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April 2003 Script Sales


Brian Horiuchi Project 
Writer: Brain Horiuchi 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Matt Luber, Mark Ciardi, Gordan Gray 
Logline: Set in the Philippines with drug runs and modern-day pirates. At the center is a courageous yet reckless leader of a drug interdiction squad. 
Side Note: To star Paul Walker who might also produce. 

Mr. Woodcock 
Writer: Michael Carnes, Josh Gilbert 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Bob Cooper, Brian Inerfeld, Karen Lunder 
Logline: Revolves around a young man who returns to his hometown to stop his mother from marrying his old high school gym teacher -- the man who made his life a living hell when he was a student.
Side Note: Kent Alterman, Michele Weiss and Keith Goldberg will oversee for the studio.

Writer: Adam Wilson, Melanie Wilson 
Buyer: Walt Disney 
Logline: A beautiful young woman locked in a tall tower is saved by a handsome prince who cimbs her golden tresses.
Side Note: The film is intended as an all-computer-animated production. Brother and sister writing team.

Charlie Chan Project 
Writer: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 
Producer: Lucy Liu 
Logline: Lucy Liu will play a sleuthing relative of Charlie Chan, a Chinese detective who worked for the Honolulu Police Dept. but traveled the world solving crimes, while pithily delivering Chinese proverbs.
Side Note: Lucy Liu is attached to star and produce. 

Half Magic 
Author: Edward Eager 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: David Heyman 
Logline: A comedy about four children who wish that they could have a magical adventure like the ones they read about in their favorite books. They embark on a wondrous journey when they find a talisman that turns out to be half magic.
Side Note: First published in 1954 as "Magic". David Heyman will produce with Sunbow Ent. for Columbia. The studio hopes that Heyman can bring the same kind of pedigree to the novel as he has done with Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter" film franchise.

Without a Paddle 
Writer: Harris Goldberg, Tom Nursall 
Buyer: Paramount De Line Pictures 
Producer: Donald De Line 
Logline: The story revolves around a trio of city-dwelling colleagues who go camping off the beaten track in order to honor the memory of an adventure-loving friend who perished accidentally. They become lost and their inexperience in the boondocks leads sparks a series of misadventures with locals, including mistakenly setting fire to a grove of marijuana.
Side Note: Donald Deline to produce. Steven Brill has come aboard to direct.

The Abominable Snowman 
Buyer: Emmett - Furler Films 
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd, George Furla, Randall Emmett, Ilya Salkind 
Logline: Story about the Yeti, giant beasts, which supposedly inhabit the Himalayan Mountains.
Side Note: Emmett/Furla Films has teamed with Ilya Salkind and Gale Anne Hurd to develop and produce this flick.

Adventures of Wyatt McHenry 
Buyer: Paramount/Icon Prods. 
Producer: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey 
Logline: Story is described as a contemporary Indiana Jones and is about an adventure tour guide who trades in modern antiquities. 
Side Note: Manuscript is the first of a series of yet-to-be-published novels by Rick Gibb who also wrote a screenplay. Mark Wahlberg will star for Icon Prods. and Paramount. Icon's Bruce Davidson and Mel Gibson are producing with Wahlberg's management company Leverage Management. Gibb's manager Pete Donaldson of Envoy Entertainment is executive producing. Icon executive Kevin Lake is overseeing the project. 

Buyer: Distant Horizon/Flipbook Communications 
Producer: Anant Singh, Brian Cox 
Logline: Based on the comic series by Jason and Guy Sims and Dawud Anyabwile, "Brotherman" follows Antonio Valor, a public defender by day and costumed avenger by night, as he goes up against the dark forces lurking in Big City, U.S.A. 
Side Note: Distant Horizon and Atlanta-based Flipbook Communications have pacted to bring the urban-underground comic book "Brotherman" to the big screen. 

Writer: Adam Sussman
Buyer: Focus Features 
Producer: Adam Ryder 
Logline: The story of a troubled young woman traveling across the Midwest, who discovers that she may be reincarnated and that supernatural forces have brought her there to avenge her own murder.
Side Note: Focus hopes to put this into production this fall.

Saint Ange 
Writer: Pascal Laugier 
Producer: Stephane Sperry, Richard Grandpierre, Christopher Gans 
Logline: Set in 1960 at a French orphanage with one lone resident, the movie revolves around a woman sent to spruce the place up when she starts seeing spooky things.
Side Note: Focus Features will co-finance and distribute for Liasons Films with which it has a first-look deal. Liaisons Films' Stephane Sperry and H Factory's Richard Grandpierre & Christopher Gans will produce. Pascal Laugier is making his directorial debut. French actresses Virginie Ledoyen and Lou Doyon will star. Production on simultaneous English- and French-language versions is scheduled to start in April in France.

The Wild Bunch 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Low-seven figures
Producer: Jerry Weintraub, Mark Vahradian 
Logline: This remake will be set in contemporary Mexico and deal with a robbery amid the corruption and payoffs of the drug business. 
Side Note: David Ayer will rewrite this contemporary version of 1969 "The Wild Bunch."

