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The Hillside Strangler 
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Writer: Chris Fisher 
Buyer: Silver Nitrate 
Producer: Chris Fisher, Ash Shah 
Logline: Told through the eyes of a psychiatrist, the story is loosely based on the events surrounding serial killers Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, two cousins who were pimps and hustlers and who murdered 10 women in Los Angeles in a four-month period from 1977-78.
Side Note: Chris Fisher will direct and produce from his own script through his Imperial Fish Company. Filming will begin February on a budget of less than $2 mil.


The Car Thief 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Michael Addis 
Buyer: Filmstar Prods. 
Producer: Lorena David, Mark Roberts 
Logline: Story is about a guy who carjacks a wealthy film executive and, in doing so, steals a prized manuscript as well as the exec's identity.
Side Note: Screenwriter Michael Addis will also direct. Mario Lopez will star in. 


The Translator 
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Writer: Tom Lassally, Chris Henchy 
Buyer: Intermedia 
Producer: Tom Lassally, Dylan Sellers 
Logline: A translator is hired to make a Spanish diplomat appealing to a woman. The translator's being pressured to connect the pair for political reasons. But as he sells the merits of this suave loser, the translator finds himself falling in love with the woman.
Side Note: This is the first project producer Dylan Sellers has set up at Intermedia.

 

The Blue Nowhere 
Genre: Thriller
Writer: Andrew Klavan 
Author: Jeffrey Deaver 
Buyer: Silver Pics./Warner Bros. 
Producer: Joel Silver, Arnold Schwarzenegger 
Logline: Set in cyberspace, a conventional cop teams up with a computer hacker to stop a serial killer from infiltrating his victim's lives.
Side Note: Written by Jeffrey Deaver, who also wrote the novel "The Bone Collector." 


Snakeskin 
Genre: Action
Writer: Caesar Luisi 
Buyer: Emmett/Furler Films 
Producer: Leo Amari, Randall Emmett, George Furla 
Logline: A man, who specializes in "acquiring" specialty items for the highest bidder, seeks revenge when he's double-crossed and must recover a priceless relic. 
Side Note: Screenwriter is also an actor who will play a role in the flick. Gus Furla will also act in a producing capacity.


WXYZ 
Genre: Supernatural
Writer: Andrew Klavan 
Buyer: Warner Bros./Silver Pics. 
Producer: Joel Silver 
Logline: A late-night talk show host at a small-town radio station encounters supernatural warnings involving a series of murders that he may or may not be responsible for.


Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg 
Buyer: Senator Film 
Producer: Greg Shapiro 
Logline: Two stoner roommates in their 20's from New Jersey -- one a Korean investment banker, the other an Indian medical resident -- journey to a distant White Castle hamburger stand to sample its famed 39¢ burgers. 
Side Note: Danny Leiner ("Dude, Where's My Car") is negotiating to direct. Production will begin next April. Greg Shapiro will produce.


Mazar E Sharif 
Genre: True Story
Buyer: Columbia Pics. Mace Neufeld Prods. 
Producer: Mace Neufeld 
Logline: Story of one of the 12-man Special Forces Alpha Teams sent to Afghanistan to liaise with the Northern Alliance forces in preparation for their attack on the Taliban. The Special Force was ordered to take over the city of Mazar E Sharif within six months. The soldiers not only completed their task in two weeks but did so in a cavalry-style battle since such modern equipment as tanks and jeeps could not be used because of the location and terrain of the city.
Side Note: Story was brought to producer Neufeld by actor James Cromwell. He wrote a treatment with Gershon Weltman who works in the defense industry. Both will exec produce. Phillip Noyce has come aboard to develop the project; he may also direct. No screenwriter has been attached.



