic) Noah Rosen             (Circle/Confusion) Steve Golin              (Anonymous)   One: Adam Goldworm     (Aperture) Alan Gasmer             (Gasmer/Friends) Alex Goldstone        (Anonymous) Alex Lerner               (Kaplan/Perrone) Alix Madigan             (Anonymous) Andrew Deane         (Industry) Andy Cohen             (Grade A) Ashley Berns                        (Circle/Confusion) Ava Jamshidi         (Industry) Benjamin Rowe       (Oasis) Bethany Stirdivant    (Bookends) Bob Sobhani                        (Magnet) Brian Lutz Bryan Brucks (Luber-Roklin) Chad Snopek Chris Huvane            (Mgmt 360) Christopher Pratt      (Elements) Dallas Sonnier           (Caliber) Daniel Rappoport    (Mgmt 360) Dannie Festa (Festa) Darin Friedman          (Mgmt 360) Dave Brown             (Untitled) David Engel              (Circle/Confusion) David Lonner            (Oasis) Dick Hillenbrand        (Heroes & Villains) Elana Barry                (Anonymous) Eric Williams              (Zero Gravity) Eryn Brown               (Industry) George Heller           (Apostle) Greg Walters                        (3 Arts) Jake Wagner            (Benderspink) Jane Cameron          (Cameron’s) Jeff Silver                  (Fourth Floor) Jennie Frisbie           (Magnet) Jennifer Levine         (Untitled) Jenny Wood            (Elevate) Jeremy Bell              (Gotham) Jess Rosenthal         (Industry) Jesse Silver              (Mindframe) Jewerl Ross              (Silent R) Jim Wedaa               (Parallax) Josh McGuire           (Underground) Julie Bloom            (Art/Work) Kathy Muraviov        (The Muraviov Co.) Kelly Roberts           (Anonymous) Kendrick Tan              (Madhouse) Lawrence Mattis       (Circle/Confusion) Lee Stollman            (Gotham) Lindsay Williams      (Gotham) Marc Manus              (Manus Ent.) Markus Goerg           (Heroes & Villains) Marti Blumenthal       (59 Management) Mason Novick           (MXN) Michael Botti             (Industry) Michael Sugar           (Anonymous) Michelle Knudsen     (MXN) Mikhail Nayfeld         (Heroes & Villains) Mikkel Bondesen     (UFUSE) Missy Malkin             (Brillstein) Nick Fariabi                (Mindframe) Nicole Romano         (Anonymous) Patrick Ewald (Brucks) Paul Young               (Principato Young) Peter Principato        (Principato Young) Rich Freeman            (Code) Rosalie Swedlin       (Anonymous) Sara Bottfeld             (Industry) Sean Perrone           (Kaplan/Perrone) Seth Jaret                  (ContentEngine) Stephen Gates        (Evolution) Stephen Marks         (Evolution) Tom Drumm              (The Safran Co.) Trevor Adley            (Anonymous) Zach Tann                  (Magnet) Zachary Cox             (Circle/Confusion)

 

2012 Weekly Spec Market Breakdown

 

Week of January 2 (New Year’s Day):

  • The Incredible True Story of Jessica & Drew Who Boned on the Way to the Wedding

Week of January 9:

  • Bermuda
  • Coffee Town
  • Everybody Wants Head
  • Flashback
  • Run All Night

Week of January 16:

  • One Night Stand
  • The Counselor
  • Thirteen

  Week of January 23 (Sundance):

  • Untitled Max Landis Space Adventure

Week of January 30:

  • “Day 38”
  • Gaslight
  • Gideon’s Law
  • NSFW
  • The Timber
  • Untitled LD Goffigan Thriller

Week of February 6:

  • Picture Book
  • Saving Mr. Banks

Week of February 13:

  • The Waiting

  Week of February 20 (Presidents’ Day):

  • Invertigo

Week of February 27:

  • Blood Mountain
  • Bloodshot
  • The Most Wonderful TIme

Week of March 5:

  • Action No. 1
  • Lockdown at Franklin High”)
  • Untitled Dyatlov Pass Incident Project

Week of March 12:

  • Lauren Pemberton is No Longer in a Relationship
  • Manhattan Undying
  • Off the Grid
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Swindle
  • The Good Samaritan

  Week of March 19:

  • Black River
  • Huck
  • Mojave
  • Slayer

Week of March 26:

  • Garden District
  • Untitled Female Buddy Cop Action Comedy
  • White House Down

Week of April 2 (Passover/Easter)

  • No spec sales

Week of April 9

  • Lore
  • The Disappointments Room

Week of April 16

  • Comancheria
  • Ground Control to Major Tom
  • The Fall
  • Savage Planet

Week of April 23

  • Cardiac
  • El Tigre
  • Son of a Bitch
  • The Bloody Benders

Week of April 30

  • The Current War

Week of May 7

  • Dear Satan
  • Interrogation

Week of May 14

  • 2
  • My Owner’s Wedding
  • The Disciple Program”)

Week of May 21 (run-up to Memorial Weekend)

  • Playing Dirty
  • The Gun Eaters
  • The Man in the Rearview Mirror
  • Untitled Campbell/Stuecken Project

Week of May 28 (Memorial Day)

  • Transmission
  • Two Night Stand

Week of June 4

  • Bethlehem,”
  • Glimmer
  • Marrow
  • The God Particle,”
  • Trigger

Week of June 11

  • Atom and Eve
  • Monster Problems
  • The Codex,”
  • The Quiet Ones
  • Wunderkind

Week of June 18

  • Acolyte
  • Draft Day
  • Holiday Spin
  • Match
  • Mixtape

Week of June 25

  • No spec sales

Week of July 2 (Independence Day)

  • No spec sales

Week of July 9 (Comic-Con)

  • Divorce Party
  • The Adversary

Week of July 16

  • Viral

Week of July 23

  • No spec sales

Week of July 30

  • Chewie
  • Panic Zone
  • The Beard
  • “Untitled Cameron Crowe Love Story

Week of August 6

  • Alive And Well
  • The Voices

Week of August 13

  • Lights Out
  • Nancy & Danny


Week of August 20

  • Candy Store
  • Pontius Pilate
  • Swimming Hole
  • The Last Breath

Week of August 27 (run up to Labor Day Weekend)

  • No spec sales

Week of September 3 (Labor Day, start of TIFF)

  • No spec sales

Week of September 10 (TIFF)

  • Black Box”)
  • Epsilon
  • Rocket’s Red Glare
  • Untitled McCormick Cop Comedy

Week of September 17 (Rosh Hashanah)

  • Race to the South Pole
  • Vanish Man”)

Week of September 24 (Yom Kippur)

  • No spec sales

Week of October 1

  • Currency

Week of October 8

  • Almanac

Week of October 15

  • Our Name Is Adam
  • The Join

Week of October 22

  • Patrol
  • Subdivision

Week of October 29

  • Somacell
  • Triple Time

Week of November 5

  • Cherries
  • Me Him Her
  • Sanctuary

Week of November 12

  • Romeo aka Romeo/Juliet

Week of November 19 (Thanksgiving)

  • High Value Target
  • Straight Edge

Week of November 26

  • 52 Percent
  • Leave
  • Priority Run

Week of December 3:

  • Arminius
  • Beneath
  • Family Vacation
  • Scorn
  • Untitled Robert Lynn Project
  • Willie Francis Must Die Again

Week of December 10 (Hanukkah, Hit List):

  • Empire

Week of December 17 (Black List):

  • Alter
  • Peste
  • Story of Your Life
  • Warden

Week of December 24 (Christmas):

  • No spec sales

Spec Sales (alphabetical by title)