Winter Solstice 
Writer: Josh Sternfeld 
Buyer: Sound Pictures 
Producer: John Limotte, Doug Bernheim 
Logline: Centers on a widower in his mid-40s raising two sons, and the family's attempt to come to grips when the eldest son leaves home.
Side Note: Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford and Allison Janney will star for first-time writer-director Josh Sternfeld. Shooting will begin April 28 around New York. The film will also star Mark Webber and Ron Livingston.

Bam Bam and Celeste 
Writer: Margaret Cho 
Buyer: Salty Features 
Producer: Eva Kolodner, Yael Melamede 
Logline: Tells the story of two women on a road trip. They take on sexism, racism, and homophobia, not to mention evil high-school nemeses, and together discover that true beauty lies within. 
Side Note: To star Margaret Cho who wrote the screenplay. To be produced in partnership with Cho/Taussig Prods. and Duopoly. Lorene Machado will make her feature directing debut. Salty Features is a new NY-based company formed by Eva Kolodner and Yael Melamede

Writer: Jeff Roda 
Author: David Gates 
Buyer: Salty Features 
Producer: Eva Kolodner, Yael Melamede 
Logline: The life of Peter Jernigan, a middle aged man trying to come to terms with his failed marriage, his wife's violent, self-inflicted death, and his desire to be a decent parent to his 15-year old son. 
Side Note: Screenplay is based on David Gates' Pulitzer-nominated novel. Salty Features is a new NY-based company formed by Eva Kolodner and Yael Melamede

The Lord of the Nutcracker Men 
Writer: David Magee 
Author: Iain Lawrence 
Buyer: Jane Startz Prods./TurtleBack Prods./Octagon Films 
Producer: Jane Startz, James Flynn, Morgan O'Sullivan, Howard Meltzer 
Logline: Focuses on a young British boy whose woodcarver father is shipped off to fight in WWI. 
When his father sends him hand-carved wooden soldiers from the front lines, the boy comes to believe that the games he plays with the soldiers are connected to the real-life casualties on the battlefield.
Side Note: Jane Startz Productions, TurtleBack Productions and Irish shingle Octagon Films will produce. 

Signs Of Life 
Writer: Lisa Robinson 
Buyer: Salty Features 
Producer: Eva Kolodner, Yael Melamede 
Logline: Explores the complexities of a relationship between Sacha, a video game designer, and Daniel, a neuroscientist. 
Side Note: Salty Features is a new NY-based company formed by Eva Kolodner and Yael Melamede.

The Upside of Anger 
Writer: Mike Binder 
Buyer: MDP Worldwide 
Producer: Mike Binder, Jack Binder, Alex Gartner 
Logline: centers on a mother and her four strong-willed daughters who must suddenly deal with life without a husband/father. 
Side Note: Kevin Costner and Joan Allen are negotiating to star. Production will begin late summer. Mike Binder will direct. Erika Christensen, Mandy Moore, Lauren Ambrose and Alicia Witt are in negotiations to join the cast. 

Writer: Don Delillo 
Buyer: Salty Features 
Producer: Eva Kolodner, Yael Melamede 
Logline: The story explores a character whose life changes when a business trip thrusts him into an all-consuming media spotlight.
Side Note: Valparaiso is based on the play by Don DeLillo. It will be directed by Hal Brooks. Salty Features is a new NY-based company formed by Eva Kolodner and Yael Melamede. A writer for the project is still to be announced.

American Pastoral 
Author: Philip Roth 
Buyer: Lakeshore Ent. 
Logline: Focuses on Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete and devoted family man who is living the American dream in thriving, triumphant postwar America. Swede's picture-perfect life unravels when he must face the harsh reality that his beloved daughter Merry has become a revolutionary terrorist bent on destroying everything he has valued in the life he has built for his family.
Side Note: This was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth. The project marks Lakeshore's third acquisition of a Roth novel.

Writer: Ray McKinnon 
Producer: Bruce Heller, David Koplan, Lisa Blount 
Logline: A rural woman whose convict husband (Thornton) returns home from prison only to see that the vacancy in her life left by the death of her child years earlier becomes even more acute.
Side Note: Lisa Blount will star with Billy Bob Thornton in this indie. Production begins May 28 in Arkansas. Screenwriter Ray McKinnon will make his feature directing debut.

The Constant Gardener 
Writer: Jeffrey Caine 
Author: John Le Carre 
Buyer: Pot Boiler Films 
Producer: Mike Newell, Simon Channing-Williams 
Logline: The story of a British diplomat in Kenya whose wife is murdered next to a local medical campaigner while they are on a bush trip. Amid rumors of his wife's infidelity, the diplomat begins to uncover the conspiracy behind her death.
Side Note: Assignment for Mike Newell based on an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel. $25 mil. production. Mike Newell has come aboard to direct and produce and plans to begin shooting in early 2004 on location in Africa.

The Getaway 
Buyer: Sony Screen Gems 
Logline: Centers on Mark Hammond and Frank Carter, two men on opposite sides of the law who are both out to bring down London's legendary crime boss Charlie Jolson.
Side Note: Video game was developed by Sony Computer Ent. Europe. Production might begin early next year. No writer or director is currently on board to adapt yet.