The Underclassman 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Brent Goldberg, David Wagner 
Buyer: Miramax 
Producer: Peter Abrams, Robert Levy, Andrew Panay 
Logline: A 24-year old detective who gets no respect from his peers because of his young looks, is always getting petty assignments. After he goes undercover at an elite private school, he stumbles upon an international stolen-car ring involving some of the students.
Side Note: Pitch. Pre-emptive bid. Peter Abrams, Robert Levy and Andrew Panay will produce via their Miramax-based Tapestry Films. Nick Cannon and Tollin/Robbins' Michael Goldman & Doug Johnson will executive produce. Nick Cannon will star in also.


Bell, Book and Candle 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Andrew Stengel 
Buyer: Miramax 
Logline: A witch enchants her neighbor because she despises his fiancée. 
Side Note: Rewrite of a draft by Leslie Megahey. This is a remake of the classic 1958 film.


Deuce Bigalow: Electric Gigalow 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Harris Goldberg, Rob Schneider 
Buyer: Touchstone 
Logline: Story is about Deuce Bigalow attending a Hogwarts-like academy for gigolos.
Side Note: Rob Schneider will reprise his role and co-write the script. Adam Sandlers' Happy Madison production company will produce with Sid Ganis' Out Of The Blue Prods. Production will begin in 2003.


Juancito 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Hector Olivera 
Buyer: Aries Cinematografica Argentina, Tercer Milenio
Producer: Hector Olivera 
Logline: The rise, fall and mysterious death of Eva Peron's brother, Juan Roman Duarte. He started out as a traveling salesman and became one of Argentina's most influential politicians and wealthiest playboys. He committed suicide after being convicted of fraud but many thought he was ordered to this death by Juan Peron.
Side Note: Hector Olivera is developing, producing, writing and directing this film. Casting will be announced soon with production to begin in February.


The Warriors 
Genre: Action
Writer: Joel Wyman 
Buyer: Paramount/MTV Films 
Logline: Small group of gang members are falsely accused of murdering a peace seeking gang leader. They are pusued through NY streets by revenge seeking rival gangs.
Side Note: Rewrite of draft by John Glenn and Travis Wright set up in April 2002. Remake of the 1979 film. Tony Scott to direct. MTV Films and Scott Free Productions will produce. The film will join together styles of Hong Kong martial arts films and contemporary action features. Overseeing the project at MTV Films is Van Toffler, David Gale and Michael Cole. Larry Gordon who produced the original, will also be involved in project's development. 


The Great War 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Larry Ramin 
Buyer: Intermedia Films
Producer: Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tony To 
Logline: Set during WW I, story will follow follow the intersecting lives of four combatants through the last years of the conflict.
Side Note: First project to fall under deal that Spitfire Films has with Intermedia. 


The Real Spring Break 
Genre: Reality
Buyer: New Line
Producer: Mary Ellis-Bunim, Jonathan Murray, Rick DeOliveira, Jamie Schutz 
Logline: Reality flick of 12 students who go to Cancun on their spring break.
Side Note: Bunim/Murray's Mary-Ellis Bunim & Jonathan Murray, Rick DeOliveira and Jamie Schutz will produce. FilmEngine's Anthony Rhulen, A.J. Dix and Bill Shively will Executive Produce. New Line hopes to put this film ahead of the Universal reality film that was sold. FilmEngine is fully financing the film. 


The Tenth Justice 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Justin Lin, Ernesto Foronda, Fabian Marquez 
Buyer: Fox 2000 
Producer: Susan Cartsonis 
Logline: A female Yale Law School graduate becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving the Supreme Court following the revelation of a verdict. 
Side Note: Justin Lin will make "The Tenth Justice" his next project. Lin will direct and co-write. Dick Clark Prods. will produce for Fox 2000.


Family Reunion 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Darryl Quarles 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Logline: A pregnant woman returns to her Southern household to reunite with her family and have her baby. This all happens within the space of one day.
Side Note: Pitch. Preemptive buy. Antoine Fuqua will produce and may direct. Fuqua's wife Lela Rochon will star in.