Note:  The following are presented as originally listed in the various 2012 Spec Market Roundups.   2 Writer:  Barry Levy RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro, Keya Khayatian, David Park) and Evolution (Stephen Gates, Stephan Marks) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Thriller AttachmentsLangley Park’s Kevin McCormick and Jason Alisharan will produce. Notes:  Sara Scott will oversee for Universal. Logline:  A New York detective must figure out which twin brother actually robbed a bank and stole sensitive counterfeiting information, when both confess to the crime.   52 Percent Writer:  Zina Zaflow RepsChad Snopek Management (Chad Snopek) BuyerQED International Genre:  Romantic comedy Logline:  When a longtime married couple contemplates divorce, a clash develops between their daughter, who hopes for reconciliation, and a jaded young divorce attorney, who’s unwilling to lose a client without a fight.   Acolyte Writer:  Derek Kolstad RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro) and New Wave Entertainment (Mike Goldberg, Josh Adler) BuyerVoltage Pictures Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Voltage’s Nicholas Chartier and Craig J. Flores will produce. Logline:  Centers on a rogue government agency that blackmails ordinary citizens into committing acts of terror.  The agency comes under attack when the wife of a retired operative is mistakenly kidnapped and the former operative sets out to take the agency down.   Action No. 1 Writers:  Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon RepsCAA (Joseph Cohen, Scott Greenberg) and Principato Young (Peter Principato, Paul Young) BuyerLionsgate 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.   Alive And Well Writer:  David Hubbard RepsWME (Cori Wellins) and CODE Entertainment (Rich Freeman) BuyerVendome Pictures Genre:  Romantic drama Attachments:  Ken Kwapis will direct and produce with Alexandra Beattie under their In Cahoots banner, along with Kim Zubick and Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet. Notes:  Guy Stodel and Sarah Schweitzman will oversee for Vendome. Logline:  Story centers on a man, dead for nearly 25 years, who is given the chance to return to earth and reclaim his life.   Almanac Writers:  Andrew Stark & Jason Pagan RepsWME (Mike Esola) BuyerParamount Pictures Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Dean Israelite (writer/shorts director) is attached to direct.  Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce. Notes:  Writers wrote the script on spec and have been developing it over the past year with Platinum Dunes. Logline:  Found footage thriller; story TBA.   Alter Writers:  John &Thomas Sonntag RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro) and Mosaic (Langley Perer) BuyerVoltage Genre:  Sci-fi AttachmentsBenderspink and Steven L’Heureux will produce. Notes:  Project was set up in April 2012 and came to light when the writers’ subsequent spec, “Warden,” sold to New Line this month (see below). Logline:  Centers on a team of scientists aboard a space station monitoring activity around a black hole when they receive a transmission showing their deaths at the hands of mysterious aliens.   Arminius Writer:  Frank Moll RepsCAA and Rain Management Group BuyerFox Genre:  Period action AttachmentsRadiant Productions’ Wolfgang Petersen and LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn will produce. Logline:  Arminius was a German who was trained as a Roman warrior but who switched allegiance when the Romans tried to take over Germania.  At 25, he would eventually unite disparate Germanic tribes and rally them to victory against the Roman Army in the bloody Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, halting the Roman Empire’s expansion North.
Atom and Eve Writers:  Ethan Furman & Adam Farasati RepsGersh (Lee Keele) and Magnet Management (Zach Tann, Jennie Frisbie) BuyerCode Entertainment Genre:  Romantic Comedy Attachments:  Code’s Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso and Al Corley will produce with Content Engine’s Seth Jaret. Frisbie and Tann will executive produce with Jonathan Dana. Logline:  Follows a recently jilted young computer scientist who needs to impress her family by pretending that her humanoid artificial intelligent robot is actually her boyfriend.   Beneath Writers:  Patrick J. Doody & Chris Valenziano RepsAPA (Debbie Deuble-Hill, Sheryl Peterson), Hung Entertainment (Jonathan Hung) and New Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg) BuyerRevolver Pictures Genre:  Horror Attachments:  Austin Reading is attached to direct. Logline:  When a mine collapse traps a team of coal miners and a headstrong lawyer underground, they soon discover they’re not the only ones trying to get out.  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY meets THE DESCENT.   Bermuda Writers:  Nathan Brooks & Bobby Lee Darby RepsOriginal Artists (Chris Sablan, Jordan Bayer, Matt Leipzig) and Hung Entertainment (Jonathan Hung) BuyerWWE Films Genre:  Horror, Thriller Logline:  In the vein of “Paranormal Activity” and “The Blair Witch Project.” After a documentary film crew go missing in the Bermuda Triangle, only their recovered film footage holds the clues to their fate.   Bethlehem Writer:  Larry Brenner RepsCAA (Martin Spencer, Rand Holston) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Horror AttachmentsRoth Films’ Joe Roth and Palak Patel will produce.  Cedric Nicholas-Troyan (VFX Supervisor/2nd Unit Director, “Snow White And The Huntsman”) will direct. Notes:  Project hit the market in September 2011. Logline:  Follows a group of humans who turn to a helpful vampire to help shepherd them to safety from a pack of not-so-friendly vampires.   Black Box Writer:  David Guggenheim (“Safe House”) RepsParadigm (David Boxerbaum) and Madhouse (Adam Kolbrenner) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Action thriller Attachments:  Scott Stuber will produce through his Bluegrass Films with Kolbrenner. Notes:  Script received multiple offers and sold for a reported seven figures (one of three in two days) the same day it hit the market. Logline:  When Air Force One crashes into the Atlantic, killing the President and everyone aboard, its block box recording reveals the tragedy to be an accident.  But years later, a journalist who lost his wife in the crash receives an anonymous recording of the real black box…which reveals what really happened.   Black River Writer:  Ransom Riggs RepsParadigm (David Boxerbaum) and Heroes and Villains Entertainment (Markus Goerg, Dick Hillenbrand, Mikhail Nayfeld) BuyerBlack 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.   Blood Mountain Writer:  Jonathan Stokes RepsUTA (Ramses Ishak, Michael Sheresky, Scott Carr, Geoff Morely) and Energy Entertainment (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerDerby Street Films Genre:  Thriller AttachmentsMovie Package Company’s Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick will produce with James Gibb.  Derby Street’s Rachel Durkin and Nicola Horlick will executive produce with Stokes and Weaver. Notes:  Originally went out in July 2011; made the 2011 Black List. Logline:  After his team is ambushed and killed in Pakistan, a young army ranger must escort the world’s most wanted terrorist over dangerous terrain in order to bring him to justice. While being hunted by both of their enemies, they must find a way to work together in order to survive.   Bloodshot Writer:  Jeff Wadlow RepsWME (Rob Carlson, Roger Green) BuyerColumbia Genre:  Action AttachmentsOriginal 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.   Bone Tomahawk Writer:  S. Craig Zahler RepsUTA (Julien Thuan, Emerson Davis, Tim Phillips) and Caliber Media (Dallas Sonnier) BuyerCaliber Media Genre:  Horror western Attachments:  Zahler is attached to direct. Logline:  A rag-tag group goes on a rescue mission to save people captured by a gang of creature-like cannibals.   Candy Store Writers:  Shannon Burke & Stephen Gaghan RepsCAA (Beth Swofford, Brian Kend, Joe Cohen, Micah Green) BuyerLionsgate Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Gaghan will direct and produce under his Unsupervised banner along with Allie Shearmur through her eponymous production company.  Flashlight Films’ Kipp Nelson and Allyn Stewart will executive produce. Notes:  Project originally appeared in September 2009.  At the time of sale, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington were reportedly circling the two lead roles.  Shearmur’s Chris Coggins and Lionsgate’s Matthew Janzen will supervise. Logline:  An elite, highly trained, deep cover operative loses everything and disappears.  He resurfaces years later as a beat cop in Brooklyn, only to discover that the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is now operating in his new back yard.   Cardiac Writer:  Lars Jacobson RepsCAA (Craig Brady & Adam Kanter) and Brian Lutz Management (Brian Lutz) BuyerFox Genre: Thriller Attachments:  John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Logline:  In the vein of TAKEN and SAFE HOUSE, involving a father who has six hours to find the criminals that have stolen a heart intended for his daughter’s transplant surgery.