Hammer of the Gods 
Genre: Fantasy
Writer: Bob Conte, Peter Wortmann 
Author: Michael Avon Oeming, Mark Obie Wheatley 
Buyer: Regency Ent. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures/high-six
Producer: David Alpert, David Engel 
Logline: Mixes Norse mythology with a contemporary story, about a modern young man who learns that he is fated to save the world of the ancient Norse.
Side Note: This was a preemptive purchase by Regency Enterprises. David Engel and David Alpert at Circle of Confusion will produce for Regency. Michael Avon Oeming and Mark Obie Wheatley co-created "Hammer." 

Marine Ballet School Project 
Genre: True Story
Writer: James Manos 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: David Hoberman, James Manos 
Logline: The story of Col. Michael Wyly, who retired from the Marines and moved to a small town in Maine where a children's ballet school was the town's main focus. His daughter signed up to take lessons at the school, but when the school's shady owner skipped town, Wyly was forced to run the school and called on his Marine buddies for help.
Side Note: Manos will write the script and produce with Mandeville Pictures.

Untitled Richman Project 
Writer: Jason Richman 
Buyer: Universal 
Producer: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura 
Logline: Hitchcockian thriller about a former FBI agent who has run away from his past and must now go back to it and face his demons. In the process, he redeems himself.
Side Note: Di Bonaventura Pictures executive Jeremy Steckler is overseeing the project with Universal's Scott Stuber and Tim O'Hair.

Untitled Youth-Driven Film 
Writer: Casey La Scala, Todd Samovitz 
Buyer: Gaylord Films 
Producer: Casey La Scala, Hunt Lowry, Lance Sloane 
Logline: The story line will involve a class struggle between the haves and the have-nots -- the latter being youths who ride motocross. A love story is a key ingredient of the film.
Side Note: Production will begin this fall. Producing with La Scala are Gaylord topper Hunt Lowry and "Grind" co-producer Lance Sloane.

Writer: J.D. Zeik 
Buyer: Millennium Films 
Producer: Brad Jenkel 
Logline: A futuristic story about a soldier who returns from a war, only to find another battle waiting for him as he tries to settle back into a peaceful life.
Side Note: Alexander Witt, second unit director will make his feature directing debut. Paul Kelmenson will exec produce. Shooting begins late this summer in Europe.

Writer: Stu Zickerman, Raven Metzner 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox/New Regency 
Producer: Mark Steven Johnson, Gary Foster, Avi Arad 
Logline: Elektra recovers from a near-death experience and battles the Hand, the organization of killers that trained her and then turned against her.
Side Note: Sequel to the first "Daredevil." Will shoot in 2004 and star Jennifer Garner. Horseshoe Bay partners Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster, and Marvel's Avi Arad will produce. No director has been slated as of yet. 

The Prestige 
Writer: Jonathan Nolan 
Buyer: Disney/Warner 
Producer: Chris Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas 
Logline: In 1878, two young stage magicians begin a bitter rivalry during a séance.
Side Note: Jude Law might star in this production which will be just north of $40 mil. Warner Bros. and Disney will split the distribution rights. Chris Nolan will direct. His brother Jonathan wrote the screenplay. Executive producers are Newmarket principals Will Tyrer and Chris Ball with Valerie Dean.

Untitled Antwone Fisher Project 
Writer: Antwone Fisher 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Robert Simonds 
Logline: Big Daddy" meets "Problem Child." Set in the world of foster care, story revolves around the comedic dynamic between a foster child and his unqualified caretaker.
Side Note: Robert Simonds Co. exec Tracey Trench is exec producing.


Princess Boot Camp 
Writer: Caryn Lucas 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Rachel Pfeffer 
Logline: A group of spoiled teenage girls whose parents can't take their indulgent behavior anymore are sent away to boot camp, where the "spoil" is squeezed out of them.
Side Note: Project is being overseen for the studio by Disney production execs Kristin Burr and LouAnne Brickhouse. 

St. Agnes' Stand 
Writer: Charles Randolph 
Author: Tom Eidson 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Logline: The story of a reluctant hero who saves a nun and a group of children from Apache Indians.
Side Note: DreamWorks has the book under option with Martin Scorsese directing. DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg is said to have played a key role in the development of the project, attaching both Scorsese and Randolph.

Untitled Fugate Project 
Writer: Katherine Fugate 
Buyer: New Line 
Logline: Centers on the wife (Aniston) of a wealthy politician who is confronted with her past when the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption resurfaces in her life.
Side Note: Jennifer Aniston will star. Aniston's husband, Brad Pitt, and Brad Grey are in early negotiations to produce the picture through their production shingle, which is based at Warner Bros. Pictures. 

Up In The Air 
Writer: Sheldon Turner 
Author: Walter Kirn 
Buyer: Dreamworks 
Purchase Price: $250k/$600k
Producer: Ted Giffin, Jacqueline Josephson 
Logline: A comedy, described as a story of the self-realization and self-redemption of a man who fires people professionally. Spending most of his time flying around from city to city for his job, he is six days short of accumulating $1 million in frequent-flier miles. The man sets out on one final trip to achieve his goal but gets much more than he bargained for in the process.
Side Note: Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman's DreamWorks Pictures-based Montecito Picture Co. picked up Sheldon Turner's spec adaptation of author Walter Kirn's novel "Up in the Air" for Reitman to direct.