Island Games 
Genre: Romantic comedy
Buyer: Affinity Films 
Producer: Ira Besserman, Mark Hammond, Ira Trattner 
Logline: Set on a volcanic island that rises from the deep once every few centuries, an upper-crust British journalist and a feisty Sicilian fisherwoman battle for ownership.
Side Note: Script was a semifinalist in the Nicholl Screenwritng Competition put on through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


Killing Floor 
Genre: Action
Writer: John Rogers 
Author: Lee Child 
Buyer: New Line/Mutual Film Co. 
Producer: Don Granger, Gary Levinsohn 
Logline: Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator, solves crimes as he drifts from city to city.
Side Note: Adaptation of the Lee Child novel. The studio hopes to create a franchise out of this character, in which this is the first book out of a six-book series. Don Granger and Gary Levinsohn will produce. Kevin Messick will executive produce.


Nanny McPhee 
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy
Writer: Emma Thompson 
Author: Christianna Brand 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Lindsay Doran 
Logline: Emma Thompson will star as a governess who uses magic to alter the behavior of a group of previously irredeemable kids.
Side Note: Assignment for Kirk Jones III ("Waking Ned Devine.") Screenplay is based on the Nurse Matilda" books written in the mid-1960s by Christianna Brand -- the pen name of Mary Christianna Milne Lewis. Project was originally set up six years ago at MGM. The studio head at that time, Lindsay Doran, now a producer will produce via her Radar Pics-based Three Strange Angels banner.


Sleeping With Schubert 
Genre: Comedy
Author: Bonnie Marson 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Richard Pine 
Logline: A New York lawyer with no musical talent who suddenly becomes inhabited by the spirit of dead composer Franz Schubert and becomes a musical prodigy.
Side Note: Preemptive deal for this yet unpublished novel. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and literary agent Richard Pine will produce.


Untitled Mike Fleiss Spring Break Project 
Genre: Reality
Buyer: Universal 
Logline: Camera crews will follow eight eager college kids to Cancun for spring break.
Side Note: Fleiss is a TV reality series producer. 


Winter Fire 
Genre: Romantic drama
Writer: Simon Kelton, Jonathan Protass 
Author: William Trotter 
Buyer: Victory Film Studios 
Producer: Michael Frost Beckner, Rupert Maconick 
Logline: Story is about a young German conductor, drafted and sent to the Russian Front, who befriends a powerful composer and falls in love with a mysterious Finnish girl.
Side Note: Adaptation of William R. Trotter's novel. Rupert Maconick and Michael Frost Beckner will produce. John Irvin will direct.


Airtight 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton 
Buyer: Warner Bros./Castle Rock 
Producer: Mike Lobell 
Logline: Caper set in Florida.
Side Note: Directing assignment for Neil Burger who directed "Interview With The Assassin." Mid 2003 start.


Animal Attraction 
Genre: Romantic comedy
Writer: Richard Cray 
Buyer: Warner Bros.
Producer: Mike Lobell 
Logline: At the Washington, D.C. zoo, two zoologists fall in live while trying to mate two giant pandas.
Side Note: Rewrite of script by Andrea King. Mike Lobell to produce. Neil Burger to direct.


Soldier Boy 
Genre: True Story
Writer: Gary Goddard
Author: Joseph Anthony 
Buyer: Electric Entertainment/Landmark Global 
Producer: Dean Devlin 
Logline: Orphaned boy in Korea who, after witnessing atrocities inflicted on his country during the war, ingratiates himself to American soldiers who help him get to the United States, where he is adopted and begins a new life.
Side Note: Based on Joseph Anthony's autobiographical book "The Rascal and the Pilgrim." Dean Devlin will produce. Ty Granaroli is attached to direct. Electric's Marc Roskin and Landmark's Joyce Kim will develop the project.