Cherries Writers:  Brian & Jim Kehoe RepsDMG Entertainment (Chris Fenton) BuyerGood Universe Genre:  Action comedy Attachments:  Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will direct and produce with DMG’s Dan Mintz, Chris Cowles and Fenton.  Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Logline:  Three naive dads band together to stop their high school sophomore daughters from making good on a prom night sex pact.  “The Hangover” meets “Taken.”   Chewie Writers:  Van Robichaux & Evan Susser RepsWME (Mike Esola) and Industry (Jess Rosenthal) BuyerInferno Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Kyle Newman (“Fanboys”) is attached to direct.  Rosenthal and Inferno’s D.J. Gugenheim will produce. Notes:  Script was on the 2011 Black List. Logline:  A satirical, behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Star Wars” through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca.   Coffee Town Writer:  Brad Copeland Reps:  UTA (Julien Thuan, Matt Rice) BuyerCollege Humor Attachments:  Copeland is attached to direct.  Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Groban are attached to star. Notes:  Ricky Van Veen will oversee for College Humor. Logline:  Centers on Will, a website manager, and his friends who regularly drop in to a local coffee house. Echoing news stories about Starbucks baristas banding together to lock bathrooms and otherwise thwart habitués, the group must come together when their freeloading existence is threatened.   Comancheria Writer:  Taylor Sheridan RepsGersh (Bayard Maybank) and Elevate (Jenny Wood) BuyerSindey Kimmel Genre:  Action Attachments:  Sidney Kimmel will produce with Film 44’s Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Logline:  A heist flick set in west Texas.
Currency Writer:  Mark DiStefano (“Breaking the Girls”) RepsAPA (David Saunders, Jim Gosnell) and Anonymous (Steve Golin, Alix Madigan) BuyerParticipant Media Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Ric Roman Waugh (“Snitch”) is attached to direct.  Golin and Madigan will produce. Logline:  Centers on two Secret Service agents in pursuit of a private mercenary’s powerful and sophisticated counterfeiting operation.   Day 38 Writers:  Chris Rossi & Gabriel Scott RepsAPA (Ryan Saul) and Untitled Entertainment (Jennifer Levine) BuyerSyfy Films Attachments:  Richard Farmer is attached to direct. Mary Viola and McG will produce through Wonderland Sound & Vision. Genre:  Action adventure Notes:  Originally went out in August 2010. Logline:  TWISTER meets PREDATOR. A team of storm chasers finds itself caught in the path of a category 5 tornado, but the real problem is what’s inside it.   Dear Satan Writer:  Dan Ewen RepsAPA (Chris Ridenhour, Will Lowery) and Elements Entertainment (Christopher Pratt) Genre:  Comedy BuyerFox Attachments:  The Farrelly brothers will direct and produce through Conundrum Entertainment. Logline:  Follows a young girl who accidentally misspells Santa and instead invites Satan to bring her a toy for Christmas.   Divorce Party Writers:  Mukilan Thangamani (script) and Ali Asgar Millwala (story) BuyerEnderby Entertainment Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Rick Dugdale, Rob Skinner, Ean Thorley and Daniel Petrie Jr. will produce. Notes:  Script was surfaced by Tracking-Board.com as part of its “TB Recommends” feature. Logline:  “Bridesmaids” meets “Love Actually.”  Chronicles the intersecting arcs and misadventures of a group of friends attending a divorce party.   Draft Day Writers:  Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman RepsCAA (Chris Till, Bill Zotti), Gersh (Lee Keele) and Kaplan Perrone (Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg) BuyerParamount Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Ivan Reitman to direct and produce through The Montecito Picture Company along with Ali Bell and Tom Pollock. Logline:  Centers on the general manager of the Buffalo Bills as he spends the day of the NFL draft frantically trying to get the number one pick for his team.   El Tigre Writers:  Aaron Buchsbaum & Teddy Riler RepsParadigm (Ida Ziniti, Mark Ross) and Mosaic (Michael Lasker) BuyerColumbia Genre:  Comedy AttachmentsMosaic’s Jimmy Miller and David Householter will produce. Notes:  Jonathan Kadin, Matt Riley, and Josh Church will oversee. Logline:  Under wraps.   Empire Writer:  Ben Ripley (“Source Code”) RepsGersh (Bob Hohman, Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank) and Mosaic (Michael Lasker) BuyerNew Regency Genre:  Action AttachmentsThe Mark Gordon Co.’s Mark Gordon and Drew Simon will produce. Logline:  Under wraps.   Epsilon Writers:  Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese (“Zombieland”) RepsWME (Greg Hodes, Phil D’Amecourt) BuyerColumbia Pictures Genre:  Sci-fi thriller AttachmentsMichael de Luca will produce through his eponymous production company along with Wernick and Reese. Notes:  Purchase price was a reported seven figures (one of three in two days). Logline:  When a group of robots hide out on a space station after a failed rebellion, the machines use human lab rats as their agents until one man discovers he’s different from the rest.   Everybody Wants Head Writers:  Peter Hoare & Christopher Lilli RepsKailey Marsh Management (Kailey Marsh) BuyerCinetic Media and Sentinel Pictures Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Sentinel’s Adam Brawer and David Beitchman will produce with Marsh and Benjamin Scott. Logline:  Centers on a man with extreme OCD who inadvertently meets a shameless sex addict in group therapy. After a series of unfortunate events, the two wind up on the run (from the cops and the mob) carrying a severed head in a bowling ball bag.   Family Vacation Writer:  Eric Reese RepsCAA (Stuart Manashil, Matt Rosen) and The Gotham Group BuyerParamount Insurge Genre:  Thriller AttachmentsAllegiance Theater‘s Daniel Dubiecki will produce. Logline: Under wraps.   Flashback Writer:  Will Honley RepsVerve (Adam Levine, Bill Weinstein, Bryan Besser, Rob Herting, Zach Carlisle) and Mindframe Entertainment (Jesse Silver) BuyerEndgame Genre:  Sci-Fi Notes:  Went out in November 2011 and made the 2011 Black List. Logline:  The first person to travel the speed of light (a former NASA pilot with amnesia) realizes he has the ability to travel back in time and along the way rediscovers his love for his wife.   Furlough Writer:  Sherman Payne RepsAPA (Chris Ridenhour) and Caliber Media (Adam Marshall) BuyerLava Bear Films Genre:  Action thriller Attachments:  Witten Pictures” Brian Witten and Tory Metzger will produce. Logline:  A convict, granted a temporary release from prison to attend his murdered son’s funeral, goes on a hunt for his son’s killers in hopes of taking them all down before he must return behind bars.   Garden District Writers:  Tony Jaswinski & Luke Goltz RepsCircle of Confusion (Lawrence Mattis, Ashley Berns) BuyerDimension Genre:  Horror 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.
Gaslight Writer:  Ian Fried RepsWME (Mike Esola, Daniel Cohan) and Prolific (Will Rowbotham) BuyerExclusive Media Group Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Exclusive Media’s Guy East, Simon Oakes and Nigel Sinclair will executive produce. Notes:  Originally went out in June 2011; made the 2011 Black List. Logline:  Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share one thing in common:  Dual puncture wounds to the neck.   Gideon’s Law Writer:  Chris Bullett RepsNew Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg) BuyerAmazon Studios Genre:  Thriller Logline:  When a disgraced young cop is assigned a routine civilian ride-along, he quickly learns that his passenger is not what he seems and that he has just entered into a brutal battle with a killer who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. In the vein of an action-packed COLLATERAL.   Glimmer Writer:  Carter Blanchard RepsParadigm (David Boxerbaum) and Madhouse (Adam Kolbrenner) BuyerDreamWorks Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Madhouse’s Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger will produce and Ryan Cunningham will executive produce. Notes:  Sold for seven figures. Logline:  An Amblin-esque found footage film   Ground Control to Major Tom Writer:  Jason Micallef RepsWME (Rich Cook) BuyerDisney Genre:  Romantic comedy Attachments:  Seth Gordon to direct and executive produce. Michael De Luca will produce through his eponymous company with Underground Films and Management’s Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire. Notes:  Disney’s Jocelyn Diaz will oversee for the studio. Logline:  Under wraps.   Haunt Writer:  Andrew Barrer (“Die In A Gunfight”) RepsWME (Danny Greenberg, David Karp, Mike Esola, Zach Druker) and Prolific Entertainment (Will Rowbotham) BuyerQED International Genre:  Horror Attachments:  Commercial director Mac Carter is attached to direct.  QED’s Bill Block and Paul Hanson will produce along with Rowbotham, Anton Lessine, Sasha Shapiro, Room 101‘s Steven Schneider and Rivergate Entertainment’s Alex Yazlovsky. Logline:  A family moves into a home with a dark past, and their son becomes involved with the beautiful girl next door.  When the two begin to explore their sexual awakening, they unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house.   High Value Target Writers:  Spenser Cohen (story by Cohen & Zach Luna) RepsEnergy (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerMillennium Genre:  Action thriller Attachments:  Cohen will direct.  Vinson Films’ Tripp Vinson will produce with Weaver.  