The Downfall -- Hitler and the End of the Third Reich 
Writer: Bernd Eichinger 
Author: Joachim Fest 
Buyer: Constantin Films 
Producer: Bernd Eichinger 
Logline: The last days of Hitler.
Side Note: Will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German director. Screenplay will be based on the German book as well as notes from Hitler's personal secretary, Traudl Junge. Production is scheduled to begin in August in Germany and other European locations. Producers are lining up a "high-profile" cast, with a planned theatrical release date set for September 2004.

How To Become Famous In 12 Days Or Less 
Writer: Steven Gary Banks, Claudia Grazioso 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Logline: Described as a female "Trading Places."
Side Note: Pitch was based on an article by Marie Claire. This marks the sixth sale for the writing duo in the past 18 months.

The Interpreter 
Writer: Charles Randolph 
Buyer: Universal 
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kevin Misher, Liza Chasin 
Logline: The film centers on a U.N. interpreter, who claims to have overheard a plot to kill an African dictator, and the secret service agent assigned to investigate her claim.
Side Note: Sydney Pollack is in negotiations to direct. A late-fall or early winter start is expected.

Writer: Steve Rivele, Chris Wilkinson 
Author: Karen Essex 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: $1.2 mil./$1.5 mil.
Producer: Adam Schroeder 
Logline: The movie will focus on her relationships as a girl, woman, wife, mother, queen and later, reincarnated goddess.
Side Note: Warner Bros. hired screenwriting team Chris Wilkinson and Steve Rivele to adapt the Karen Essex book Kleopatra. No cast has been approached or set for the film yet.

Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figrues/low-seven
Producer: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Amanda Klein, Michael Nash 
Logline: Centered on a small town that's so crime-free the local police station is about to be closed. Desperate to save their jobs, two officers go on a crime spree in hopes of proving the necessity of the police. 
Additional Information: Adam Sandler's Happy Madison and Primal Pics. will produce for Columbia. It is not known whether Sandler will also star in the comedy. 

Untitled Teen Musical 
Writer: Amy Veltman 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Happy Walters, Matt Weaver, Kelly McManus, Elizabeth Allen 
Logline: A cynical teenage girl finds hope and possibility after an insanely misguided community service project results in her first foray into the world of Manhattan's privileged elite.
Side Note: Producers Kelly Macmanus and Elizabeth Allen came up with the idea after being inspired by the various organizations across the United States who donate prom dresses to underprivileged girls. The duo approached screenwriter Amy Veltman (PBS' "American High") who suggested the project be a musical. Los Angeles theater director Kristen Hanggi, and musicians Damon Intrabartolo and Jason Whitton -- all feature rookies -- were brought on board, and three songs were written.

Buddy List 
Writer: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Craig Perry, Warren Zide 
Logline: Centers on a group of high school freshmen who use their Internet savvy to score an invitation to the hottest party of the year. 
Side Note: Zide/Perry Ent. will produce. Mark Loughlin penned the original, Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer have been hired to rewrite for MGM.

Dating Nick McBride 
Writer: Amy Brooke Baker, Peter Osterlund 
Buyer: Senator
Purchase Price: Low-seven figures
Producer: Mark Canton 
Logline: A romantic comedy about two identical twins: one a flashy television anchor and the other her polar opposite, a shy librarian. Things go awry when the librarian has to step in for her sister to interview Nick McBride, considered the world's most eligible bachelor.
Side Note: Dennie Gordon has come aboard to direct. The role is intended for a single actress to play both characters.

Dream Girl 
Writer: Greg Glienna, Pete Schwaba 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Mike Karz, Brian Etting, Josh Etting 
Logline: A young man is engaged to a young wman who isn't sure she wants to go through with the wedding. One evening as he is driving home, he stops to help a young woman who has a flat tire. The woman happens to be drop-dead gorgeous, immediately falls in love with him and begins to stalk him.
Side Note: "Dream" was written by Greg Glienna and Pete Schwaba, who wrote the MGM comedy "A Guy Thing." Fax Bahr and Adam Small, who work with Kennedy on "JKX," will now rewrite the material.

Emperor Zehnder 
Writer: Daniel Bernstein, Ned Zeman 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Ashok Amritraj, Jake Eberts, Adam Schroeder 
Logline: A love story centered around the true story of Bruno P. Zehnder, who dedicated his life to photographing Emperor penguins in the Antarctic, and his love affair with a New York-based doctor who accompanied him on one of his photographic journeys.
Side Note: The article was written by Vanity Fair writer-turned-screenwriter Ned Zeman and Daniel Bernstein and will likely be partly shot in the Antarctic. Richard Gere will star. Ashok Armitraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Jake Eberts' National Geographic will co-finance and Gregory Hoblit will direct.