Traitor 
Genre: Thriller
Writer: Jeffrey Nachmanoff 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: David Hoberman 
Logline: Topical, politically relevant story dealing with international terrorism and U.S. traitors.
Side Note: Original idea by Steve Martin. Mandeville Pictures' David Hoberman will produce. Steve Martin and Mandeville's Todd Lieberman will Executive Produce.


Rocky VI 
Genre: Drama/Action
Writer: Sylvester Stallone 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Sylvester Stallone, Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler 
Logline: The Rocky Balboa character is now 50 years old and working in a youth center. He is lured out of retirement for one last fight.
Side Note: Sixth installment of the Rocky franchise. Stallone will star, write and produce. This installment will return to its original, indie-style scope with a budgeted in the $10 million-$15 million range. Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and Stallone will produce. 


Blond Warrior 
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
Writer: Steve Rayvler Greenberg 
Buyer: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Logline: Set in the mythical land of dragons and ogres, an over-the-hill warrior leads a group of misfits into battle with a horrible, yet stylish, giant in order to save a beautiful princess.
Side Note: Rhythm & Hues is a computer graphics facility. This is their first venture into live-action.


Fairhope, USA 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Anthony Di Pietro 
Buyer: Barry Katz Prods., CB Prods. 
Producer: Carol Baum, Barry Katz, Brian Volk- Weiss 
Logline: After his release from prison, a convicted sex offender moves to a small town to live in obscurity but when he is legally forced to register with the police, the entire town quickly learns of his past. The man becomes a pariah overnight and is exiled from the community, including the local church. A compassionate pastor decides to minister to him privately, but tensions escalate and convictions are tested.
Side Note: James Woods and Christian Slater will play the lead roles. Harold Becker will direct this indie. The filmmakers are currently looking for financiers.


The College Experience 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Dax Shelby, Robert Stevens 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures/high-six
Producer: Adam Schroeder, Geri Robert 
Logline: A Brentwood socialite gets a rude awakening when she finds herself newly divorced and broke and is forced to return to college.
Side Note: Spec. Preemptive bid. Adam Schroeder Productions and Geri Robert to produce.


Fourteen Feet 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Andrew Ungvari 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray 
Logline: A coach uses football to rehabilitate troubled kids in Texas.
Side Note: Studio bought pitch and rights to football coach Sandy Brown's life. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi will produce via their Mayhem Pictures banner.


Fury Road 
Genre: Action
Writer: George Miller 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 
Producer: George Miller, Bruce Davey, Doug Mitchell 
Logline: Fourth installment of the "Mad Max" franchise which features Mad Max in the lawless, post-apocalyptic Australian outback.
Side Note: Mel Gibson will be back in this $104 mil. flick to shoot in Australia next May. George Miller who directed "Mad Max" will also return. 


Hot Money 
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Jay Cohen, Emily Cummins 
Logline: Americanized remake of the true story of three women who worked as a night cleaning crew in the British Treasury and managed to skim money from the department before it was incinerated. The women then used the money for charitable causes.
Side Note: Based on a British telefilm of the same name. The company that produced that film Granada Ent. will exec produce the remake. Callie Khouri will direct. No screenwriter is attached to the project.


Perfect Strangers 
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Writer: Bob Edwards
Buyer: Revolution Studios
Producer: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Deborah Schindler
Log Line: Set in the world of the Internet. 
Side Note: Rewrite. Edwards will take over for Jon Bokenkamp. Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas will produce along with Deborah Schindler via Julia Roberts' New York based Red Om production banner. 


The Ladykillers 
Genre: Black Comedy
Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen 
Buyer: Touchstone 
Producer: Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld 
Logline: A crazy Southern professor puts together a gang of thieves to rob a riverboat casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but when she discovers the plan, somebody has to kill her. The landlady proves to be a tough cookie.
Side Note: Remake of the 1955 film. Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson, Ethan Coen will produce. Tom Hanks to star in. Originally set up in April 2002. Production will begin in L.A. next summer.


