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May 2003 Script Sales

 

The Hidden Kingdom
Writer: Richard Outten 
Buyer: Hyde Park Ent. 
Producer: Ashok Amritraj, Jon Jashni 
Logline: The story follows a Hong Kong-born hero who finds stolen cultural treasures and returns them to their rightful owners. When his father steals a relic, he must embark upon a quest to recover the artifact and travel across India in search of the keys that lead to the mythical kingdom of Shambhala.
Side Note: Pitch by Richard Outten who will also write the script.


The Monk Downstairs 
Writer: Ron Nyswaner 
Author: Tim Farrington 
Buyer: Revolution Studios 
Producer: Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Michael Besman 
Logline: Story centers on a single mother tired of the dating world who rents an apartment in her house to a man who has spent the last 20 years in a monastery. 
Side Note: Julia Roberts' company Red Om Films will produce for Revolution Studios. It is not confirmed if Roberts will be starring in the film. Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner is adapting the script.


Ultraviolet 
Writer: Kurt Wimmer 
Buyer: Screen Gems 
Producer: Lucas Foster 
Logline: A tough woman who finds herself the protector of a 9-year-old boy targeted for death. The backdrop is a civil war in the late 21st century between humans and a subculture turned into vampires. 
Side Note: Milla Jovovich will star. Kurt Wimmer who wrote the script will direct. Will begin shooting in Shanghai in December.

 

Be Cool 
Writer: Peter Steinfeld 
Author: Elmore Leonard 
Buyer: MGM 
Producer: Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, Danny DeVito 
Logline: The sequel to "Get Shorty" will pick up with Palmer, now a Hollywood producer, discovering that while attitude got him through the door, it doesn't guarantee him a blockbuster. After scoring a hit, then tanking with his next flick, the mobster decides to try his hand in the music biz by becoming a promoter for a wannabe popstar. But it turns out, the singer also happens to be on the Russian mafia's hit list. 
Side Note: Book was written by Elmore Leonard. Jersey Films will produce for MGM. MGM and Jersey Films are in talks with Brett Ratner to direct. Today it was announced that John Travolta is negotiating with MGM to reprise his role of Chili Palmer. Elmore Leonard and Michael Siegel will executive produce.


Final Cut 
Writer: Omar Naim 
Buyer: Lions Gate Films 
Producer: Nick Wechsler 
Logline: Set in a world where implanted microchips can record all moments of an individual's life.
Side Note: Jim Caviezel will star opposite Robin Williams which will start production June 29, 2003. To be directed by screenwriter Omar Naim.


The Kids 
Writer: Jeffrey Kahn 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/mid-six
Producer: Barry Josephson 
Logline: About a divorced woman who brings home a new man, but her three kids collectively make a decision that they will not accept him into their lives. They succeed in driving him away but soon realize that he was the right person for their mother and must now do everything they can to bring him back.
Side Note: Fox senior vp production Debbie Liebling is overseeing the project for the studio. Josephson Entertainment vp production/development Ami Vitori is overseeing for the company. 


Addicted 
Writer: Michael Petroni 
Buyer: Spitfire Pics./Vertigo Ent. 
Producer: Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Doug Davison, Roy Lee 
Logline: A supernatural thriller about two brothers who collide in a freak car accident and fall into comas, only for one to regain consciousness convinced he is married to his brother's wife.
Side Note: Intermedia is financing the project as part of Spitfire's non-exclusive, first look deal with the company. Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's Spitfire Pictures and Roy Lee and Doug Davison's Vertigo Entertainment are teaming up to the remake of KM Culture's Korean thriller Jungadok.


Labor Day 
Writer: Robert Schwentke, Mitch Brian 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Lauren Shuler Donner, Richard Donner, Steve Chasman, Mike Aguilar 
Logline: Centers on an ambitious assistant DA who lands the career-making job of prosecuting the son of an elusive crime lord. When the DA's pregnant wife is taken hostage by the crime lord, the prosecutor asks for help from his wife's ex-boyfriend, a Chinese gangster (Jet Li). This is risky not only because the DA's new ally is on the wrong side of the law, but also because the gangster still loves the wife and thinks that saving her life might help win her back. 
Side Note: Jet Li to star. Production on “Labor Day” is set to begin later this year. 