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse 
Buyer: Stan Winston Prods. 
Producer: Stan Winston 
Logline: Video game is about a fallen angel who is sent to earth to stop the four horsemen of the apocalypse from destroying the world. The game requires that its player must find the three chosen mortals to help put an end to the end of the world.
Side Note: Producer Stan Winston picked up the feature film option for the video game franchise through his Stan Winston Prods. In addition, he will bring a line of "Apocalypse" action figures to retail this Halloween through his Stan Winston Creatures.

Scary Movie 4 
Writer: Craig Mazin, Pat Proft 
Buyer: Dimension Films 
Producer: Bob Weiss 
Logline: Will spoof the comic book/super hero genre.
Side Note: Dimension Films has given this project the greenlight to begin production in June. David Zucker will direct. Zucker and some of the cast from the third film will return for "Scary Movie 4". Production will start immediately after the third film wraps with the studio hoping have the film ready for release by the first quarter of 2004. 


Writer: Blake Masters 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick, Sean Bailey, Cooper Layne 
Logline: When a commercial airliner is accidentally shot down in a military exercise by the Dreadnaught, the most advanced Navy warship ever created, the captain decides to mutiny after he's ordered by his superiors to kill the sole survivor.
Side Note: Vin Diesel is negotiating to star and Domenic Sena is negotiating to direct. Production is scheduled to start in the fall of 2003.

The Hands of Shang Chi 
Writer: Bruce C. McKenna 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Producer: Avi Arad 
Logline: A young kung fu master learns his father is the worst criminal in the world and refuses to walk in his footsteps.
Side Note: Band of Brothers' Bruce McKenna is writing the script. Woo-ping Yuen, who provided choreography on the Matrix films and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is directing. Based on the Marvel Comics character. Film is set in China. 

Homey The Clown 
Writer: Damon Wayans, Dean Lorie 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 
Logline: The movie follows Homey as he takes a job at the City of Angels Children Center and must go up against his nemesis, D.A. Mann, a district attorney who wants to shut down the Center.
Side Note: Damon Wayans will star in the feature and Keenan Ivory Wayans will direct. May/June start is scheduled. 

The Jacket 
Writer: Marc Rocco, Massy Tadjedan 
Buyer: Mandalay/Section Eight 
Producer: George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Peter Guber 
Logline: A clairvoyant man in the 1970's, wrongly imprisoned for murder, must use his abilities to discover who has framed him, by shifting in and out of different realities, time, and frames of mind. He can tell when and how he will be executed, so the race is on to prolong his life to give him more time to solve the mystery. 
Side Note: Mark Wahlberg will star. Section Eight's George Clooney & Steven Soderbergh and Mandalay's Peter Guber will produce. John Maybury to direct. Warner Bros. may distribute.

La Scala Untitled Project 
Writer: Casey La Scala, Todd Samovitz 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures
Producer: Casey La Scala 
Logline: Class clash in Las Vegas, framed around motorcycle stunt riding.
Side Note: Gaylord exec Casey La Scala will co-write, produce and direct.

Till Seth Do Us Part 
Writer: Damon Wayans, Dean Lorie 
Buyer: MGM 
Purchase Price: High-six figures
Producer: Arthur Sarkissian 
Logline: Story is about a guy who wants at all costs to avoid paying alimony by getting his ex-wife remarried as quickly as possible. Of course, he falls back in love with her and finds himself in competition with other suitors.

Trouble In Paradise
Writer: Elizabeth Garcia 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss 
Logline: Centers on an extremely organized 16-year-old girl with a plan for everything. The girl goes to Cancun with her mother on spring break to visit her treasure-hunter dad, but when her parents are kidnapped, she must find a missing treasure in order to save them.
Side Note: Ed Decter and John J. Strauss gave the pitch and Elizabeth Garcia will write the script. Producers Decter and Strauss have a first-look deal with Disney.

Yours, Mine & Ours 
Writer: Rob Muir, Bob Hilgenberg 
Buyer: MGM/Paramount 
Logline: Two widowers marry and bring their 18 kids under one roof.
Side Note: Remake of the 1968 film that starred Lucile Ball and Henry Fonda. This will be a co-production between Paramount and MGM

Bye Bye Birdie 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: Doug Wick, Lucy Fisher 
Logline: Drafted rock n' roll idol launches a kissing contest on the the Ed Sullivan show in order to find a fan to receive his "one last kiss" before going into the service.
Side Note: USC grad Jon M. Chu will direct. Chu's attention-grabbing short, "When the Kids Are Away," was made on a $20,000 budget and is about the secret lives of mothers and what they do when their families go away for a day -- which is to sing and dance, including everything from salsa to swing to country to break dancing. Chu's short caught the eye of Red Wagon producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and convinced them that he was the man who could make "Birdie" fly again.

The Great Hartford Elementary Heist 
Writer: John Pardee, Joey Murphy 
Buyer: Universal 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures/high-six
Logline: The film is described as a kids’ version of Ocean's Eleven. It centers on an 11-year-old who rallies a group of his peers to recover property wrongfully confiscated by their evil school principal.
Side Note: Written by first-time feature scribes John Pardee and Joey Murphy.