Sky High 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Paul Hernandez 
Buyer: Walt Disney Company
Log Line: Centers on a high school for the kids of superheroes. 
Side Note: Mike Mitchell to direct. Gunn Films' Andrew Gunn to produce. 


The Ring 2 
Genre: Horror
Writer: Ehren Kruger 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Logline: Story is in the early stages of development.
Side Note: Sequel to "The Ring." Gore Verbinski will direct again.

 

50 First Kisses 
Genre: Romantic comedy
Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/mid-six
Producer: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo 
Logline: A man falls in love with a woman who is suffering from severe short-term memory loss thus every day he must win her over all over again and try to have her fall in love with him. 
Side Note: Rewrite of a script by George Wing set up in October 2000. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore to star in. Sandler and partner Jack Giarraputo will produce. Steve Golin's Anonymous will also produce.



The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: George Wing 
Buyer: Columbia Pictures 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures 
Producer: Mace Neufeld
Log Line: An ordinary man suddenly acquires the power to do anything he wants. 
Side Note: Remake. Based on a story by H. G. Wells and the 1936 movie. 



Caught Stealing 
Genre: Dark Comedy
Writer: Michael Gavin, Peter Speakman 
Author: Charles Huston 
Buyer: Crossroads Films 
Producer: Dan Lindau, Paul Miller 
Logline: A failed baseball player makes a big mistake when he agrees to a weekend of cat-sitting for his sexy neighbor.
Side Note: Assignment for Peter Speakman and Michael M.B. Galvin to adapt the as-yet published book by Charles Huston. Crossroads is based at UA.



Sky High 
Genre: Comedy/Action
Writer: Paul Hernandez 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Andrew Gunn 
Logline: Story is set at a high school for kids of superheroes.
Side Note: Directing assignment for Mike Mitchell.



Code 46 
Genre: Sci-Fi/Romance
Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce 
Buyer: UA 
Producer: Andrew Eaton 
Logline: Set in the future, a couple having an affair go on the run from the authorities after the authorities find out that the woman was cloned using the DNA from the man's mother.
Side Note: Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton will star. Michael Winterbottom will direct in London next month.



Untitled Fusco Project
Writer: John Fusco 
Buyer: Universal 
Purchase Price: High-six figures/$1.75 mil+
Producer: Casey Silver 
Side Note: Blind writing deal. Casey Silver will produce. John Fusco has written "Young Guns" and "Thunderheart."



In Death 
Genre: Romantic thriller
Author: Nora Roberts 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 2000 
Producer: Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Susan Landau 
Logline: Taking place in the future, story follows the life and investigations of NY Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
Side Note: To be adapted from the fourteen title book series by Roberts. Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's Icon Productions to produce. Susan Landau to also produce. Fox hopes to make this into a franchise.



Untitled Melinda Jason Story 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Melinda Jason 
Buyer: Paramount 
Logline: A woman transforms herself from a brassy Hollywood agent married to a wealthy Hollywood producer to a bankrupt menial laborer married to a woman in Seattle. 
Side Note: Deal includes for Melinda Jason to script her life story.



The Prince and the Freshman 
Genre: Romantic comedy
Writer: Katherine Fugate 
Buyer: Paramount/Lions Gate Films 
Producer: Mark Amin 
Logline: Set at an Indiana University, story focuses on a romance between a female student and a British prince, who poses as a regular student. Problems ensue after their relationship is publicly exposed and the queen of England must take drastic measures.
Side Note: Julia Stiles has signed on to star in this film that Martha Coolidge will direct. Project was developed in house by Sobini Films. Sobini's Mark Amin will produce. Sobini's Robin Schorr and Cami Winikoff will executive produce. 