A Million Little Pieces 
Writer: James Frey 
Author: James Frey 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Six-figures/seven figures
Producer: Brad Grey, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, John Wells 
Logline: Story of the author's fight to beat drugs and alcohol.
Side Note: The author James Frey will adapt his own book. Plan B partners Brad Grey, Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston will produce along with John Wells.


Old School 2 
Buyer: Dreamworks/Montecito Pictures 
Producer: Tom Pollock, Ivan Reitman 
Side Note: Sequel to the hit film "Old School." Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn likely reprise their roles. 


Something In The Air 
Writer: David McGrath, John O'Driscoll 
Buyer: Maverick Films 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/mid-six
Producer: Guy Oseary, Daniel Rosenfeld, Paul Kewley 
Logline: Story concerns a sleepy Irish town that is revived when the smoke from a recently built Viagra plant begins to seep into the air and the lives of the townspeople.
Side Note: Maverick Films topper Mark Morgan will executive produce along with Barron Kidd. Script is being rewritten to change the locale from Ireland to the U.S.


Crimson Petal and the White 
Author: Michele Faber 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Purchase Price: Six figures/seven -figures
Producer: Curtis Hanson, Laura Ziskin 
Logline: Set in London during the 1860s, the story centers on a 19-year-old prostitute named Sugar. Her yearning for a better life begins to become a reality when she finds herself the secret mistress of a member of a powerful London family.
Side Note: Curtis Hanson will develop, produce and direct. Kirsten Dunst might star but no deal is set. Carol Fenelon will executive produce. 


Money Game 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Kenyatta Slade, Gail Huggins, Brian Oliver, Joseph Nittolo 
Logline: The Seven Samurai" meets "The Color of Money" set in the world of street hoops.
Side Note: Jamal Joseph has been hired to adapt the pitch. The project is being overseen at the studio by New Line production execs David Brewington and Richard Brener.


Untitled Alien Pitch 
Writer: J.C. Baldwin, Eric Anderson 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Producer: Carolyn Caldera, Jean Luc De Fanti 
Logline: An alien attack goes awry when the invaders discover life on Earth is nothing like what they imagined.
Side Note: Based on an untitled pitch by filmmakers J.C. Baldwin and Eric Anderson. Carolyn Caldera and Jean Luc De Fanti will produce the project through their production-management company Caldera/De Fanti Entertainment.


A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 
Writer: Dito Montiel 
Producer: Robert Downey Jr., Trudie Styler 
Logline: Dito Montiel's autobiography, tells of Dito's hardscrabble growing up in a rough Queens neighborhood in the '70s and '80s, his time as a Calvin Klein model and then as the lead singer of a punk band, Gutterboy.
Side Note: Robert Downey to star and produce along with Trudie Styler's Xingu Films. Production is set to begin in October.


Family Jewels 
Writer: Peter Ackerman 
Buyer: Paramount/Nickelodeon 
Logline: Centers on an orphaned rich girl who must choose between relatives who are fighting for custody of her while discovering that her chauffeur is also her best friend.
Side Note: The assignment will be to script the remake of the 1965 Jerry Lewis film. In the original film, Lewis played seven parts, including the chauffeur/bodyguard of a 9-year-old girl and the six uncles seeking to "adopt" her and her $30 million inheritance. Lewis played a circus clown, an airline pilot, a fashion photographer, a private detective and a gangster. The original script for the remake was penned by Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake.


Helium 
Writer: George Wing 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: David Heyman 
Logline: About a man who becomes lighter than air when he falls in love. He therefore avoids romance at all costs, but when he does succumb to the charms of a woman, he attempts to discover what it is about l'amour that makes him float about so.
Side Note: David Dobkin will direct. Loosely based on the book of the same name by U.K. novelist Tim Earnshaw.


