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Havoc 
Genre: Drama 
Writer: Stephen Gaghan 
Buyer: MDP Worldwide 
Producer: John Morrissey, Jack Murphy 
Logline: Similar to the storytelling in "Traffic," "Havoc" is an intricate drama about a gang of wealthy L.A. teens met with the real-life gangster lifestyle they have long tried to follow when they encounter a drug-dealing Latino gang. 
Side Note: This script is based on Jessica Kaplan's screenplay "Powers That Be" which sold a few years back when Jessica was a high school student at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. Lars Bjorck will co-produce. 


A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genious 
Genre: Memoir 
Author: Dave Eggers 
Buyer: New Line 
Purchase Price: $2 mil / $3 mil 
Producer: Scott Rudin, Dave Eggers 
Logline: Memoir of author's life after the death of his parents. At 22, he was forced to raise his 8 year-old brother and come up with innovative ways to do this. 
Side Note: Book was written by Dave Eggers who has the right to co-write the treatment or approve it if it is written by someone else. He also has the right to approve the screenwriter, director and the screenwriter. He will also have the right to approve the screenplay if it varies from the treatment that he gave the go ahead to. The author will donate much of his money to cancer related charities. 


Matt Helm Book Series 
Genre: Action 
Author: Donald Hamilton 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Purchase Price: Near seven figurees 
Producer: Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd 
Logline: Elements from many of the books will be incorporated into this feature about Matt Helm, debonair spy. 
Side Note: All 27 novels in the series have been optioned. DreamWorks is hoping this will be a franchise. Robert Luketic ("Legally Blonde") will direct. Barry Rosen and Danny Simon will exec produce through their Wetworks production company. 


Nappliy Ever After 
Genre: Drama 
Author: Trisha Thomas 
Buyer: Universal/Mark Platt Prods.
Producer: Mark Platt, Vincent Cirrincione, Angela DeJoseph, Halle Berry 
Logline: A beautiful woman (Halle Berry) is tired of waiting for her boyfriend to marry her. They break up and her resolve is tested after he falls for another woman. 
Side Note: To star Halle Berry. A writer is being sought to adapt. 


Surviving Christmas
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan, Josh Sternin, Josh Ventimilia 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Producer: Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping 
Logline: A man is faced with spending the Christmas holiday by himself. In order to avoid loneliness on this special day, he goes back to his childhood home and persuades the family that now lives there to take him in. 
Side Note: DreamWorks is negotiating with Sony to buy this project that will star Ben Affleck. Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan scripted the original draft, with a rewrite by Josh Sternin and Jeff Ventimilia. Betty Thomas and Jenno Toppings' Tall Tree Prods. will produce for DreamWorks. 


The Boston Stranglers 
Genre: Thriller 
Writer: Sid Quashie
Buyer: Paramount 
Producer: Jesse Beaton, Gale Anne Hurd 
Logline: What if the Boston Strangler killings were committed by multiple killers rather than just the convicted killer, Albert DeSalvo? 
Side Note: Adaptation assignment of the book of the same name. Carl Franklin is attached to direct. Paramount hopes to have a script by the summer. Kevin Brown will exec produce. 

The Mission 
Genre: Action 
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie 
Buyer: Intermedia 
Purchase Price: High-six figures 
Producer: Lou Pitt, Robert Newmyer, Thomas Leong, Chris Acosta 
Logline: Five elite bodyguards form a tight bond while protecting a key mob leader after an attempted assassination. 
Side Note: Negotiations are still taking place on this deal to remake a 1999 Hong Kong film. Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") will write the script. Outlaw Films will produce for Intermedia. 


Next Door 
Genre: Horror 
Writer: Jack Wade Wall 
Buyer: New Line/D-No 
Producer: Darlene Caamano 
Logline: A seriel killer returns to a small town to wreak havoc. 
Side Note: Noah Rosen will exec produce.  D-No which manages the writer will produce for New Line. 


The Up and Comer 
Genre: Black Comedy 
Buyer: USA Films/Furthur Films 
Agency: Endeavor 
Logline: The life of a very successful New York attorney is turned upside down when a penniless prep-school buddy blows into town and proceeds to blackmail him. 
Side Note: Adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Polson (who will direct) and Howard Roughan. Furthur Films, owned by Michael Douglas is based at USA Films. Fred Fuchs will exec produce. 

