The Scoggins Report: October 2011 Spec Market Roundup

Spec Market Roundup for October 2011

By now you’ve probably heard how fantastic October’s spec sale numbers were. Turns out we missed two in our preliminary count on Monday. All in, 20 pieces of original material were set up last month, and the total number of spec sales for 2011 is already up over 2009 and 2010 in a huge way (+21% over 2009, +42% over 2010). Here are our favorite highlights:

  • CAA had seven spec sales in October, the highest single month tally we’ve ever seen, for a total of 18 so far in 2011, the highest among the agencies. The next highest number in the past three years was in September 2009, when ICM sold four. WME had three of its own sales last month, for a total of 15 this year; APA, ICM, and Original Artists each had two.
  • Eight different studios bought specs last month. Lionsgate bought its first and second spec of the year, Universal bought its fourth and fifth, Fox bought its fifth and sixth and Paramount bought its fifth as well. Five other buyers bought one each including Gold Circle, which bought its third of the year.
  • Warner Bros. continued to set the pace with four purchases in October. The Burbank studio’s 2011 total is now 14, twice its nearest competitor (Columbia, which hasn’t bought a spec since June).

Congratulations to newly-minted Kaplan/Perrone manager Josh Goldenberg, who left Red Wagon just a couple of months ago and already has a notch on his belt.

We’re looking forward to pulling together the updated Scorecard in a couple of weeks. October’s raw numbers and weekly breakdowns are below, along with the details on each sale. Enjoy.

October 2011 October 2010 October 2009
New Specs 47 42 46
Number Sold1 20 6 5
Percent Sold2 43% 14% 11%
Genres Sold 2 Action/Adventure

5 Comedy

5 Drama

1 Horror

3 Sci-Fi

3 Thriller

1 Unknown

1 Action/Adventure

1 Comedy

2 Drama

1 Sci-Fi

1 Thriller

2 Action/Adventure

2 Comedy

1 Thriller

1 This number is a tally of every script that sold in October.

2 This percentage only counts scripts that came out and sold in October.

Weekly Activity Breakdown

Week of October 3:

Week of October 10:

Week of October 17:

Week of October 24:

Genre Breakdown:

Genre Total Sold % Sold
Action/

Adventure

8 2 25%
Comedy 15 3+2 20%
Drama 6 4+1 66%
Horror 3 1 33%
Sci-Fi 4 3 75%
Thriller 9 1+1 11%

Spec Sales (alphabetical by title)

Category 6

Writer: John Swetnam (“Evidence”)

Reps: APA (David Boxerbaum) and FilmEngine (Jake Wagner)

Buyer: New Line

Genre: Thriller

Attachments: Todd Garner and Sean Robins will produce through their Broken Road banner.

The Chung Factor

Writer: Andy Selsor

Reps: Original Artists (Jordan Bayer, Matt Leipzig, Chris Sablan)

Buyer: Lionsgate

Genre: Comedy

Attachments: Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”) is attached to star and produce with his manager, Brett Carducci.

Notes: Previous version of the script was on the 2005 Black List under the title “THE EX-FACTOR.”

The End

Writer: Aron Eli Coleite

Reps: CAA

Buyer: Warner Bros.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Notes: Jesse Ehrman and Andrew Fischel will oversee for Warners Bros.

The Envoy

Writer: Robert Lynn

Reps: UTA (Charlie Ferraro) and Kaplan/Perrone (Josh Goldenberg)

Buyer: Warner Bros.

Genre: Unknown

Attachments: Andrew Rona and Joel Silver will produce through Silver Pictures.

Flesh

Writer: Kristin Hahn

Buyer: Summit

Genre: Drama, romance, supernatural

Attachments: Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce.

Notes: Based on the YA novel by Laura Whitcomb.

Gone

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill

Reps: ICM (Harley Copen) and Elements Entertainment (Christopher Pratt)

Buyer: Universal

Genre: Action

Attachments: Marc Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions. Pratt will executive produce.

Notes: Scott Bernstein and Tara Case will oversee for Universal.

Grace of Monaco

Writer: Arash Amel

Reps: CAA

Buyer: Pierre-Ange Le Pogam

Genre: Drama

Grim Night

Writers: Brandon Bestenheider & Allen Bey

Reps: Verve

Buyer: Universal

Genre: Thriller

Attachments: Marc Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions along with Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino.