Lone Wolf and Cub 
Writer: Darren Aronofsky 
Buyer: Paramount 
Producer: Darren Aronofsky, Eric Watson 
Logline: The story revolves around a disgraced 17th century samurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clear his family's name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has been killed.
Side Note: Assignment for Darren Aronofsky to develop and direct a live-action adaptation of "Lone Wolf and Cub," the Kazuo Koike-created graphic novel collection. Originated in Japan, the series has been published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics. The 28-volume series has sold 15 million copies worldwide.


Ralph 
Writer: Jordan Moffet 
Buyer: Universal/Imagine 
Producer: Brian Grazer 
Logline: About a black man who, tired of being made to feel invisible, makes a wish and winds up in a parallel world where he is the only man of his race in existence.
Side Note: Tim Story has signed on to direct and develop. No start date has been set. Eddie Murphy is said to have sparked to the script, though no offer has been made. The project is based loosely on an episode of the animated cartoon series "Pookie Poo" on Urban's Web site, www.urbanentertainment.com.


The Rivals 
Writer: Robin Swicord 
Buyer: DreamWorks 
Purchase Price: Seven-figures
Producer: Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks 
Logline: Drama about the catfight between 19th century stage stars Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. The French actress Bernhardt ruled the stages in the late 19th century, until the Italian-born Duse came along with youth and a more natural style. So heated was the diva competition that the actresses would play the same part in the same show on different nights, with critics and socialites turning out twice to compare. The rivalry carried over to romance and the social circle as well.
Side Note: This was a preemptive purchase was made personally by Steven Spielberg. He may direct. 

The Sailmaker 
Writer: John Brownlow 
Buyer: NatWest Financial Group 
Producer: Simon West, Jib Polhemus, Shimon Arama 
Logline: 19th century tale of a sea voyage in which a sailmaker must come to the rescue after a Spanish sea captain sinks into despair and alcoholism after the death of his wife.
Side Note: Simon West will direct. "Sailmaker" is expected to start shooting next summer in Australia, Malta and other locations. 


The Colonel and Me 
Writer: Bo Goldman 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Jerry Weintraub 
Logline: Story is about the mentoring influence that Elvis Presley manager Col. Tom Parker had on producer Jerry Weintraub.
Side Note: Barry Levinson is set to direct. 


Fantastic Four 
Writer: Mark Frost 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 
Producer: Michael Barnathan, Bernd Eichinger 
Logline: follows the adventure-seeking quartet of scientist Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic); his love interest, Susan Storm (the Invisible Girl); her brother, Johnny (the Human Torch); and Reed's best friend, Benjamin Grimm (the Thing). The four develop superpowers when the spaceship they're on is exposed to cosmic radiation; their arch nemesis is Dr. Doom, who turns out to be Reed's old college friend. 
Side Note: Peyton Reed will direct. Marvel Studios will produce for Fox. Fantastic Four was first published by Marvel Comics in 1962.


The Legendary McClouds 
Writer: Joe Ballarini 
Buyer: Paramount 
Logline: Set in 1904, story is about a family of adventurers as they journey across the globe in search of their lost father and a treasure.
Side Note: The deal is the second successful spec transaction for Ballarini, who sold The Spy Next Door to Dimension Films.


Onimusha 
Buyer: Gaga 
Producer: Samuel Hadida, Nick Marmo 
Logline: The film is set in 16th century Japan, where warlords are using the forces of darkness to rule the country. But a young warrior has to battle the evil.
Side Note: To be adapted from the bestselling video game from Capcom. Davis Films' Samuel Hadida ("Resident Evil") and Gaga Productions' Nick Marmo will produce. $50 million live-action adventure fantasy picture.


Untitled Shyamalan Project 
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Side Note: Second project in a two picture deal that the writer/director signed with Disney. The first is The Woods."


The Woods 
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Purchase Price: eight figures/gross participation
Producer: M. Knight Shyamalan, Scott Rudin, Sam Mercer 
Logline: Set in 1897, the movie centers around a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them.
Side Note: Ashton Kutcher, Kirsten Dunst and Joaquin Phoenix in talks to star. First of a two picture deal Shyamalan signed with the Walt Disney Co. Shooting in Philly for a summer 2004 release.