Arthur Spiderwick's Guide to the Fantastic World Around You 
Genre: Adventure/Family
Writer: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi 
Buyer: Paramount/Nickelodeon 
Producer: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Mark Canton, Albie Hecht 
Logline: A set of boy twins and their older teenaged sister find an alternate world of fairies and goblins in their great-uncle's rundown house.
Side Note: Nickelodeon and APG will produce for Paramount. This is a yet-to-be published six book series for Simon & Schuster. Three of the books have already been written. Julia Pistor from Nickelodeon will exec produce. The Gotham Group manages the writers.



Dallas Buyers Club 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga 
Buyer: Universal 
Purchase Price: $600k/$1 mil.
Producer: David Bushell 
Logline: Story of Ron Woodroof, a heterosexual, redneck electrician who contracted HIV around 1980. After being told to go home and die, he tested illegal drugs on himself to prolong his life six years and help thousands of people with AIDS.
Side Note: Assignment for Guillermo Arriaga to rewrite the Craig Borten & Melissa Wallack draft. Based on the true story of Ron Woodroof. This is the first English-lingo deal for the scribe that does not pair him with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball") will direct. Brad Pitt has showed some interest in the lead role.



Dirt Music 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Justin Monjo
Buyer: Mushroom Pictures/Rumbalara Films
Producer: Phillip Noyce, Kathleen McLaughlin, Miranda Culley 
Logline: Story is about a couple in a loveless relationship and is set in a remote fishing village on the West Australian coast.
Side Note: Option. To be based on the book by writer Tim Winton. Phillip Noyce will direct and produce. Rumbalara Films' Miranda Culley and Kathleen McLaughlin will also produce. Mushroom pictures will finance and develop script.



John Doe 
Genre: Sci-fi/Action
Writer: Zak Penn 
Buyer: Revolution Studios 
Producer: Paul Schiff 
Logline: As man who suffers from severe memory loss tries to put his life back together, he realizes that he also suddenly possesses superhuman powers. Along his journey to discover his true identity, he must avoid an assassin who knows his secret and is determined to keep it hidden by any means necessary. 
Side Note: Wesley Snipes will star. Zak Penn will make his directorial debut. Paul Schiff will produce. 



My Losing Season 
Genre: Drama
Author: Pat Conroy 
Buyer: Warner Bros./Gaylord Films 
Purchase Price: Seven figures
Producer: Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Hunt Lowry 
Logline: Chronicles the author's senior season as an overachieving point guard and team captain on the Citadel Military School basketball team in 1966-67.
Side Note: Memoir. Conroy will not adapt. Brad Grey and Brad Pitt will produce with Gaylord Entertainment's Hunt Lowry. Jennifer Aniston and Gaylord's E.K. Gaylord II will executive produce. 



Scary Movie 3: Episode 1: Lord of the Brooms 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Pat Proft, Brian Lynch, Craig Mazin, Kevin Smith 
Buyer: Dimension Films 
Logline: Third installment of scary-movie spoof.
Side Note: Production to begin in February. Anna Faris will reprise her role as Cindy Campbell. Smith will co-write along with Pat Proft, Brian Lynch and Craig Mazin who signed on in November 2002. Smith will also executive produce. David Zucker will direct. The studio hopes to beat out the Wayans Brothers similar project at Revolution. 



Shazam!
Genre: Action/Adventure
Buyer: New Line 
Logline: Mild-mannered Billy Batson discovers that he can call on the powers of an ancient Egyptian wizard, Shazam, and thereafter undertakes heroic exploits.
Side Note: Film rights were purchased from DC Comics for this 60 year old comic book. Michael Uslan will exec produce. Shazam is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world: the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.



Spawn 2 
Genre: Action/Horror
Writer: Hans Rodionoff 
Author: Todd McFarlane 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: Don Murphy, Terry Fitzgerald, Todd McFarlane 
Logline: A man comes back from Hell to be a soldier of the Devil.
Side Note: Rewrite of an older draft by Todd McFarlane and Steve Niles set up in January 2001. Despite the title, this is not a sequel to the New Line film, but rather a new film based on the comic book created by Todd McFarlane. Don Murphy to produce. 