Writer: Christian Moerk 
Buyer: Company Films 
Producer: Barrie Osborne, Stephen Hamel 
Logline: story of a grief-stricken man who blames himself for his young son's death. His 
punishment is to plunge himself into acts of self-vandalism, a process that transforms him. Chewed to its core, the guy starves himself.
Side Note: This was purchased by a new company, Company Films. This autobiographical book by Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun was published in 1890 in Norway. Patrice Chareau will direct. 

Writer: Christian Moerk 
Buyer: Company Films 
Producer: Stephen Hamel, Barrie Osborne 
Logline: Story about the close-knit residents of a town near the Florida everglades when they got an unexpected weed windfall in the '70s, as drug runners dumped huge bales of pot to escape the cops. The residents became wealthy and corrupted, and things got ugly.
Side Note: Patrice Chereau will direct.

Writer: Jack Angelo, Sam Brown 
Buyer: New Line 
Logline: The cross-generational live-action family story concerns a sheltered movie star dog who goes out into the world to find the love of a boy.
Side Note: Based on an original idea by New Line exec. Mark Kaufman.

Mark Twain Remembers 
Author: Thomas Hauser 
Logline: A coming-of-age story about Samuel Clemens.
Side Note: Bonnie Curtis will produce. James Franco will star.

Dear Delilah 
Writer: Kevin Bisch, Andy Bellin 
Buyer: Paramount 
Producer: Matthew McConaughey, Gus Gustawes 
Logline: About a womanizer with five sisters who ghostwrites a syndicated advice column under the pen name Dear Delilah. Complications ensue when the columnist is forced to hire an actress to portray Deliliah as the ostensible public face of the column.
Side Note: Matthew McConaughey will star and produce through his jk livin production company. 

The Devil in White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America 
Author: Erik Larson 
Buyer: Paramount/CW Prods./First Light
Producer: Katherine Bigelow, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner 
Logline: Serial killer H.H. Holmes, who stalked his prey at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Side Note: Katherine Bigelow will produce through her First Light production company as well as Cruise/Wagner. Bigelow will also direct. Christopher Kyle is in talks to adapt the book. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, is also developing a film about Holmes and the World's Fair, in which DiCaprio will star.

Getting and Spending 
Buyer: Pathe Pics. 
Producer: David Jones, Peter Antonijevic, Barry Quart 
Logline: The story revolves around Victoria, a woman who plays the financial markets and spends the proceeds supporting various charities. When she is suddenly accused of insider trading, she has to persuade the top defense lawyer to leave the monastery which he has just checked himself into in order to reassess his life. 
Side Note: Michael J. Chepiga, a NY-based playwright wrote the play. Catherine Zeta-Jones will star. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Milkwood Films has teamed with UK National Lottery franchise Pathe Pictures and Starboard Entertainment to develop and produce.

Have Spacesuit Will Travel 
Author: Robert Heinlein 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: David Heyman 
Logline: A teenager loses a contest that will take the first teen into space, but wins the consolation prize: a spacesuit from the original Apollo missions. When he discovers the spacesuit has made alien contact, the boy is propelled into an adventure of intergalactic proportions.
Side Note: Book was first published in 1958. David Heyman to produce via his Heyday Films banner. Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinaza will exec produce pic under their Created By banner. No screenwriter has been hired. 

The Zero Game 
Author: Brad Meltzer 
Buyer: Universal 
Logline: Two bored aides in the U.S. Senate begin betting on how they can alter the legislative process but in the process, they uncover a sinister plot.
Side Note: Gary Ross might direct. His Larger Than Life Prods. will develop project with Kennedy/Marshall Co. for Universal. Book will be published by Warner Books next January. No screenwriter is attached. 

Dead Or Alive 
Writer: J.F. Lawton 
Buyer: Mindfire Ent. 
Producer: Paul Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Mark Altman 
Logline: The world's most formidable fighters must compete to save the world. Based on the hit video game from Tecmo. 
Side Note: Impact Pictures and Constantin Films have joined Mindfire to bring this video game to the screen.

Employee Of The Month
Writer: Jay Leggett, Mitch Rouse 
Buyer: Bull's Eye Ent. 
Producer: Cathy Schulman, Mark Curcio, Bob Yari, Tom Nunan 
Logline: David Wells, whose day spirals from bad to worse when he gets fired from his dream job at the bank and is dumped by his fiancée Sara after she discovers that he's been cheating on her with a co-worker. David's best friend Jack tries to convince him it's for the best, but the opposite occurs when bank robberies and millions of dollars become part of the day from hell.
Side Note: Co-writer Mitch Rouse will make his directing debut. Matt Dillon, Christina Applegate and Steve Zahn are in talks to star.

Kimberly Akimbo 
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Logline: Set in suburban New Jersey, it tells the story of a teenager with a rare condition that causes her body to age faster than it should. When her family moves away from their town under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to re-evaluate her life while juggling a hypochondriac mother, a drunken father, a dishonest aunt, her own mortality and the possibility of first love. 
Side Note: Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire will adapt his own off Broadway play. 