Vinson’s Lisa Zambri will executive produce, and Anna Halberg will co-produce. Notes:  Project originally went out in March 2012 as a pitch from Cohen and Luna, with Cohen attached to direct.  Cohen ended up writing the script on spec solo. Logline:  An international squad of private military contractors infiltrate a cargo ship overrun by pirates in order to capture and extract a seemingly impossible “High Value Target.”  “Black Hawk Down” meets “The Raid.”   Holiday Spin Writer:  Albert Leon RepsOriginal Artists (Chris Sablan, Matt Leipzig, Jordan Bayer) BuyerLifetime Genre:  Dramedy Notes:  Went out to studios in November 2011. Logline:  Set over the holidays in the world of competitve ballroom dancing aka DanceSport.  Centers on a reluctant young dancer who is forced to embrace his gift when he finally meets his estranged father and falls in love with the girl of his dreams. “Save the Last Dance” in the world of competitive ballroom dancing.   Huck Writer:  Andy Burg RepsICM (Todd Hoffman) and Brucks Entertainment (Bryan Brucks) BuyerParamount Genre:  Action adventure AttachmentsChernin’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.   Interrogation Writer:  Adam Rodin RepsThe Bohrman Agency (Caren Bohrman) BuyerWWE Studios Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  WWE’s Vince McMahon will produce. Notes:  Went out in April. Logline:  In the vein of “The Usual Suspects.”  An unorthodox interrogator goes mano-a-mano with the prime suspect in a mysterious ticking time bomb situation.   Invertigo Writers:  Bradley Cramp & Ehren Kruger BuyerColumbia Genre:  Unknown Attachments:  Kruger will produce with his Bobker/Kruger partner Daniel Bobker and Original Films’ Neal Moritz. Notes: Andrea Giannetti will oversee for Columbia.   JTAC Writer:  David Frigerio RepsHung Entertainment (Jonathan Hung) BuyerArmory Films Genre:  Action AttachmentsBenderspink will produce. Logline:  TBA.   Lauren Pemberton Is No Longer In A Relationship Writer:  Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger RepsVerve (Bryan Besser, Rob Herting) BuyerMillennium Films Genre:  Comedy AttachmentsRobert 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.   Leave Writers:  Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari RepsWME (Mike Esola, David Karp) and Prolific Entertainment (Will Rowbotham) BuyerQED International Genre:  Thriller Logline:  A Vietnam-era thriller which follows a group of U.S. soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress while on leave in Thailand.   Lights Out Writer:  Jay Frasco RepsAPA (Ryan Saul) and Festa Entertainment (Dannie Festa) BuyerUniversal Pictures, SyFy Films Genre:  Sci-fi thriller Notes:  Based on Frasco’s unpublished manuscript. Logline:  TBA, but Deadline reports “the story focuses on [a] teenage boy trapped in his house with his sister when a deadly intruder enters the home and mysterious events” start to occur.   Lockdown At Franklin High Writers:  Joe Ballarini & Gregg Bishop RepsParadigm (David Boxerbaum), Apostle (George Heller) and Grade A (Andy Cohen) BuyerColumbia Genre:  Sci-fi AttachmentsPlatinum 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.   Lore Writer:  Cory Goodman & Jeremy Lott RepsWME (Daniel Cohan, David Stone), Paradigm (Trevor Astbury) and Aperture (Adam Goldworm) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Action fantasy Attachments:  Dwayne Johnson is set to star. Mad Chance Productions’ Andrew Lazar will produce with Circle of Confusion’s Rick Jacobs and David Alpert. Miri Yoon, Ted Adams and Ashley Wood will executive produce. Goldworm will co-produce. Notes:  Based on the IDW Publishing comic by Ashley Wood and TP Louise. Had been in development at Circle since 2010. Logline:  Pitched as MEN IN BLACK with mythological creatures.  Centers on a young man who reluctantly becomes a member of an elite secret order charged with protecting humanity from the beasts of folklore who invade our world.   Love And Weapons Writer:  Stephen Belber RepsICM Partners (Ted Chervin, Todd Hoffman) and Brillstein (Missy Malkin) BuyerMyriad Pictures Genre:  Action comedy AttachmentsAndrew Lazar will produce with Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico. LoglinePer Deadline, it’s “a wild ride of a love story in the spirit of “Three Kings,” set against the backdrop of travelling U.N. weapons inspectors.”   Manhattan Undying Writer:  Matt Deller RepsEmpirical Management (Scott Leddy) BuyerSobini Films Genre:  Thriller 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.   Marrow Writer: Erik W. Van Der Wolf RepsThe Muraviov Company (Kathy Muraviov) BuyerTrain Bridge Films Genre:  Thriller Notes:  Went out in April. Logline:  Centers on a woman who discovers that a bone marrow transplant has given her a new personality and memories — including the memory of how her donor was murdered.   Match Writers:  Ben Shiffrin & Dan Antoniazzi RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro) and The Gotham Group (Jeremy Bell) BuyerMillennium Genre:  Comedy AttachmentsScott Sanders Productions’ Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs will produce.  Bryan Kalfus will executive produce. Logline:  A dating website executive plots against a rival company that beefs up its clients’ profiles to help them find hookups.   Me Him Her Writer:  Max Landis RepsWME (Danny Gabai, David Karp) and Circle of Confusion (Britton Rizzio) BuyerBig Beach Films Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  This is Landis’ directing debut.  Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will produce. Logline:  Follows three Los Angeles twentysomethings who are hung up on their sexual identity.   Mixtape Writer:  Stacey Menear RepsWME (Cliff Roberts) and Parallax Talent Management (Jim Wedaa) BuyerMaven Pictures Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Tom Vaughan will direct. Maven’s Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will produce with Wedaa. Notes:  2009 Black List script. Logline:  After a 12-year old girl who’s being raised by her aunt discovers and destroys a mixtape that belonged to her mother, she sets out on a quest to track down each of the songs listed on the tape’s case.   Mojave Writer:  William Monahan RepsWME (Chris Donnelly) and Anonymous Content (Michael Sugar) Buyer:  Atlas Independent Genre:  Thriller 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.   Monster Problems Writer:  Brian Duffield RepsGersh (Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank) and Circle of Confusion (Zachary Cox, David Engel, Noah Rosen) BuyerParamount Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Shawn Levy to direct and produce through 21 Laps. Notes:  Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen to oversee for 21 Laps.  Reportedly sold for low against mid six figures. Logline:  A post-apocalyptic road movie in the vein of “Mad Max” and “Zombieland” with a John Hughes-esque love story.   My Owner’s Wedding Writers:  Robert Cary & Jonthan Tollins RepsAlan Gasmer & Friends (Alan Gasmer) BuyerMillennium Genre:  Romantic comedy Attachments:  Cary, Tollins and Millennium’s Mark Gill will produce.  Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Alan Gasmer will executive produce. Notes:  Jessica Biel is reportedly in talks to star. Logline:  Centers on two eligible young women, the man both of them want, and his dog.  The latter will go to any length to make sure his owner ends up with the right girl.   Nancy & Danny Writer:  Brad Ingelsby RepsWME (David Stone) and Energy (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerIndian Paintbrush Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  James Marsh (“Man On A Wire”) is attached to direct.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carey Mulligan is in negotiations to star.  Alexandra Milchan is still attached to produce through her EMJAG Productions with Todd Field and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal. Notes:  Project originally surfaced in December 2009. Logline:  Per THR, project is in the vein of “To Die For.”  A money-hungry woman whose big-city dreams failed uses a hapless man as a pawn in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes awry.   Not Safe For Work aka NSFW Writers:  Simon Boyes & Adam Mason RepsWME (Daniel Cohan) and Brucks Entertainment (Bryan Brucks) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Joe Johnston (CAPTAIN AMERICA) is attached to direct.  Max Minghella and Eloise Mumford are in talks to star.  Brucks will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Notes:  Originally went out in June 2011. Logline:  A young paralegal is trapped in an office with a killer on a secret mission to destroy files and anyone who stands in his path.   Off the Grid Writers:  Christopher Cantwell & Christopher Rogers RepsVerve (Aaron Hart) and Management 360 (Jennifer Graham, Chris Huvane) BuyerIndian Paintbrush Genre:  Thriller 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.   Olympus Has Fallen Writers:  Katrin Benedikt & Creighton Rothenberger (aka The Rothenbergers) RepsGersh (Devra Lieb, Dan Vantresca) and Kaplan-Perrone (Alex Lerner) BuyerMillennium Films Genre:  Action 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.