Paul Bunyan 
Writer: Michael Nickles, Julia Wall 
Buyer: Exodus Film Group/Masque Ent. 
Producer: John Eraklis, Tarquin Gotch, Steve Perry 
Logline: Story about Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox Babe, set in contemporary times.
Side Note: Live-action with CGI special effects. Michael Nickles willl direct. Tarquin Gotch will exec produce this $10 mil project which will shoot in the fall. Eddie Griffin will provide the voice for Babe the Blue Ox. Heather Graham is also in talks to join the cast. Masque Ent. has come aboard to co-produce and finance.


Taj Mahal 
Writer: Kamran Pasha 
Buyer: Warner Bros./Trilogy Ent. 
Producer: Pen Densham, John Watson, Neil Kaplan 
Logline: Taj Mahal and the timeless and tragic love story of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Side Note: Warner Bros. Will team with Trilogy Ent. to bring this project to the screen. The English language epic movie is being pitched as Gladiator meets The Last Emperor, according to Warner Brothers. 


Three Wives 
Buyer: Paramount/Tollin Robbins Prods. 
Producer: Amanda Klein, Michael Nash 
Logline: Three women from different social classes whose husbands disappear on New Year’s Eve after a bank robbery. The story is a journey of love and self-discovery as the trio travel to Argentina to find their errant spouses.
Side Note: English language remake of the Italian film "Tre Mogli". Amanda Klein and Michael Nash of Primal Pictures will produce. Writers and a director will only be attached after the deal is closed. 


Y: The Last Man 
Author: Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra 
Buyer: New Line 
Producer: Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Mason Novick, David Goyer 
Logline: Story of Yorick Brown, a twenty-something amateur escape artist who appears to be the sole human male survivor of a mysterious plague that instantly killed every other male mammal with a Y chromosome on the planet. Even more enigmatic is that a male monkey named Ampersand, whom Yorick was in the process of training for disabled people, also survived the plaque unscathed. As the world's nations struggle to bury the billions left dead and rebuild society, powerful and dangerous groups learn of Yorick and Ampersand's existence and seek to capture the last two males on the planet -- or finish the job that the plaque started.
Side Note: David Goyer might adapt the comic book. Co-created by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra and published by DC Comics' creator-owned Vertigo imprint.


Brides 
Writer: Ioanna Karystiani 
Buyer: Greek Film Center 
Producer: Barbara De Fina, Terry Douglas 
Logline: Set in 1922, the largely English-language pic is the story of a mail-order bride -- one of 700 aboard the SS King Alexander -- who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.
Side Note: Martin Scorsese and Barbara De Fina's company Cappa Prods. will produce. Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris will direct. Damian Lewis will star.


Solomon Kane 
Writer: David Jung, Steve Dandois
Author: Robert E. Howard 
Buyer: Davis Films/Wandering Star 
Producer: Samuel Hadida, Paul Berrow, Michael Berrow 
Logline: Takes place in North America in the 1700s, hero Kane takes on deadly human forces as he seeks revenge against the sorcerer who destroyed his family.
Side Note: Based on a character from Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard. Don Murphy, Gregg Hoffman, Paul and Michael Berrow to produce. Samuel Hadida and the U.K. Wandering Star will also produce. 


Dead To Rights 
Writer: Kevin Brodbin 
Buyer: Saturn Films diBonaventura Prods. 
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nicolas Cage, Norm Golightly 
Logline: The story centers on Jack Slate, a disgraced cop who is intent on discovering who murdered his father.
Side Note: Cage will also be producing the picture with his Saturn Pictures partner Norm Golightly, and they will begin pitching the project to studios immediately. Screenwriter Kevin Brodbin will make the pitch and likely write the script.


Nine Bastards 
Writer: Fred Wolf 
Buyer: Columbia Pics. 
Purchase Price: $750k/low-seven figures
Producer: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler 
Logline: Orphan grows up to become a multi-millionaire. He's annoyed to hear that a sister he never knew he had has died, and he's become the legal guardian of her nine kids. The millionaire must give them the "My Fair Lady" treatment to instill some manners, at the least. The little bastards grow on him, even as his work suffers.
Side Note: Adam Sandler and his partner at Happy Madison, Jack Giarraputo will produce. 