Monster Mash 
Writer: Ben Tripp 
Buyer: Paramount 
Producer: Jordan Kerner 
Logline: The project takes place on Halloween day and centers on the notion that monsters actually exist, but the only day they can come out without being noticed is Halloween because everyone thinks they are in a costume. This is also the one day when monsters can accomplish all their errands and chores for the entire year. When a 14-year-old boy and his father discover this secret, a wild adventure ensues. 
Side Note: Preemptive purchase. Combined live action and CGI animation. Paramount also bought the rights to the hit 1962 tune "Monster Mash." Paul Neesan and Lawrence Mattis will executive produce. 

Real Steel 
Writer: Dan Gilroy 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Purchase Price: $850k
Producer: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis 
Logline: Real Steel is set in the near future, where 2,000-pound humanoid robots battle in the boxing ring and a promoter takes his fighter to the robot boxing championships.
Side Note: ImageMovers will produce, with principals Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey shepherding the project and Bennett Schneir helping develop it.

Writer: Stephen Katz 
Producer: Amanda Klein, Michael Nash 
Logline: American student in a prestigious European ballet academy that fronts for a secret witches' coven.
Side Note: Remake of the 1977 Italian film by Dario Argento. 

Army Navy Game 
Writer: David Titcher, Diane Saltzburg 
Buyer: Maverick Films 
Producer: Casey Hoelscher, Ed Morrisey 
Logline: Centers on two friends-- an Army Delta Force member and a Navy Seal -- whose relationship is challenged by an order from the Pentagon. In order to test and train the readiness of military installations, the Pentagon encourages the Army to attempt to infiltrate Navy installations of its choosing and vice versa for the Navy.
Side Note: Madonna and Guy Oseary's Maverick Films optioned David Nathaniel Titcher and Jack Saltzberg's script. Casey Hoelscher along with Ed Morrisey from Tiger Mountain Prods. will produce for Maverick.

The Bellboy 
Writer: Kevin Bisch 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Mark Steven Johnson, Brian Gersh, Gary Foster, Jerry Lewis 
Logline: When a young man traveling to London for a job interview ends up in Las Vegas instead, losing all of his money in the process, he ends up taking a job as a bellboy at the MGM Grand.
Side Note: Jerry Lewis owns the remake rights and is a producer on the project. Kahli Small will oversee for MGM. Kevin Bisch has been hired to rewrite the script. Lewis will also most likely co-star in the film. 

Benvenuti Rudnick Project 
Writer: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick 
Buyer: Universal 
Producer: Jimmy Miller 
Logline: Comedy that takes place in the world of soccer.
Side Note: Will Farell to star. Jimmy Miller and Mosaic Media will produce for Universal.

Happy Feet 
Writer: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Doug Mitchell, George Miller 
Logline: Set in Antarctica, this comedy is about a young penguin with an unusual gift who finds the heart to pursue his dream.
Side Note: Elijah Wood will provide the voice for the lead character of Mumble The Penguin. George Miller is co-writing and will direct. The CGI-animated project will be made in 
Australia, with a print expected to be delivered in late 2005. 

In The Pink 
Buyer: Revolution Studios
Producer: Dan Halsted
Logline: Centers on a Texas playboy with a cushy corporate job who suddenly finds himself out of work. To make ends meet, he turns to selling cosmetics and learns the secrets to understanding women and becomes a top seller.
Side Note: Tim Allen will star. 

Buyer: Distant Horizon 
Producer: Rob Cohen, Anant Singh 
Logline: After her parents are murdered, a young woman is taken in by a crooked detective who uses homeless kids to do his dirty work. She learns to kill and exacts street justice against the detective's chosen targets. Then she turns her talents against him in an attempt to break free.
Side Note: A writer will be hired shortly. Distant Horizon optioned the original from rights owner Studio Kikan in Tokyo. Based on a live-action version of the Japanese anime cult classic Kite.

Untitled Lowell Project 
Writer: Jeff Lowell 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/mid-six figures
Producer: Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot 
Logline: A man begins a new relationship but is haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.
Side Note: Matthew Mizel from Offspring developed the script and will co-produce. 

The Wedding Crashers 
Writer: Steve Saber, Bob Fisher 
Buyer: New Line 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures
Logline: Centers on two guys who have a hobby of crashing weddings in order to meet girls. One weekend, they crash a random nuptial, and one of them unexpectedly falls in love. 
Side Note: Tapestry Ent. will produce for New Line. The fast-tracked romantic comedy is being circled by such talent as Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Made Of Honor 
Writer: Adam Sztykiel 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/mid-six
Producer: Neal Moritz, Tara Landau, Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone 
Logline: Male-driven romantic comedy about a guy whose dream girl asks him to be her maid of honor. He agrees in an attempt to win her heart.
Side Note: Spec screenplay by first-time writer Adam Sztykiel.

Writer: Harold Pinter 
Buyer: Castle Rock 
Producer: Jude Law, Tom Sternberg, Simon Halfon 
Logline: Game-playing mystery writer leads his wife's hairdresser lover into a deadly trap.
Side Note: To star Jude Law. Michael Caine who starred in the 1972 film based on the play might star as well. Law will produce the film with his partner Tom Sternberg and Simon Halfon. Playwright Harold Pinter will adapt the play.

