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Scoggins Report - May 6 2011 - April Spec Market Roundup Final

Scoggins Report - May 6 2011 - April Spec Market Roundup Final

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Published by Jason Scoggins
"The Scoggins Report" is a terribly unscientific analysis of the feature film development business based on information assembled from a variety of public and non-public sources. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive spec market data and active film development information.
"The Scoggins Report" is a terribly unscientific analysis of the feature film development business based on information assembled from a variety of public and non-public sources. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive spec market data and active film development information.

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April 2011 Spec Market Roundup
The spec market saw solid numbers again in April, even if they didn’t quite live up toMarch’s mammoth month-end. In addition to the overall positive performance, here arethe high order bits worth mulling this weekend:Four different companies were involved with two spec sales in April. On thesellers’ side,
Energy
,
Paradigm
and
WME
each sold two scripts. Across thetable,
Hollywood Gang
convinced two different studios (
Relativity
and
Warner Bros.
) to make purchases on its behalf.April saw six buyers that hadn’t bought scripts previously in 2011, including threenew studios:
Dimension
,
New Line
and
Relativity
. That’s the first specpurchase for Dimension since April 2009, and the first spec purchase for NewLine since we began tracking closely at the beginning of 2009.There are plenty of other Easter Eggs buried below, too: Joe Eszterhas is back in thegame; Meg Ryan’s attached to her hypothetical directorial debut; and specs from 2009and 2010 found homes. Plus, you know the spec market is perking up when a studioagrees to buy a Western.Stay classy, Hollywood.
 
April 2011
April 2010April 2009New Specs
38
4646Number Sold
1
9
1211Percent Sold
2
23.7%
26.1%23.9%Genres Sold
1 Action2 Comedies2 Dramas1 Horror 1 Sci-fi1 Thriller 1 Western
3 Action/Adventure3 Comedies1 Drama1 Sci-Fi4 Thrillers2 Action/Adventure4 Comedies1 Sci-Fi/Fantasy4 Thriller  
1 This number is a tally of every script that sold in April.2 This number only takes into account scripts that came out and sold in April.
The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan Spec Market Roundup - April 2011 - Mary 5, 2011Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Page 1
 
Weekly Activity BreakdownWeek of April 4:
8 scripts hit the tracking boards, none of which sold.
4 additional sales were reported (“
Bait and Switch
,” “
Hoof Harrington’sGreatest Hits
,” “
Into the Beautiful,
” and “
Lust
”)
Week of April 11:
7 scripts hit the boards, none of which sold.
Week of April 18 (Passover):
9 scripts hit the boards, none of which sold.
Week of April 25 (Easter):
13 scripts hit the tracking boards, 1 of which sold (“
The Watching Hour 
”)
3 additional sales were reported (“
Untitled Greenfield/Thomas ActionComedy
,” “
The Greys
” and “
Ness/Capone
”)
Genre Breakdown
*
 
 
GenreTotalSold% Sold
Action/Adventure70
(+1)
0%Comedy11218%Drama20
(+2)
0%Horror3133%Fantasy100%Sci-Fi2150%Thriller1218%Western00
(+1)
0%
*April’s numbers only; sales from previous months are in parentheses.
The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan Spec Market Roundup - April 2011 - Mary 5, 2011Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Page
 
Spec Sales (alphabetical by title)Bait and Switch
Writer: Matthew J. O’NeillReps:
Innovative
(Jim Stein, Michael Pio),
Smart Entertainment
(John Jacobs)Buyer:
Universal
Genre: Action comedyAttachments:
Stuber Pictures
’ Scott Stuber will produce with
Mark Wahlberg
,
Leverage Management
’s
 
Stephen Levinson and Smart’s John Jacobs. Smart’s ZacUnterman will executive produce.Notes: Wahlberg is reportedly considering starring in the film as well.
Untitled Greenfield/Thomas Action Comedy
Writers: Luke Greenfield & Nicholas ThomasReps:
APA
and
CAA
Buyer:
Fox
Genre: Action comedyAttachments: Greenfield (“Something Borrowed”) will direct and produce through his
WideAwake
banner along with
Genre Films
’ Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.
The Greys
Writer: Adam CohenReps:
Paradigm
(Scott Henderson) and
Evolution Entertainment
(Evan Corday,Stephen Gates)Buyer:
Dimension
Genre: Sci-fi thriller Attachments: Bryan and Sean Furst will produce through their 
Furst Films
along with
Radar Pictures
’ Ted Field and Mike Weber. F. Javier Guttierez (“Before the Fall”) is onboard to direct.Notes: Script originally went out in January.
Hoof Harrington’s Greatest Hits
Writer: Dutch SouthernReps:
UTA
(Tobin Babst) and
Energy Entertainment
(Adam Marshall, Angelina Chen,Brooklyn Weaver)Buyer:
1984 Films
Genre: ActionAttachments: 1984‘s Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna will produce.Notes: Script originally went out in October 2010.
The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan Spec Market Roundup - April 2011 - Mary 5, 2011Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Page 3

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