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Ghost Soldiers 
Genre: Drama / Military 
Writer: Josh Friedman 
Author: Hampton Sides 
Buyer: DreamWorks/Universal 
Purchase Price: Six figures 
Producer: Marc Platt 
Logline: Based on a true story of a daring rescue by an elite force of US Rangers of 500 American POW's held in a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines during WWII. 
UPDATE: Steven Spielberg will direct and Tom Cruise will star. Project was originally sold to Universal on 1/19/01. C/W Prods. (Tom Cruise's co.) will develop the project for Universal and DreamWorks. A draft has been completed by Josh Friedman. 


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Howard Hughes Project 
Genre: Biography 
Writer: John Logan 
Buyer: Forward Pass 
Producer: Sandy Climan, Michael Mann 
Logline: This bio-pic will focus on the formative Hughes years, when he was a dashing aviator and movie mogul. It will end in the early 1950s. 
Side Note: Martin Scorsese will direct. Leornardo DiCaprio will star. A script has been written by John Logan which was developed by Leonardo DiCaprio and director Michael Mann. Mann dropped out of the project as director but will produce under his Forward Pass production banner. Financing is being sought. 


Illusion 
Genre: Action / Thriller 
Writer: William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures 
Producer: Jonathan Frakes, Lisa Olin 
Logline: An illusionist falsely accused of a crime uses his magic tricks to clear his name. 
Side Note: This was a preemptive purchase by Disney. Jonathan Frakes will direct and produce through his Goepp Circle Films production banner. 


My Romance 
Genre: Romantic comedy 
Writer: Jim Mattson, B.E. Brauner 
Buyer: Davis Entertainment/Twentieth Century Fox 2000 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures 
Logline: An ordinary woman is mistaken for a billionaire’s mistress. The man then hires her to masquerade as his mistress to protect the other woman’s identity from the media. 
Side Note: Jennifer Love Hewitt has been signed to star and will co-produce through her LoveSpell Prods. Robert King will rewrite the Jim Mattson-B.E. Brauner script. Project was originally set up on 5/21/1998. 

The Corrections 
Genre: Drama 
Writer: David Hare 
Author: Jonathan Franzen 
Buyer: Scott Rudin Prods. 
Producer: Scott Rudin 
Logline: Story is about a three generations of a deeply dysfunctional Midwestern family who convene for a final Christmas celebration. Some of the family members include: a patriarch with Parkinson's disease, his bisexual daughter, a chef in a trendy Philadelphia restaurant and his prodigal son and an academic fired for having an affair with a student. 
Side Note: David Hare has been hired to adapt the book which was originally sold on 8/02/01. It will be directed by Stephen Daldry. Production might begin this winter. 

The Pleasure Of Your Company 
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Michael Ian Black 
Buyer: Magellan Filmed Entertainment 
Producer: Mike Gabrawy, Michael Garrity, Marc Fusco 
Logline: Story is about a confused young man who marries a complete stranger after he accidentally kills his girlfriend in a surprise marriage proposal. 
Side Note: Written by actor Michael Ian Black who will also direct. Black's manager will exec produce. 


Secret Sanction 
Genre: Drama / Action 
Writer: Joe Batteer, John Rice 
Author: Brian Haig 
Buyer: Intermedia Films/Saturn Films 
Producer: Nicolas Cage, Norm Golightly 
Logline: Story is about the complexities and moral grays of war, seen through the eyes of a military prosecutor. 
Side Note: To star and be produced by Nicolas Cage's company, Saturn Films. Author is the son of Alexander Haig, the former Secretary of State. This is a part of a seven-figure two picture deal that the screenwriters have signed with Intermedia and Pacifica. 


The Sword In The Stone 
Genre: Coming of Age 
Writer: Jay Wolpert 
Author: T.H. White 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Logline: Story of King Arthur as a young boy. Through his relationship with the magician Merlin, Arthur begins to appreciate himself and with enhanced self-esteem prepares for his future life as king of England. 
Side Note: This novel was published in 1958 as part of a quartet of novels under the title, "The Once And Future King." Movie will be live action along with CGI graphics. Jay Wolpert wrote the upcoming "The Count Of Monte Cristo." 


Three Day Weekend 
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Noah Laracy, Charlie Sullivan 
Buyer: Catch 23 Entertainment 
Producer: Matt Berenson, Alessandro Camon 
Logline: A conservative sheriff in a small town must keep order even though the residents believe the world will end in three days. 
Side Note: Both writers just sold "Fordlandia" to HBO based on a pitch and will write the script. It's about Henry Ford's failure to build a rubber plantation in the heart of the Amazon. 