One Night Stand Writer:  Joel Edgerton RepsCAA (Kimberly Hodgert) BuyerNew Regency Genre:  Dramedy Attachments:  Joel Edgerton will executive produce (but is not attached to star). Notes:  Brad Weston and Carla Hacken will oversee for New Regency. Logline:  An honest look at a man and a woman in the aftermath of a one night stand.   Our Name Is Adam Writer:  T.S. Nowlin (“Agent 13”) and Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) RepsWME (Dan Cohan, Mike Esola) and Caliber (Adam Marshall) BuyerParamount and Skydance Genre:  Sci-Fi Attachments:  Tom Cruise is attached to star. Mary Parent will produce under her Disruption Entertainment banner. Logline:  Per Spec Scout:  “A wimpy boy, in the shadow of his talented brother, finds himself pulled into unlikley adventure when his future self appears on a time travelling quest to save the world.”   Panic Zone Writers:  Karen McCullah & Kristen Smith (“Legally Blonde”) RepsParadigm (Lee Cohen) and ContentEngine (Seth Jaret) BuyerEaling Studios Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Ealing’s Barnaby Thompson will produce with Marc Platt Productions’ Marc Platt and Adam Siegel as well as McCullah and Smith.  Ealing’s James Spring and Ben Latham-Jones of Londinium Films will executive produce. Logline:  Per Platt’s quote in Variety, it’s “a modern comedy about the perils of being a woman over 35 trying to find love.”   Patrol Writer:  Jayson Rothwell (“The Order of the Seven”) RepsWME (Rich Cook, Philip D’Amecourt, Marc Korman) and Anonymous (Bard Dorros) BuyerParamount Insurge Genre:  Action thriller Attachments:  Stefan Sonnenfeld will produce through his Sunnyfield Productions. Notes:  Sarah Perlman Bremner developed this and will oversee for Sunnyfield. Logline:  When a US Marines patrol chases drug smugglers to a remote island, their mission takes an unexpectedly deadly twist.   Peste Writer:  Barbara Marshall RepsAPA (Debbie Deuble -Hill) and Industry (Ava Jamshidi) BuyerIM Global Octane Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Sherryl Clark will produce under her Busted Shark banner. Notes:  Script landed on the 2012 Blood List, Hit List and Black List.  Purchase by IM Global Octane was announced within days of the latter. Logline:  During the C1H1 outbreak, a couple and their two daughters spent 48 days under mandatory Ohio state quarentine. The family’s current whereabouts are unknown.   Picture Book Writer:  Ben Magid RepsWME (Mike Esola) and Energy Entertainment (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerSkyrock Ventures Genre:  Horror Attachments:  Damian Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot are attached to direct.  Weaver will produce.  Skyrock’s Sameera Eligeti and Paul Rock will executive produce with Magid. Logline:  Contained horror/thriller in the vein of THE OTHERS.   Playing Dirty Writer:  Richard Blaney & Gregory Small RepsOriginal Artists (Chris Sablan, Jordan Bayer, Matt Leipzig) and 59 Management (Marti Blumenthal) BuyerMillennium Genre:  Thriller AttachmentsMandalay Pictures’ Cathy Schulman and Adam Stone will produce with Millennium’s Mark Gill. Logline:  A young law student learns to let loose and explore his adventurous side after meeting a sexy and mysterious stranger.  After some exhilirating nights of debauchery, car chases and threesomes, things go awry when the student finds himself the target of her psychotic plans.   Pontius Pilate Writer:  Vera Blasi (“Woman On Top”) RepsUTA (Andrew Cannava) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Epic period biopic Attachments:  Mark Johnson will produce through his Gran Via production company. Notes:  Lynn Harris will oversee for Warner Bros. Logline:  Biopic.   Priority Run Writer:  Terrance Mulloy RepsUTA (Jon Huddle) and Benderspink (Jake Wagner) BuyerArclight Films Genre:  Action Attachments:  Arclight’s Mike Gabrawy will executive produce and Gary Hamilton will produce with Paradox Entertainment’s Fredrik Malmberg. Notes:  Project originally went out in 2009 but didn’t sell; was in development at Platinum Dunes in 2010. Logline:  Centers on a small group of correctional officers and inmates who must band together to fend off a mysterious attack when their prison bus is sabotaged on a remote stretch of highway.   Race to the South Pole Writer:  Peter Glanz (“The Longest Week”) RepsWME (Rich Cook, Theresa Kang) and Mosaic (Langley Perer) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Adventure Attachments:  Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd will produce through Pearl Street Films.  Casey Affleck is set to star as Scott. Notes:  Sarah Schechter will oversee for Warners. Logline:  Two early 1900‘s explorers, Englishman Robert Falcon Scott and Norwegian Roald Amundsen, race each other to become the first man to reach the South Pole.   Rocket’s Red Glare Writer:  Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) RepsCAA (Todd Feldman, John Garvey) BuyerColumbia Pictures Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film. Notes:  Purchase price was a reported seven figures (one of three in two days).  Ori Marmur will oversee for Original. Logline:  From Variety:  Story revolves around the CFO of a Mexican drug cartel who surrenders himself to a rural Texas border patrol agent, promising the delivery of $8 billion within 72 hours in exchange for immunity.  The agent must keep his high-value asset alive amidst a slew of cartel assassination attempts, resulting in a national security emergency.   Romeo aka Romeo/Juliet Writer:  Will Simmons RepsUTA (Jason Burns, Geoff Morley) and Energy (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerBUF Genre:  Action thriller Attachments:  Weaver will produce with Hicham Benkirane, Derrick Eppich and India Osborne. Logline:  A modern-day re-imagining of the classic play, with Romeo an undercover DEA agent tasked with infiltrating a Miami crime syndicate controlled by Juliet’s father.  Tonally in the vein of “Fast & Furious.”   Run All Night Writer:  Brad Ingelsby RepsWME (Mike Esola) and Energy Entertainment (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Action Attachments:  Roy Lee will produce through his Vertigo Films banner with Weaver. Logline:  In a single night, an aging mob hitman is forced to take on his former boss. The guy has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.   Sanctuary Writer:  Alan Trezza (aka Todd Warner, per the script’s cover page) RepsMagnet Management BuyerParamount Pictures Genre:  Supernatural action AttachmentsSilver Pictures’ Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce; Alex Heineman will executive produce. Notes:  Elizabeth Raposo will oversee for Paramount. Logline:  A young woman who is possessed by a powerful demonic force seeks refuge within the Sanctuary, a Vatican-run secret organization that teaches the possessed to channel their inner demon and use its power as a weapon against evil.  “Wanted” meets “Blade,” but with demons.   Savage Planet Writer:  Cole Haddon RepsICM (Lars Theriot) and Anonymous Content (Bard Dorros, Alex Goldstone) BuyerColumbia Genre:  Unknown AttachmentsMatt Tolmach and Ari Arad will produce through their eponymous companies with Anonymous’s Dorros and Goldstone. Notes:  Originally went out in May 2011. Logline:  Under wraps.   Saving Mr. Banks Writers:  Kelly Marcel RepsWME (Philip Raskind) BuyerDisney Genre:  Drama Attachments:  John Lee Hancock is reportedly in talks to direct.  Ruby Films’ Alison Owen will produce. Notes:  2011 Black List script. Logline:  The story of how Walt Disney secured the rights to “Mary Poppins.”   Scorn Writer:  Derek Kolstad RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro, Max Michael) and New Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg) BuyerThunder Road Genre:  Action Attachments:  Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk will produce. Notes:  Project was purchased through Thunder Road’s discretionary fund. Logline:  Under wraps.   Seamus McSeamus Writer:  Adam “Tex” Davis RepsParadigm (Lee Cohen) and Benderspink (JC Spink, Chris Bender) BuyerArmory Films Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Benderspink will produce with Armory. Logline:  TBA.   Slayer Writer:  Martin Helgeland RepsWME (Rich Cook) BuyerLegendary 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.   Somacell Writer:  Ashleigh Powell RepsGersh (Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank, Devra Lieb) and Benderspink (Jake Weiner) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Sci-Fi Thriller Attachments:  David Goyer will produce under his Phantom Four banner. Logline:  In the near future, a female prison guard discovers that the virtual reality rehabilitation process that they use on prisoners is not what it seems to be, and struggles to solve the mystery.   Son of a Bitch Writer:  Kelly Oxford RepsWME (Cliff Roberts, Lisa Harrison) and Anonymous Content (Steve Golin, Kelly Kohansky Roberts) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Comedy AttachmentsAnonymous Content will produce. Logline:  A popular party girl tries to maintain her image despite recently becoming pregnant.   Story of Your Life Writer:  Eric Heisserer RepsUTA (Barbara Dreyfus, Jon Huddle) and Art/Work (Julie Bloom) BuyerFilm Nation Genre:  Sci-fi AttachmentsLava Bear’s David Linde and 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy will produce. Notes:  Based on the short story by Ted Chiang.  Script appeared on 2012’s Blood List, Hit List and Black List. Logline:  When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.  As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.   Straight Edge Writer:  Rich Wilkes RepsVerve (Adam Levine) and Management 360 (Daniel Rappaport) BuyerSilver Pictures Genre:  Action thriller Logline:  TBA, but said to center on a heist gone wrong.  Tonally in the vein of “48 Hrs.” and “Lethal Weapon.”   Subdivision Writers:  Alex Ankeles & Morgan Jurgenson (“Hyperdrive”) RepsCAA (Bill Zotti), APA (Ryan Saul), Kaplan/Perrone (Aaron Kaplan) and Hung Entertainment (Jonathan Hung) BuyerUniversal Pictures Genre:  Sci-Fi Comedy Attachments:  Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) to direct and produce through his Barnstorm Pictures. Logline:  Per Spec Scout:  “After falling from a roof and hitting his head, a rebellious teenage boy starts to see unexplainable things in his seemingly normal suburban neighborhood.”   Swimming Hole Writer:  Justin Bull RepsManus Entertainment (Marc Manus) BuyerEnvision Media Arts (“Celeste And Jesse Forever”) Genre:  Horror thriller Logline:  From EMA’s website:  A high school senior ditches class to meet her boyfriend at the local swimming hole on the last day of school, only to be trapped on a dock in the middle of the pond, surrounded by a school of “an experimental breed of bloodthirsty, hyper-intelligent bloodsuckers.”