Pennsbury 
Writer: Anthony Jaswinski 
Author: Michael Bamberger 
Buyer: Paramount 
Logline: The project will chronicle a year in the life of the seniors at Pennsbury High School, a public school outside of Philadelphia known for staging the ultimate prom every spring.
Side Note: MTV Films and Tollin/Robbins will produce for Paramount. 


Fever Pitch 
Writer: Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz 
Buyer: Twentieth Century Fox 2000 
Producer: Alan Greenspan, Amanda Posey 
Logline: Statistics-obsessed math teacher uses his summers to follow the Boston Red Sox. Complications arise when he meets a women and must choose between her or "his team."
Side Note: The film is a remake of the FilmFour feature, a 1997 British adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel have been hired to Americanize the tale and change the focus from soccer to baseball, specifically the repeated frustrations of being a fan of the Boston Red Sox. Brian Robbins will direct.


Five Children and It 
Writer: David Solomon 
Buyer: Capitol Films/Creature Shop 
Producer: Lisa Henson, Nick Hirschkorn 
Logline: It's the story of five siblings who are sent to stay with their uncle (Branagh) in a strange house by the sea. While exploring, they dig up an ill-tempered 8,000-year-old Psammead, or sand fairy, voiced by Izzard, who grants them one wish a day. But the consequences are never quite what the children intend.
Side Note: The film, budgeted at approximately $22 million, will blend live action with computer graphics in a modern-day retelling of the original book, which was set in 1902. Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard and Freddie Highmore will star. Jim Henson's Creature Shop has been tapped to create a radio-controlled model for It.


Miss Potter 
Writer: Richard Maltby Jr. 
Buyer: Phoenix Pics. 
Producer: Mike Medavoy, David Kirschner, Corey Sienega 
Logline: Explores the love, loss and struggle for independence of Beatrix Potter, the young spinster who overcame a domineering mother and chauvinism of Victorian England to become a bestselling author.
Side Note: Cate Blanchette to star. To be directed by Bruce Beresford. Live-action and CGI. The film has been written by Richard Maltby Jr and will be produced by Phoenix chief Mike Medavoy, David Kirschner and Corey Sienega.


Sleepwalker 
Writer: Nick Kazan, Doug Wright 
Buyer: Intermedia Films 
Producer: Mark Johnson, Louis DiGiaimo 
Logline: Centers on a middle-aged architect living happily with his wife and two children. One morning, however, he wakes up to discover that his entire family has disappeared. Fearing that his sleepwalking is the cause of the tragedy, he straps a video camera to his shoulder hoping to replicate the situation and solve a mystery that gets more complicated as a result. 
Side Note: This is a remake of a Swedish/Norwegian production which was written by Johan Brannstrom. Richard Gere is negotiating to star. 


Modigliani
Writer: Mick Davis 
Buyer: Bauer Martinez Studios 
Producer: Andre Djaoui, Phillipe Martinez, Alan Latham 
Logline: Last days and last love of the artist as well as the untold story about the bitter rivalry between him and Picasso.
Side Note: Andy Garcia will star for director Mick Davis who also wrote the script. Production will take place in Romania. $12 mil. budget.


Atlas Shrugged 
Writer: James V. Hart 
Buyer: Crusader Ent. 
Logline: The story is set in a near-future United States whose economy is collapsing because of the inexplicable disappearance of the country's leading innovators and industrialists and the growth of arbitrary power on the part of its politicians. 
Side Note: Book was first published in 1957. John Alialoro will exec produce. 


Wonder Woman 
Writer: Philip Levins 
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Producer: Joel Silver, Leonard Goldberg 
Logline: Adventures and exploits of the female superhero based on the DC comic book.
Side Note: Philip Levins will write a new version of the script. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Lopez are being considered for the title role. A director has yet to be named.

 

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 will adapt the screenplay. Flick will be CGI animated. Twin brothers Paul and Gaetan Brizzi will direct.