Writer: Ted Griffin 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Matthias Emcke, Beau Flynn 
Logline: Centers on a serial killer loose in New York. When the FBI fails to catch him after several attempts, they are forced to hire a psychic to hunt him down. 
Side Note: Veteran music video helmer Miguel Sapochnik is in negotiations to direct along with Paul Verhoeven. Beau Flynn will produce through Firm Films, with Matthias Emcke producing through Key Entertainment.

The Sweetest Fig 
Writer: Mark Andrus 
Author: Chris Van Allsburg 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: Michael Besman, Chris Van Allsburg, Bill Teitler 
Logline: Story of a villainous dentist who is given a pair of magic figs by a patient who can't afford to pay cash. The figs have the power to make dreams come true, which he disbelieves but discovers to be true after eating the first one. He makes plans to eat the second fig to become the richest man in the world, but in a turn of events, his oppressed terrier Marcel gobbles it up and reverses the master-slave relationship.
Side Note: Michael Besman brought the book to the studio's executive vp Amy Baer, who will oversee.

Writer: David Koepp 
Author: Chris Van Allsburg 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: Bill Teitler, Chris Van Allsburg, Scott Kroopf 
Logline: Story involves an intergalactic board game tied into the Jumanji game. Similar to Jumanji but instead of jungle trouble the board evokes a purple planet called Zathura complete with meteors, robots and aliens.
Side Note: Screenplay will be based on an upcoming picture book by "Jumanji" author Chris Van Allsburg. Radar Pics. will produce. David Koepp has come aboard to adapt the book. 

Writer: Todd Alcott 
Buyer: Touchstone 
Producer: Barry Josephson, Sunil Perkash, Barry Sonnenfeld 
Logline: Fairy tale peasant girl in animation enters the real world of New York City and falls in love with a betrothed man. The storybook ending becomes complicated when an animated prince ventures to the city to find her. The evil queen takes a road trip as well, bent on destroying her.
Side Note: Adam Shenkman will direct. The current frontrunners for the female lead are Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon.

Hostile Takeover 
Writer: Jennifer Robinson, Dyanne Stempel 
Buyer: Universal/Imagine 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/high-six
Producer: David Bernardi, Maureen Peyrot 
Logline: Roughly based on "King Lear," story follows three pampered daughters of a corporate raider who are forced to learn how to be hard-nosed business execs.

Myles Connor Project 
Buyer: Mandalay 
Producer: John McAveeney 
Logline: Story of art thief Myles Connor who is believed to be involved in the planning of the biggest art theft in American history, the March 18, 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston that included 13 works valued at from $300 million to $500 million. 

The Time Traveler's Wife 
Author: Audrey Niffenegger 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Jennifer Aniston, Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Nick Wechsler 
Logline: A man has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time-travel, appearing at different times in his life. The condition is brought on by stress and bad memories, and his lover has no idea when or if he will reappear as he is sent back to various traumatic moments.
Side Note: Book is loosely based on "The Odyssey." The film will be produced by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Jennifer Aniston and Nick Wechsler. It will be a co-production between Wechsler's Industry and the as-yet-unnamed production shingle formed by Pitt, Grey and Aniston. 

Eddie Maloney Project 
Writer: Mike Jones 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Matt Dillon 
Logline: Biopic about mobster turned FBI-informant Eddie Maloney who helped convict the infamous John Gotti.
Side Note: Matt Dillon will produce and star in the pic. He is developing the script with Mike Jones. It is based in part on Maloney's autobiography "Tough Guy: The True Story of 'Crazy' Eddie Maloney." 

Battle Chasers 
Genre: Fantasy
Author: Joe Madureira 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 
Producer: Gil Netter 
Logline: In a deadly alien world where humans battle for wealth, four very different super-powered warriors are forced to form an alliance to save their land from a corrupt king.
Side Note: Comic book series was created by Joe Madureira and published by DC Comics. Stuart Hazeldine is negotiating to adapt the comic book. Ken Levin and Jason Netter are executive producers.

Beauty Shop 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere 
Logline: The shop is located next door to Ice Cube's convivial but financially challenged inner-city Chicago tonsorial parlor.
Side Note: Queen Latifah will star and produce along with her Flavor Unit Films partner Shakim Compere. Latifah will be paid nearing the eight-figure mark against a cut of the gross. Elizabeth Hunter is negotiating to write the screenplay. Latifah will take a cameo role in the sequel to "Barbershop" to introduce her character.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 
Author: Judi Barrett 
Buyer: Sony Pictures Animation 
Logline: Story of the town of Chewandswallow where every day the weather brings a new food into town. Rain can be soup or juice, snow is mashed potatoes and the wind blows in hamburger storms. However, when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the town finds itself besieged by food and must figure out what to do.
Side Note: Wayne Rice is negotiating to adapt the material. Book was first published in 1982. It will be CGI animated.

She's Gone 
Writer: Armyan Bernstein 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Armyan Bernstein, Marc Johnson 
Logline: About a couple who have been married since they were high school sweethearts. When the husband decides after 20 years that he wants to end the relationship without hurting his wife, he decides the only way to do so is to hire someone she can fall in love with. After the plan is successful, the husband has second thoughts and the wife must choose between her husband and her new love.
Side Note: Michelle Pfeiffer will star. Script is out to directors.





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