Pure Dead Magic 
Genre: Children 
Writer: Julian Fellowes 
Author: Debi Gliori 
Buyer: Universal 
Producer: Courtney Pledger, Sarah Radclyffe 
Logline: Story is about a Scottish family, the last clan in a long line of witches living in their bewitched family castle in Scotland. When their father is kidnapped by a half brother looking for an inheritance, his children must use witchcraft, computer technology and help from some magical pet beasts to save him. 
Side Note: Julian Fellowes wrote "Gosford Park." The script will be based on the British children's book of the same name. It was published in September by Knopf. 


Like A Bat Out Of Hell: Jeepers Creepers 2 
Genre: Horror 
Writer: Victor Salva 
Buyer: UA/American Zoetrope 
Producer: Tom Luce 
Logline: A winged monster (Creeper) preys on a bus full of high school basketball players, cheerleaders and related characters 
Side Note: "Jeepers Creepers" will be financed by MGM and Myriad Pictures. The director of "Jeepers Creepers," Victor Salva will write and direct. 


Eustace Diamonds 
Genre: Drama 
Writer: Julian Fellowes 
Author: Anthony Trollope 
Producer: Bob Balaban, Ileen Meisel 
Logline: A cunning, sharp, intelligent woman attempts to keep hold of a diamond necklace that doesn't belong to her. 
Side Note: Adaptation of the novel which was purchased by Bob Balaban and Ileen Meisel. Julian Fellowes wrote "Gosford Park." 

Peter Pan 
Genre: Children 
Writer: Michael Goldenberg 
Author: James Barrie 
Buyer: Revolution Studios/Columbia Pics./Walt Disney Co. 
Logline: A new, live-action rendering of the classic James Barrie tale. 
Side Note: This is still in negotiations. 

Sweet Swinger
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Dana Olsen 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: John Davis, Dylan Sellers 
Logline: A professional golfer in debt to the mob for a lot of cash, masquerades as a woman and joins the ladies professional golf tour. He ends up winning the big tournament and falling in love with the leading player. 
Side Note: Dana Olsen wrote the original draft which was picked up by Fox 2000 six years ago. Over the years, rewrites were down by Jack Cash and Jack Eps Jr. ("Top Gun") and David Diamond and David Weissman. 

Dark Water 
Genre: Horror / Fantasy 
Buyer: Pandemonium 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six 
Producer: Doug Davison, Roy Lee 
Logline: Story is about an economically underprivileged woman's unpleasant custody battle for her daughter, which descends into a supernatural maelstrom. 
Side Note: Remake of the Hideo Nakata's horror fantasy picture "Dark Water," which will debut in Japan this weekend. Vertigo Entertainment, which was formed last October will produce for Pandemonium. 


Edge Of Darkness 
Genre: Political thriller 
Buyer: Catch 23 Entertainment
Producer: Michael Wearing 
Logline: After witnessing the murder of his daughter, an obsessed cop and widower tries to catch those responsible. 
Side Note: Martin Campbell will direct this feature remake of a BBC mini-series. Unlike the miniseries, the story will be modernized and set in the U.S. The project was developed at the U.K.- based development and production entity of Catch 23 Entertainment


The Giver 
Genre: Drama / Futuristic 
Author: Lois Lowry 
Buyer: Walden Media 
Producer: Orly Wiseman, Nicole Silver, Neil Koenigsberg 
Logline: We're presented with a world where there is no pain, love, sickness, poverty etc. Basically, no humanity. A 12-year-old boy is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the guidance of a wise old man known as the Giver, he gradually learns the disturbing truth about his world. That its people have chosen to surrender their humanity to create a more stable society. 
Side Note: Jeff Bridges will star and produce through his Asls Productions. RCN Entertainment is also producing for Walden Media. No screenwriter is attached. 


Under The Tuscan Sun 
Genre: Romantic comedy 
Writer: Audrey Wells 
Buyer: Miramax 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six 
Producer: Tom Sternberg 
Logline: Memoir of the author's experiences renovating an abandoned villa in Italy. 
Side Note: Audrey Wells ("The Truth About Cats and Dogs." ) has come aboard to adapt the novel and direct. Deal was originally set up on 5/19/2000. 

Fugue 
Genre: Romantic thriller 
Writer: Alon Kaplan
Buyer: Miramax 
Logline: A gifted medical student disappears and then reappears eight years later with no memory of what happened to him during that time. While he investigates his missing years, he discovers that he possessed numerous identities. 
Side Note: Eric Bross is attached to direct. 

Head Of The State 
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi 
Buyer: DreamWorks SKG 
Logline: Chris Rock will star as an Alderman from a Washington district who runs for President as a replacement for a deceased candidate. 
Side Note: This will be Chris Rock's directing debut. 