Swindle Writers:  Enzo Mileti & Scott Wilson RepsICM (Kathleen Remington) BuyerParamount Genre:  Action heist AttachmentsMichael De Luca will produce through his eponymous shingle.  Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana are attached to star and produce. Logline:  Under wraps.   The Adversary Writer:  Faisal A. Qureshi Buyer:  Bazelevs Production Genre:  Action Attachments:  Timur Bekmambetov to produce. Notes:  Won the pitching prize at the third Astana International Film Festival in Kazakhstan. Logline:  Centers on a stranger recruited to defend a Jewish settlement from rampaging Cossacks.   The Beard Writer:  Becca Greene RepsCAA (Jacqueline Sacerio) and MXN (Mason Novick, Michelle Knudsen) BuyerChernin Entertainment Genre:  Romantic comedy Attachments:  Reese Witherspoon will star and produce with Chernin through her Pacific Standard banner. Logline:  Under wraps.   The Bloody Benders Writer:  Adam Robitel RepsAPA (David Saunders) BuyerNecropia Entertainment and Angryfilms Genre:  Horror Attachments:  Necropia’s Guillermo del Toro and Angryfilms’ Susan Montford and Don Murphy will produce. Logline:  Based on the true story of the Benders, a husband, wife, son and daughter who ran a hotel in Kansas on the outskirts of the prairie in 1873. As many as 20 guests checked in to the hotel and never checked out: The guests were robbed and murdered by their hosts, and the killers were never punished.   The Codex Writer:  Michael Cravotta RepsNew Wave Entertainment (Mike Goldberg, Josh Adler) Genre:  Action adventure BuyerAmazon Studios Logline:  “Da Vinci Code” meets “National Treasure”   The Counselor Writer:  Cormac McCarthy RepsICM (Amanda “Binky” Urban, Ron Bernstein) BuyerNick Wechsler Productions and Chockstone Genre:  Drama Attachments:  Nick Wechsler will produce through his eponymous shingle along with Chockstone’s Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz. Notes:  Ridley Scott is reportedly in talks to direct. Logline:  Follows a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe into the drug business without getting sucked in.   The Current War Writer:  Michael Mitnick RepsWME (Simon Faber) and Fourth Floor (Jeff Silver) BuyerBazelevs Genre:  Drama AttachmentsFilm Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch will produce with Bazelevs’ Timur Bekmambetov.  Bekmambetov will direct. Notes:  2011 Black List script.  Michele Wolkoff and Alan Kahmoui will oversee for Bazelevs. Logline:  Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create the first sustainable electrical current.   The Disappointments Room Writer:  Wentworth Miller RepsICM (Nicole Clemens, Nigel Meiojas, Dar Rollins, Adam Weinstein) and The Gotham Group (Lee Stollman, Lindsay Williams) Genre:  Thriller BuyerVoltage Films and Killer Films Attachments:  Nicholas Chartier, Zev Foreman, Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon will produce. Logline:  Follows a family that moves into a mysterious old house with a dark past.   The Disciple Program Writers:  Tyler Marceca RepsWME (Rich Cook, Philip D’Amecourt) and Anonymous Content (Bard Dorrs, Michael Sugar) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Steve Levinson and Mark Wahlberg will produce through Leverage Entertainment.  Wahlberg is set to star.  Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) to direct. Logline:  A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined.   The Fall Writer:  Christopher Cosmos RepsBenderspink (JC Spink, Chris Bender, Jake Weiner) BuyerQED Entertainment Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  QED’s Bill Block will produce. Logline:  After a blood-borne virus twice as deadly as the Black Plague ravages the world, a man carrying a cure for the epidemic has to travel from LA to DC while being hunted by men who want the cure for themselves.   The God Particle Writer:  Oren Uziel RepsWME (Sharon Jackson) and Circle of Confusion (Britton Rizzio) BuyerParamount Genre:  Sci-fi AttachmentsBad Robot’s J.J. Abrams will produce. Logline:  After a physics experiment with a large hadron collider causes the Earth to seemingly vanish completely, the terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space.  When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation or a harbinger of doom.   The Good Samaritan Writer:  Peter A. Dowling RepsAPA (Debbie Deuble-Hill) BuyerParadox Entertainment Genre:  Thriller AttachmentsBavariapool’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.   The Gun Eaters Writers:  Jordan Goldberg & Alex Paraskevas RepsUTA (Rebecca Ewing, Keya Khayatian) and Oasis (David Lonner, Benjamin Rowe) BuyerParamount Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Oasis’ Lonner and Rowe will produce. Notes:  2011 Black List script Logline:  Four hardened New York detectives race to apprehend a relentless spree-killer who’s executing victims from Queens to Southampton in the span of a single day.   The Incredible True Story of Jessica & Drew Who Boned on the Way to the Wedding Writers:  Erin Simon & Kimberly Karp RepsWME BuyerFox 2000 Genre:  Comedy AttachmentsSunswept’s Karen Rosenfelt will produce with MXN’s Mason Novick. Logline:  Centers on two people who, while on their way to a destination wedding and with other partners on their minds, hook up and fall in love.   The Join Writer:  Justin Rhodes (“Contract Killers”) RepsICM (Lars Theriot) and Madhouse (Adam Kolbrenner) BuyerLegendary Pictures Genre:  Sci-Fi Thriller Attachments:  Legendary’s Alex Hedlund will executive produce. Logline:  Set in the wake of a terrible particle accelerator accident, story follows a first response hazmat team sent in to investigate, only to find themselves targeted for assassination as soon as they emerge.  In the vein of “Three Days of the Condor,” crossed with “Inception” and “Looper.”   The Last Breath Writer:  Paul J. Salamoff RepsStation3 (Kailey Marsh) BuyerChickie the Cop Entertainment Genre:  Supernatural horror Attachments:  Chickie’s Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin will produce. LoglinePer Variety, story revolves around the lone survivor of a suicide pact who’s haunted by a vengeful, otherworldly entity which demands her death.   The Man in the Rearview Mirror Writers:  Andy Pagana & Justin Thomas RepsVerve (Rob Herting, Bill Weinstein) and Industry (Michael Botti, Andrew Deane) BuyerLatitude Productions and Lascaux Films Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Curtis Burch will produce with Bob and Judy Gass. Logline:  “Rear Window”-esque story set in the 1950s.  Follows a man, his wife and her mother who pursue a suspected kidnapper at high speeds on the freeway.   The Most Wonderful Time Writer:  Steven Rogers RepsICM (Nicole Clemens) BuyerRelativity Media Genre:  Comedy Attachments:  Jesse Nelson (I AM SAM) is attached to direct and produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer.  Imagine’s Kim Roth will executive produce with Rogers. Notes:  Diane Keaton and Robert Redford are reportedly circling the project. Logline:  A story about two people who live for the future or hang onto the past, which prevents them from living in the moment, and not appreciating what is right in front of them.