Notes: Script was accompanied by a teaser trailer.

He’s Fuckin Perfect

Writer: Lauryn Kahn

Reps: WME

Buyer: Fox 2000

Genre: Comedy

Attachments: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce through Gary Sanchez Productions.

Notes: Emma Stone is attached to star, purchase price was $1m against $1.5m, and rumor has it there’s an offer out to Stone’s “Easy A” director Will Gluck to direct.

Hyperdrive

Writers: Alex Ankeles & Morgan Jurgenson

Reps: CAA & Kaplan/Perrone — Ankeles; APA (Ryan Saul) & Jonathan Hung –Jurgenson

Buyer: Paramount

Genre: Sci-Fi

Attachments: Cale Boyter and Mary Parent will produce through Disruption Entertainment.

The Imitation Game

Writer: Graham Moore

Reps: CAA (JP Evans) and The Safran Company (Tom Drumm & Peter Safran)

Buyer: Warner Bros.

Genre: Drama

Attachments: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Peter Safran are attached to produce.

Notes: Based on the Andrew Hodges biography, “Alan Turing: The Enigma.” Script hit the market in September. Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly “has the inside track for the lead” and Ron Howard is considering directing.

Untitled Matt Damon John Krasinski Drama

Writers: Matt Damon & John Krasinski

Reps: WME

Buyer: Warner Bros.

Genre: Drama

Attachments: Damon is attached to direct and will star with Krasinski. They will also produce along with Damon’s Pearl Street partner, Chris Moore.

Notes: Jesse Ehrman will oversee for the studio.

The Mountain

Writer: Helen Childress (“Reality Bites”)

Reps: Original Artists (Jordan Bayer, Matt Leipzig, Chris Sablan)

Buyer: Fox

Genre: Horror

Attachments: Ben Stiller is attached to direct and will produce with Stuart Cornfeld through Red Hour.

Note: Based on the characters in Edith Wharton’s “Summer.”

Sex on the First Date

Writers: Sall Grover & Emma Jensen

Reps: WME (Daniel Cohan) and Magnet Management (Michael Diamond)

Buyer: Gold Circle

Genre: Comedy

Attachments: David Brooks (“ATM”) is attached to direct. Dan Clifton will produce with Gold Circle’s Brad Kesell and Jeff Levine.

Notes: Script went out in September.

Tammy

Writers: Melissa McCarthy & Tate Taylor

Reps: CAA

Buyer: New Line

Genre: Comedy

Attachments: Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) will star and executive produce.

Notes: Script went out in September.

Thicker Than Water

Writer: Tess Rafferty

Reps: New Wave (Josh Adler & Mike Goldberg)

Buyer: Scott Freeman and Adam Grossman

Genre: Comedy

Attachments: Freeman is attached to direct. Wayne Carmona will produce with Freeman and Grossman.

The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto

Writer: Michael Vukadinovich

Reps: ICM

Buyer: Fox

Genre: Adventure

Attachments: Shawn Levy (“Real Steel”) is attached to direct and produce through his 21 Laps banner with Dan Cohen and Billy Rosenberg.

The Voice

Writer: Robert Davi

Reps: Binder & Associates (Chuck Binder)

Buyer: Atmosphere Entertainment MM

Genre: Drama

Attachments: Atmosphere’s Mark Canton and David Hopwood will produce, Jack Kavanaugh will co-produce.

Wake Cycle

Writers: Christian Cantamessa & Chris Passetto

Reps: CAA and Energy Entertainment (Adam Marshall & Brooklyn Weaver)

Buyer: Boss Media

Genre: Sci-Fi

Attachments: Cantamessa is attached to direct. Boss’s Eric Gores and Frank Mancuso Jr. will produce.

Notes: Jennifer Nieves will oversee for Boss.

XOXO

Writer: Mark Heyman (“Black Swan”)

Reps: CAA (Matthew Rosen) and Management 360 (Daniel Rappaport)

Buyer: Lionsgate

Genre: Thriller

Attachments: Darren Aronofsky and Michael London will produce through Protozoa Pictures.

Notes: Alli Shearmur and Michael Paseornek will oversee for Lionsgate. Script originally hit the market in June.

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. Archive editions of The Scoggins Report can be found at The Business of Show Institute (http://bit.ly/2HRZ67) and in their beautiful new home on www.thewrap.com.

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