Jealousy 
Genre: Drama 
Writer: John Herzfeld
Buyer: Artisan Ent. 
Producer: John Herzfeld, Eric Handler, Keith Addis, Nick Wechsler 
Logline: Story of two couples. As their relationships fall apart they fall victim to their jealous feelings. 
Side Note: Herzfeld wrote and directed "Fifteen Minutes." He will direct "Jealousy." 


The Phoenix 
Genre: Thriller 
Writer: Henning Boetius 
Buyer: Universal 
Purchase Price: Six-figures 
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall 
Logline: A man who escapes the Hindenburg disaster, becomes fixated with detecting the cause of the crash. 
Side Note: The author is the the son of the Hindenburg elevator operator who survived the crash. The book was just published by Doubleday. 

Last Of The Amazons 
Genre: Action/Adventure 
Author: Steven Pressfield 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox/Lightstorm Entertainment 
Logline: The story is about female Amazon warriors who nearly overrun Greece. These warriors only seek out the company of males when they need to repopulate. 
Side Note: The author Steve Pressfield might write the script. The book will be published by Doubleday in June. Lightstorm Ent. is owned by James Cameron. 

Mr. and Mrs. Smith 
Genre: Action / Thriller 
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Buyer: Weed Road Pics./Summitt Ent. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures / mid-six 
Producer: Akiva Goldsman, Patrick Wachsberger 
Logline: This is a mix between "War of the Roses" and "True Lies," where a couple click while escaping a revolt in Colombia. 
Additional Information: Pitch given by Simon Kinberg. 
UPDATE: Summitt Entertainment is making a deal with New Regency to produce this project which was originally set up on 07/17/2000. Simon Kinberg was a student at Columbia University's graduate film program, which Hollywood pays lots of attention to. This was Kinberg's fourth deal in three years as a student. 

Lizzie McGuire 
Genre: Coming of Age 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Stan Rogow 
Logline: Film follows the comic antics of a 13-year-old girl as she tries to survive seventh grade. 
Side Note: This is a feature film adaptation of a Disney Channel series. The film will star Hilary Duff, who stars in the series and will be released in 2003. 

Major Movie Star 
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: April Blair 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: $300k / $600k 
Logline: In order to show a producer that she can play a character in a military-themed picture, a naive pop singer enlists in the Army. It has been described as "Legally Blonde" in combat boots.

Across The Nightingale Floor 
Genre: Historical drama 
Author: Lian Hearn 
Buyer: Universal/Kennedy Marshall Co. 
Purchase Price: near $2 mil. 
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall 
Logline: Story is about the adventures of Takeo, a 16-year-old boy who loses his parents and is adopted by a powerful warlord. Along the way he also discovers he has mystical powers. 
Side Note: First book in a trilogy of historic novels. 


The Billionaire Fugitive 
Writer: Ned Zeman, Daniel Bernstein 
Author: Ned Zeman 
Buyer: Revolutions Studios/Cheyenne Ent. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures - seven 
Producer: Arnold Rifkin, Bruce Willis 
Logline: True story of a woman's decade long pursuit to pin the murder of her friend on Robert Dunst, the inheritor to a NY real estate empire. 


The Grisbeys 
Genre: Comedy / Family 
Writer: John Hughes
Buyer: Revolution Studios 
Producer: John Hughes
Logline: A very prosperous family loses all of its money and has to move to the other side of the tracks at Christmas. 


Haunted Mansion 
Genre: Family 
Writer: David Berenbaum 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Andrew Gunn 
Logline: Story is about a father who has neglected his family encounters a ghost while on a job interview. The revelation spooks him into an overwhelming perception of the importance of his family. 
Side Note: Inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion theme park ride. The screenwriter is part of Disney's writers-in-residence program. Producer Andrew Gun is Disney-based. 


The Shape Of Things 
Genre: Black Comedy 
Writer: Neil LaBute
Buyer: USA Films/Working Title Films 
Producer: Gail Mutrux, Philip Steuer, Neil LaBute, Rachel Weisz 
Logline: Account of a man who becomes the raw material of a student's high-concept art project. 
Side Note: Gail Mutrux's company Pretty Pictures will produce with Working Title for USA. Play is currently on Broadway and is about to end its four month run. Neil Labute will adapt is own play and direct the feature. Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will executive produce. 

Court and Spark 
Genre: Historical drama 
Writer: Alan Howard 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox Searchlight 
Producer: Marc Epstein 
Logline: Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who in the 12th century became queen of both France and England, proving more than a match for both kings. 
Side Note: Project will be developed with Nicole Kidman to star. Her manager, Marc Epstein will produce. 