The Quiet Ones Writer:  Vik Weet RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro, Max Michael) and New Wave Entertainment (Mike Goldberg, Josh Adler) BuyerNew Regency/Shine Genre:  Horror AttachmentsEMJAG to produce. Logline:  In the vein of “Paranormal Activity.”  Three students walked into a house. Ninety minutes later, all three of them were dead. This is what happened.   The Timber Writers:  Anthony O’Brien, Colin Ossiander & Steve Allrich BuyerANA Media Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  O’Brien is attached to direct.  Josh Peck (“The Wackness,” “ATM”)and James Ransone (“Prom Night”) are attached to star. ANA’s Scott Einbinder and Patrick Newall will produce. Logline:  Revolves around two brothers torn from their family who set out to find their violent father, a twisted man who has turned the Yukon Territory into his own personal hell. Set during the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush.   The Voices Writer:  Michael R. Perry (“Paranormal Activity”) RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro) and Kaplan/Perrone (Aaron Kaplan) BuyerMandalay Vision Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”) is attached to direct.  Roy Lee will produce through his Vertigo Entertainment along with Mandalay’s Matthew Rhodes, Adam Stone and Cathy Schulman. Notes:  Script originally surfaced on the 2009 Black List.  Per Deadline, casting is under way for a Spring 2013 production. Logline:  A disturbed man attempts to walk the straight-and-narrow while receiving evil and benevolent advice (respectively) from his “talking” pet cat and dog.   The Waiting Writers:  Mark Bianculli & Jeff Richard RepsWME (Danny Greenberg, David Karp) and Anonymous Content (Elana Barry, Rosalie Swedlin) BuyerWarner Bros. Genre:  Horror Notes:  Chantal Nong and Sarah Schechter will oversee for Warners. Logline:  Mysterious events occur when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting to mess with an unsuspecting neighbor.  REAR WINDOW meets PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.   Thirteen Writer:  Ben Magid RepsWME (Mike Esola) and Energy Entertainment (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Weaver will produce with Strike Entertainment’s Kristin Laiblin and Eric Newman. Notes:  Sold preemptively to Universal. Logline:  When six friends decided to purposely become demonically possessed as part of an extreme experiment, they soon discover they’re in for much more than they bargained for.   Transmission Writer:  Michael Hurst RepsOriginal Artists (Chris Sablan, Jordan Bayer, Matt Leipzig) and New Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg) BuyerFox International Genre:  Found footage sci-fi Attachments:  Hurst will direct. Logline:  Under wraps, but is about an apocalypic infection.   Trigger Writer:  Max Enscoe RepsOriginal Artists (Chris Sablan, Matt Leipzig, Jordan Bayer) BuyerChapman Filmed Entertainment Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Travis Knox to produce.  Bob Yari, William Immerman, Adam Rosenfelt, and Brian Pitt to executive produce.  Basel Owies to direct. Logline:  A character-driven thriller that examines two men fixated on what triggers the enormity of evil:  A father, whose life is destroyed in pursuit of a monster, and a son, caught in a deadly charade as he tries to unravel his father’s obsession.   Triple Time Writers:  Peter Billingsley & Michael J. Wilson RepsCAA (Spencer Baumgarten) BuyerScott Pictures International Genre:  Action Thriller Attachments:  Billingsley (“Couples Retreat”) will direct.  Vince Vaughn will star and produce with Victoria Vaughn through their Wild West Picture Show. Scott Pictures’ Scott Steindorf will produce, and Pete Fruchtman, Scott LaStaiti and Dylan Russell will executive produce. Logline:  Follows a broke US Marshal (Vaughn) tasked with escorting a prisoner accused of an environmental disaster to Washington, D.C.  When their transport plane explodes, the unlikely pair must work together to figure out who’s behind the conspiracy, which may include one of them.   Two Night Stand Writer:  Mark Hammer RepsUTA (James Kearney, Tim Phillips, Carolyn Sivitz) and The Safran Co. (Tom Drumm) BuyerFlynn Picture Co. Genre:  Romantic comedy Attachments:  Beau Flynn, Adam Yoelin, and Ruben Fleischer will produce. Notes:  2011 Black List script Logline:   A man and woman are trapped in his apartment after a one night stand becuase of a terrible snowstorm outside.  They’re forced to get to know each other way more than any one night stand should.   Untitled Cameron Crowe Love Story Writer:  Cameron Crowe RepsCAA (Richard Lovett & Robert Bookman) BuyerColumbia Genre:  Drama Attachments:  Crowe to direct; Emma Stone is attached to star. Logline:  Under wraps, but said to be tonally similar to Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire.”   Untitled Campbell/Stuecken Project Writers:  Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro), Madhouse (Adam Kolbrenner) and Energy (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerParamount Genre: Sci-fi Attachments:  J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce through Bad Robot. Notes:  Lindsey Paulson Weber will oversee. Logline:  Under wraps.   Untitled Dyatlov Pass Incident Writer:  Vik Weet RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro, Max Michael) and New Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg) BuyerAldamisa 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.   Untitled Female Buddy Cop Action Comedy Writer:  Katie Dippold RepsWME (Jeff Gorin) and 3 Arts (Greg Walter) BuyerChernin Genre:  Action comedy Attachments:  Chernin’s Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, and Jenno Topping will produce. Notes:  Chernin reportedly bought the script out of its discretionary fund for mid-six figures. Logline:  Under wraps, but see title.   Untitled Jordan Rubin Horror Project Writer:  Jordan Rubin RepsUTA (Max Michael) and Benderspink (JC Spink, Chris Bender) BuyerArmory Films Genre:  Horror Attachments:  Rubin to direct.  Benderspink will produce with Armory. Logline:  TBA.   Untitled LD Goffigan Thriller Writer:  LD Goffigan RepsCAA (Stuart Manashil) and Silent R (Jewerl Ross) BuyerLava Bear Genre:  Thriller Attachments:  Lava Bear’s David Linde and Tory Metzger will produce with Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter and Quadrant’s Doug Davison. Notes:  Went out in December 2011 under the name “Intrusion.” Logline:  Attempting to rebuild her life after a harsh engagement break up, a young woman moves to San Francisco where she finds herself the victim of escalated assaults and, ultimately, something much more sinister.   Untitled Max Landis Space Adventure Writer:  Max Landis RepsWME (David Karp, Danny Gabai) and Circle of Confusion (Britton Rizzio) BuyerDisney Genre:  Sci-Fi, Adventure Attachments:  Andrew Panay will produce through his Panay Films. Logline:  Centers on a brother and sister as they undertake an epic adventure.   Untitled McCormick Cop Comedy Writer:  Blake McCormick (“Cougar Town”) RepsUTA (Marissa Devins, Barbara Dreyfus, Tim Phillips) and Kaplan/Perrone (Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone) BuyerUniversal Genre:  Action comedy AttachmentsHayden Schlossberg & Jon Hurwitz (“American Reunion”) are set to direct and produce through their eponymous company; their colleague Joseph Amaral will co-produce. Logline:  Follows two best friends who, following a costume party dressed as cops, are mistaken for real officers and forced to bring a dangerous criminal back to the station.
Untitled Robert Lynn Project Writer:  Robert Lynn Reps: UTA (Charlie Ferraro, Emerson Davis) and Kaplan Perrone (Josh Goldenberg) BuyerFox Genre:  Action AttachmentsDavis Entertainment will produce. Logline:  Under wraps.   Vanish Man Writer:  Denison Hatch RepsCircle of Confusion (Noah Rosen) BuyerLionsgate Genre:  Action thriller Attachments:  Tim and Trevor White (“Jamesy Boy”) will co-produce. Notes:  John Sacchi and Matt Janzen will oversee for Lionsgate. Logline:  TBA, but Variety called it an “international thriller.”   Viral Writer:  Dustin T. Benson RepsUTA (Ramses Ishak, Michael Sheresky) and Energy (Brooklyn Weaver) BuyerUnnamed Ian Bryce Company Genre:  Sci-fi Attachments:  Ian Bryce to produce with Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh. Logline:  A first person point of view dystopian action-thriller, centering on a scientist who must help a crew of workers through the “infected” area of Manhattan while also trying to find her missing daughter.   Warden Writers:  John & Thomas Sonntag RepsUTA (Charlie Ferraro) and Mosaic (Langley Perer) BuyerNew Line Genre:  Action Attachments:  Jimmy Miller and Lawrence Inglee will produce for Mosaic.  John Zaozirny and Bobby Sabelhaus will executive produce through their Bellevue Productions. Notes:  Michael Disco and Sam Brown will supervise for the studio. Logline:  Story centers on a prison warden who, when his wife and son are kidnapped, is blackmailed into helping the American head of a Mexican drug cartel escape from his own high-security facility.   White House Down Writer:  James Vanderbilt RepsWME (Adriana Alberghetti) and UFUSE (Mikkel Bondesen) BuyerColumbia Genre:  Action Attachments:  Vanderbilt, Laeta Kalogridis, and Brad Fischer will produce through their Mythology Entertainment. Notes:  Sold preemptively for a reported $3 million. Logline:  DIE HARD meets AIR FORCE ONE.
Willie Francis Must Die Again Writer:  Allan Durand RepsWME (Holly Jeter) and Madhouse Entertainment (Adam Kolbrenner, Kendrick Tan, Chris Cook) BuyerFilmEngine Genre:  Drama Notes:  Script won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in November.  Writer was subsequently signed by WME and Madhouse, and now the project has been set up at FilmEngine. Logline:  The true-story of Willie Francis, a black teen who in 1946 was sent to the electric chair and survived.   Wunderkind Writer:  Patrick Aison RepsH2F (Chris Fenton) BuyerParamount Genre:  Thriller AttachmentsBad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce.  H2F’s Fenton and Chris Cowles will executive produce and Brian McCurley will associate produce. Notes:  Hit the market at the end of May. Logline:  Set in the 1970s and follows a young Nazi hunter with the CIA and an older Nazi hunter working for the Mossad who become reluctantly intertwined in their hunt.