It's Not You, It's Me 
Writer: Josh Sternin, Jeff Ventimilia 
Buyer: Paramount/De Line Pictures 
Producer: Donald De Line 
Logline: A woman readies her ex for the next relationship. Once she transforms him into an ideal catch and sets him up in a relationship, she realizes she should have hung on to him.


Jingle Belle
Author: Paul Dini 
Buyer: Revolution Studios 
Producer: Steve Tisch, Gary Goodman 
Logline: Centers on Santa's rebellious teenaged daughter who has had enough of the North Pole, goes off on her own, inadvertently triggering a sequence of events that puts Christmas in jeopardy.
Side Note: Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison partner, Jack Giarraputo will exec produce. Revolution is seeking a writer to adapt the novel.


The Lone Ranger 
Writer: David Peoples, Janet Peoples 
Buyer: Columbia Pics./Red Wagon Prods. 
Producer: Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick, David Fanning 
Logline: The film is expected to remain in the classic Western genre, albeit with a new take on the characters of the Lone Ranger, his horse Silver and trusty companion Tonto.
Side Note: Screenplay to be based on the TV show from the 1950s.


Open Season 
Writer: Nat Mauldin 
Buyer: Sony Pictures Animation 
Producer: Chris Jenkins 
Logline: Tells the story of what happens in the wild when the animals scheme to turn the tables on the hunters.
Side Note: Treatment was written by cartoonist Steve Moore and producer John Carls. They will develop the project with Sony's Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins and Nate Hopper. It will be turned into a computer-animated film. Jill Culton will direct and Anthony Stacchi will co-direct this comedy adventure. 


Secrets of the Trade 
Writer: Dana Stevens 
Buyer: Paramount/De Line Pictures 
Producer: Donald De Line 
Logline: Story is about a female newspaper correspondent covering a potentially volatile conflict abroad.
Side Note: Assignment for Dana Stevens. It is based on a treatment by journalist David Ignatius.


The Wendell Baker Story 
Writer: Luke Wilson 
Buyer: Franchise Pictures 
Producer: Mark Johnson 
Logline: Story is about a good-hearted ex-con schemer who goes straight and gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he helps them battle hotel corruption led by the head nurse.
Side Note: Luke Wilson has drafted his actor brother Andrew to co-direct and brother Owen Wilson to co-star with him in the film to be shot this fall in Austin. Eva Mendes looms likely as his love interest, and Mark Johnson will produce.


The Ant Bully 
Writer: John Davis 
Author: John Nickle 
Buyer: Warner Bros. Playtone 
Producer: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman 
Logline: After soaking an ant colony with a water pistol, a little boy is shrunk down to the size of an ant and must do hard time in the colony. There he learns the value of teamwork as he tries to return to normal size.
Side Note: Picture book published in 1999 by Scholastic. Tom Hanks' company Playtone will produce this CGI animated feature for Universal. John Davis came aboard to adapt the book into a movie. 


Chasing Fate 
Writer: Mark Famiglietti, Lane Garrison 
Buyer: Maverick Films 
Producer: Zachary Feuer, Sunil Perkash 
Logline: A man plagued by misfortune after he breaks up with a girl, must learn the art of romance to win her back.
Side Note: Screenwriters are also actors.


House of 1000 Corpses Sequel 
Writer: Rob Zombie 
Buyer: Lions Gate Films 
Producer: Beau Flynn, Andy Gould 
Logline: First movie followed two young couples on a misguided tour onto the backroads of America, in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan, who are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics.
Side Note: Rocker Rob Zombie will write and direct this sequel to his first film. The film is aiming for a Fall start and an April 2004 release, to coincide with the one year anniversary of the original. 


Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 
Writer: Robert Gordon 
Author: Daniel Handler 
Buyer: Paramount/Dreamworks 
Producer: Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes, Albie Hecht, Julie Pistor 
Logline: Story is about the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny and the evil Count Olaf, who has designs on their considerable inheritance
Side Note: Robert Gordon has come along to rewrite the Daniel Handler script. Brad Silberling will direct. Carrey will play the villainous Count Olaf.