Tortured Souls 
Genre: Horror
Writer: Hans Rodionoff 
Buyer: Universal 
Producer: Clive Barker, Todd MacFarlane 
Logline: Centers around six grisly Tortured Soul characters.
Side Note: To be based on Clive Barker and Todd McFarlane's Tortured Souls action figure line. Barker and McFarlane will produce. Barker's Seraphim Films' Joe Daley will co-produce along with Terry Fitzgerald.



Zillion 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Dwayne A. Smith
Buyer: Pandemonium 
Producer: Ashley Kramer, Lawrence Mattis 
Logline: A billionaire and super-sleuth Matthew Zillion, teams up with a no-nonsense female New York City detective to crush an international drug ring.
Side Note: Ashley Kramer will produce with Lawrence Mattis and Circle of Confusion.



A Matter of Principal 
Genre: Drama
Writer: Max Allan Collins 
Author: Max Allan Collins 
Buyer: Yume Pictures Ent. 
Producer: John Gordon, Andrea Gros, Marie Boetschi 
Logline: A retired hit man who finds that doing one last "job" is just what he needs to battle his relentless insomnia.
Side Note: Assignment for Max Allan Collins ("Road To Perdition") to adapt from his short story of the same name. Jeffrey Goodman who has also directed a short based on the story, will direct the feature in 2003.



Rivers in the Desert
Genre: Drama
Author: Margaret Leslie Davis 
Buyer: Production Partners 
Producer: Frank Darabont 
Logline: Chronicles the true story of William Mulholland, considered a visionary who was vital in building modern Los Angeles, from his triumphant rise to his tragic fall.
Side Note: Adaptation of Margaret Leslie Davis' "Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles." Frank Darabont's Darkwoods Production will produce. No writer is attached as yet.



Untitled Kearns Project
Genre: True Story
Writer: James Kearns 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six-figures
Logline: Centers on Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Robert Capa from 1943 and D-Day, and his love affair with an Englishwoman during WWII. 
Side Note: Assignment based on two books whose rights were picked up by Disney: Slightly Out of Focus: The Robert Capa Story," Capa's autobiography, along with the rights to Richard Whelan's book "Robert Capa: A Biography." Screenwriter Kearns is managed by Evolution Ent.



The Woods 
Genre: Psychological horror
Writer: David Ross 
Buyer: UA 
Logline: Story takes place at a remote boarding school in the woods where the female students are mysteriously disappearing.
Side Note: Spec script. Furst Films' Sean and Bryan Furst to produce. Lucky McKee to direct.



The Defiant Ones 
Genre: Drama
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Arthur Sarkissian 
Logline: Centers on two escaped convicts bound at the wrist.
Side Note: Remake of the 1958 Stanley Kramer film which starred Tony Curtis and Sidney Portier. This is part of a new first-look producing deal that producer Arthur Sarkissian signed with MGM.



El Cid 
Genre: Historical drama
Buyer: Arthur Sarkissian 
Producer: Arthur Sarkissian 
Logline: Original film was set in war-torn Spain during the 12th century. It centers on Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as El Cid, a lord who became one of the greatest heroes of all time, rising above religious hatred and calling upon Christians and Moors to stand up against the fanatical religious warrior Ben Yussuf and his army.
Side Note: Martin Campbell is attached to direct. This project was first announced on 6/14/02. It is possible that it may be produced under producer Arthur Sarkissian's new first-look deal with MGM. The project is out to writers.



Seniors 
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Jon Zack 
Buyer: Focus Features 
Producer: Jeff Davidson 
Logline: A party animal who's in his eighth year as a college senior, develops a friendship with an eccentric older woman after accidentally crashing his car into her property. Forced to do repair work on her house, he ends up developing a rapport with her that changes their lives.
Side Note: Spec script. Jeff Davidson to produce.

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