Alphabetical List of 2012 Spec Sales

2 52 Percent Acolyte Action No. 1 Alive And Well Almanac Alter Arminius Atom and Eve Beneath Bermuda Bethlehem Black Box Black River Blood Mountain Bloodshot Bone Tomahawk Candy Store Cardiac Cherries Chewie Coffee Town Comancheria Currency Day 38 Dear Satan Divorce Party Draft Day El Tigre Empire Epsilon Everybody Wants Head Family Vacation Flashback Furlough Garden District Gaslight Gideon’s Law Glimmer Ground Control to Major Tom Haunt High Value Target Holiday Spin Huck Interrogation Invertigo JTAC Lauren Pemberton Is No Longer In A Relationship Leave Lights Out Lockdown At Franklin High Lore Love And Weapons Manhattan Undying Marrow Match Me Him Her Mixtape Mojave Monster Problems My Owner’s Wedding Nancy & Danny Not Safe For Work aka NSFW Off The Grid Olympus Has Fallen One Night Stand Our Name Is Adam Panic Zone Patrol Peste Picture Book Playing Dirty Pontius Pilate Priority Run Race to the South Pole Rocket’s Red Glare Romeo aka Romeo/Juliet Run All Night Sanctuary Savage Planet Saving Mr. Banks Scorn Seamus McSeamus Slayer Somacell Son of a Bitch Story of Your Life Straight Edge Subdivision Swimming Hole Swindle The Adversary The Beard The Bloody Benders The Codex The Counselor The Current War The Disappointments Room The Disciple Program The Fall The God Particle The Good Samaritan The Gun Eaters The Incredible True Story of Jessica & Drew Who Boned on the Way to the Wedding The Join The Last Breath The Man in the Rearview Mirror The Most Wonderful Time The Quiet Ones The Timber The Voices The Waiting Thirteen Transmission Trigger Triple Time Two Night Stand Untitled Cameron Crowe Love Story Untitled Campbell/Stuecken Project Untitled Dyatlov Pass Incident Untitled Female Buddy Cop Action Comedy aka The Heat Untitled Jordan Rubin Horror Project Untitled LD Goffigan Thriller Untitled Max Landis Space Adventure Untitled McCormick Cop Comedy Untitled Robert Lynn Project Vanish Man Viral Warden White House Down Willie Francis Must Die Again Wunderkind

About The Scoggins Report: The Scoggins Report is a terribly unscientific analysis of the feature film development business based on information assembled from a variety of public and non-public sources.  The numbers in the reports are by no means official statistics.  Caveat emptorMol?n labé.

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