Mr. Id 
Writer: Mike Bernier, Chris Pappas 
Buyer: Revolution Studios 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures
Producer: Zen Gesner, Rob Moran 
Logline: Centers on a bachelor who meets the woman of his dreams only to see his male libido come to life and fight to keep him single.
Side Note: Kris Meyer will exec produce. Todd Garner from Revolution brought the project in.



Newlywed Feds 
Writer: Adam Epstein, Andrew Jacobson 
Buyer: Lions Gate Films 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures
Producer: Chris Bender, J.C. Spink 
Logline: Follows two FBI agents who, despite hating each other, are forced to pose as newlyweds in order to bring down a crime ring. Through the course of their ruse, the agents fall in love.
Side Note: The project is being produced by Benderspink and overseen for the studio by Marc Butan. 


The Runelords 
Writer: Terry Kahn 
Author: David Wolverton 
Buyer: Story Island Ent. Group/Origin Ent./Ent. Business Group 
Producer: David Wolverton, David McBrayer, Richard Shaw, Rob Holt, John Lee Jr. 
Logline: The young Runelord Gaborn, struggles to define his role in the world while keeping his commitments to himself, to his people, to the woman he loves, and to the earth itself.
Side Note: Series of books to be developed into a feature film and video game. The film is being readied for a fall 2004 theatrical release.


The Spider and the Fly 
Writer: Bradley Peyton 
Author: Mary Howitt 
Buyer: Universal/Playtone Co. 
Producer: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman 
Logline: Young fly who gets flattered by a spider who tries to charm her into joining him in the spider web. Does he mean those compliments, or is he just hungry?
Side Note: Bradley Peyton will write and direct. Based on a 1829 poem that is in the public domain.


Superstition 
Writer: Kimball Greenough, Alex Sokoloff 
Buyer: Radar Pics./New Line 
Producer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller 
Logline: A college psychology experiment goes awry when students' superstitions accidentally create a ghost.
Side Note: This is a co-production between Radar Pictures and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. Ted Field from Radar will exec produce.


Hergatory 
Writer: Susan Brightbill
Buyer: Warner Bros. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures
Logline: Described as a high-concept romantic comedy about a 30-year-old woman who has been unlucky in love. One day, she makes a wish to go back and re-date her old boyfriends, and it comes true. The wish becomes a curse, however, when she suddenly finds her exes coming back in to her life one by one, but at the ages they were when she dated them, including an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old who is trying to get to second base. During the course of the dates, she finds true love with the one person she least expected.


Let Me Take You Down 
Writer: John Ridley 
Buyer: Lions Gate Films 
Producer: John Ridley, Michael Jenkinson 
Logline: L.A. coroner's office "bagger" teams up with a prostitute to help him solve the murder of a young woman which has many similarities to the 1947 Black Dahlia case in L.A.
Side Note: Ridley will produce through his newly formed International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation (Radio Pictures), along with Michael Jenkinson of Urban Entertainment. Radio Pictures' Marit Weisenberg will co-produce and Lions Gate's executive vice president Marc Butan will oversee production for the studio.


St. Louis Blues 
Writer: Paige Cameron 
Buyer: Firecracker Films 
Producer: Paige Cameron, Mary Ann Rounseville 
Logline: Set in New Orleans, story is about Louis Armstrong's rags-to-riches life and his influence on Jazz.
Side Note: Sean Patrick Thomas will portray Louis Armstrong for Firecracker Films. Paige Camerson wrote the script, co-owns Firecracker Films and will direct. David Foster will oversee and produce the film's soundtrack album.


The Waiting 
Writer: Juliet Snowden, Stiles Eliot White 
Buyer: Dimension Films/Craven-Maddalena Films 
Producer: Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena 
Logline: A mother is haunted by her dead child.
Side Note: Craven-Maddalena Films has a first-look deal with Dimension.