The Forger 
Genre: Thriller 
Writer: David Auburn 
Author: Paul Watkins 
Buyer: Miramax 
Producer: Laura Ziskin 
Logline: Story is about an American student who arrives in Paris in 1939 and is swept up in a plot to replace French masterpieces with forgeries before the Nazis confiscate them. 
Side Note: Producer Laura Ziskin has a first-look deal with Sony. 


The Jordeys
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Chris D'Arienzo 
Producer: Scott Rudin, Ed Solomon 
Logline: Story about the rise, fall and rise of two teenage movie stars. 
Side Note: Purchased from Warner Bros. 


We Die Alone 
Genre: Drama / Military 
Author: David Howarth 
Buyer: Radar Pictures 
Producer: Mitchell Peck 
Logline: True story of an allied commando who infiltrated Nazi-occupied Norway, teaming with villagers from a remote enclave to thwart the Nazis. 

Bridesmaids 
Genre: Comedy 
Writer: Liz Brixius 
Buyer: Revolution Studios/Fortis Films 
Producer: Sandra Bullock 
Logline: Female pal comedy feature set at a wedding at Martha's Vineyard. 
Side Note: It is being developed as a starring resource for Sandra Bullock. Fortis Films will produce for Revolution Studios. 


Lieutenant Ramsey's War: From Horse Soldier to Guerrilla Commander
Genre: Biography 
Author: Edwin Ramsey, Stephen Rivele 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Terence Chang, Chris Godsick 
Logline: A true story of a U.S. Army lieutenant who refused to surrender after Japan took the Philippines in 1942. Instead, he joined the Filipino resistance and rose to command more than 40,000 guerrillas. The Japanese put the obscure American leader at the top of their death list, but Ramsey rejected the opportunity to escape and stood his ground until General Douglas MacArthur landed in 1945 
Side Note: New Line picked up book from Columbia which optioned it in 1997. Peter Kosminsky attached to develop and direct A writer is now being sought after.  


Teen Angst? Naah 
Genre: Drama 
Author: Ned Vizzini 
Buyer: Miramax/Jane Startz Prods.
Producer: Jane Startz 
Logline: An assortment of stories about the real pains of growing up and the trepidations of being a regular kid. 
Side Note: The book was penned two years ago after the publisher saw one of the the author's essays in The New York Times. NY-based Jane Startz has a first-look deal with Miramax. 

3 Miles Down 
Genre: Action 
Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton 
Author: Clyde Burleson 
Buyer: APG / Chicago Pacific 
Logline: Story of a covert CIA/Navy operation called The Jennifer Project, which was designed to salvage a sunken Soviet nuclear powered sub. With the help of Howard Hughes, a large ship was constructed that had a three-mile-long, concealed salvage arm. The mission was a success, even though the sub was cracked in half during the operation. 
Side Note: The book is titled "The Jennifer Project." Andrew Davis' company Chicago Pacific will produce and Davis will direct. 

The Argonauts 
Genre: Action / Adventure 
Writer: Simon Kinberg, Stephen Somers 
Buyer: DreamWorks SKG / Universal 
Producer: John Baldecchi, Jason Hoffs, Stephen Sommers, Bob Ducsay 
Logline: At the beginning of WWII, a group of treasure hunters discover the location of the sunken ship used by Jason and the Argonauts and believed to have held the mythical golden fleece. Soon after the discovery is made, the treasure hunters find themselves back in the land of Greek mythology, battling Cyclops and a minotaur. 
Side Note: This was originally set up as a pitch at Dreamworks before Universal came aboard. Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy") will co-write and direct. 

Deathwatch 
Genre: Horror 
Writer: Michael Weiss 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures 
Producer: Joel Silver 
Logline: A group of teenagers come across a haunted website that predicts their future. 
Side Note: Story developed by Jonathan Hung.  Project will be produced for Warner Bros. by Joel Silvers' Silver Pictures / Dark Castle Ent. and MBST Ent. It will be fast-tracked for a Halloween 2003 release. 

Untitled Harvard Heist 
Genre: Thriller 
Writer: Stephen Susco 
Buyer: Escape Artists 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures / high-six 
Producer: Steve Tisch, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, David Alper 
Logline: Two students at Harvard Law School get away with robbing the campus credit union only to get wrapped up in a tangled web of deceit involving a new college professor. 
Side Note: Bob Kosberg and Kira Mason brought the project to Escape Artists and will serve in some type of producing capacity. Brian Morewitz and Chrissy Blumenthal will serve as co-producers. 




 

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