Justice Deferred 
Author: Len Williams 
Buyer: Warner Bros./Maguire Ent. 
Purchase Price: Low-six figures/mid-six
Producer: Tobey Maguire, Sergio Aguero 
Logline: Redemption story about a guy who is wrongly convicted and is sent to prison under Alabama's three strikes law. In prison he schools himself on the law, escapes, then becomes a lawyer to put away corrupt cops such as the ones who framed him into serving a long prison sentence.
Side Note: Tobey Maguire will produce through his company Maguire Films along with Sergio Aguero of Three Monkeys Ent. Elia Infascelli-Smith will exec produce with Mark Ross, who runs Maguire's company. Maguire isn't expected to star.


The Matador 
Writer: Richard Shepard 
Buyer: Stratus Film Co. 
Producer: Beau St. Clair, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst 
Logline: A hit man has a breakdown while on assignment in Mexico City. There, he crosses paths with an ordinary, married businessman from Denver with problems of his own.
Side Note: Pierce Brosnan will star in this $20 mil. - $25 mil. film financed by Stratus Film Co. and produced by Brosnan's Irish Dreamtime and Furst Films. New York-based filmmaker Richard Shepard will write and direct.


Tragic Indifference 
Author: Adam Pennenberg 
Buyer: Warner Bros./Furthur Films/78 Ent. 
Logline: Story is about a lawsuit brought by attorney Tab Turner against the Ford and Firestone corporations for negligence in connection with SUV rollovers and defective tires. It will concentrate on the case of a woman who became a quadriplegic after one such rollover.
Side Note: To star Michael Douglas. His company, Furthur Films will co-produce with New York-based company 78 Entertainment. Book deal was handled by Endeavor. Rights to the attorney and the woman's story were also purchased. Furthur Films is looking for a screenwriter and a director.


What You Wish For 
Writer: Eric McCormack 
Buyer: Walt Disney Pics. 
Producer: Hawk Koch Jr. 
Logline: About a Midwestern husband and wife who think they're happily married -- until a chance for an affair with a favorite celebrity crops up. 
Side Note: Eric McCormack of Will & Grace to write, direct and star in. It is based on an idea by his wife, Jane Holden. McCormack got the directing assignment based on a short film he made for $80k.


Bringing Down The House 2 
Writer: Jason Filardi 
Buyer: Mandeville 
Producer: David Hoberman, Ashok Amritraj 
Logline: Sequel to the hit film.
Side Note: Assignment for Jason Filardi who wrote the original.


The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud 
Author: Ben Sherwood 
Buyer: Universal 
Purchase Price: Mid-six figures/seven-figures
Producer: Marc Platt 
Logline: Cemetery caretaker feels that his brother's accidental death was his fault. After he meets a young woman believed to be missing in a sailing accident, and becomes romantically involved with her, he wonders if she is an apparition on the way to the next life.
Side Note: To be published by Bantam. The novelist Ben Sherwood will serve as exec producer. 


Grease 3 
Buyer: Paramount 
Producer: Marcy Carsey, Laurence Mark, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach 
Logline: New flick will take place in the 70's and use many of the characters seen in the previous two movies.
Side Note: Laurence Mark Prods. and Carsey-Werner-Mandabach's newly formed feature film division will produce for Paramount. A screenwriter is being sought. Didi Conn, who played Frenchy, will executive produce. Producers are hoping that John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will play significant roles in the sequel, most likely parents of the new kids.


Untitled Knoxville Project 
Buyer: Paramount
Producer: Art Linson, John Linson, Johnny Knoxville 
Logline: About a pair of hot dog vendors who battle over a prime street corner. 
Side Note: Based on an idea by Johnny Knoxville who will star and produce. Jerry Stahl is negotiating to write the screenplay. 


Slow Burn 
Writer: Wayne Beach 
Buyer: GreeneStreet Films 
Producer: John Penotti, Sidney Kimmel, Bonnie Timmerman, Tim Williams 
Logline: A politically ambitious district attorney and a powerful gang leader in a 24-hour showdown, are being manipulated by a beautiful assistant DA and an enigmatic stranger.
Side Note: GreeneStreet Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will co-finance. Ray Liotta will co-executive produce and star. LL Cool J will also star. Screenplay was based on a story by Wayne Beach and Anthony Walton. Beach will make his directing debut. 

 

 

 

 

 
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