April 2011 Spec Market Roundup

The spec market saw solid numbers again in April, even if they didn’t quite live up to March’s mammoth month-end. In addition to the overall positive performance, here are the high order bits worth mulling this weekend: • Four different companies were involved with two spec sales in April. On the sellers’ side, Energy, Paradigm and WME each sold two scripts. Across the table, 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 three new studios: Dimension, New Line and Relativity. That’s the first spec purchase for Dimension since April 2009, and the first spec purchase for New Line 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 the game; Meg Ryan’s attached to her hypothetical directorial debut; and specs from 2009 and 2010 found homes. Plus, you know the spec market is perking up when a studio agrees to buy a Western. Stay classy, Hollywood. April 2011 38 9 23.7% 1 Action 2 Comedies 2 Dramas 1 Horror 1 Sci-fi 1 Thriller 1 Western April 2010 46 12 26.1% 3 Action/ Adventure 3 Comedies 1 Drama 1 Sci-Fi 4 Thrillers April 2009 46 11 23.9% 2 Action/ Adventure 4 Comedies 1 Sci-Fi/Fantasy 4 Thriller

New Specs Number Sold1 Percent Sold2

Genres Sold

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.

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Weekly Activity Breakdown Week of April 4: • 8 scripts hit the tracking boards, none of which sold. • 4 additional sales were reported (“Bait and Switch,” “Hoof Harrington’s Greatest 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 Action Comedy,” “The Greys” and “Ness/Capone”) Genre Breakdown* Genre Total Sold % Sold Action/Adventure 7 0 (+1) 0% Comedy 11 2 18% Drama 2 0 (+2) 0% Horror 3 1 33% Fantasy 1 0 0% Sci-Fi 2 1 50% Thriller 12 1 8% Western 0 0 (+1) 0%
*April’s numbers only; sales from previous months are in parentheses.

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Spec Sales (alphabetical by title) Bait and Switch Writer: Matthew J. O’Neill Reps: Innovative (Jim Stein, Michael Pio), Smart Entertainment (John Jacobs) Buyer: Universal Genre: Action comedy Attachments: Stuber Pictures’ Scott Stuber will produce with Mark Wahlberg, Leverage Management’s Stephen Levinson and Smart’s John Jacobs. Smart’s Zac Unterman will executive produce. Notes: Wahlberg is reportedly considering starring in the film as well. Untitled Greenfield/Thomas Action Comedy Writers: Luke Greenfield & Nicholas Thomas Reps: APA and CAA Buyer: Fox Genre: Action comedy Attachments: Greenfield (“Something Borrowed”) will direct and produce through his WideAwake banner along with Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood. The Greys Writer: Adam Cohen Reps: 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 on board to direct. Notes: Script originally went out in January. Hoof Harrington’s Greatest Hits Writer: Dutch Southern Reps: UTA (Tobin Babst) and Energy Entertainment (Adam Marshall, Angelina Chen, Brooklyn Weaver) Buyer: 1984 Films Genre: Action Attachments: 1984‘s Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna will produce. Notes: Script originally went out in October 2010.
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Into the Beautiful Writer: Anne Meredith Reps: WME (Adriana Alberghetti) and Brillstein Entertainment Partners Buyer: Wendy Finerman Productions Genre: Drama Attachments: Wendy Finerman and Natalie Marciano will produce Meg Ryan’s directorial debut. Notes: Lisa Zupan will oversee for Finerman. Script originally went out in January 2009. Lust Writer: Joe Eszterhas Reps: ICM (Bruce Kaufman) and Baumgarten Management (Craig Baumgarten) Buyer: Stone Village Pictures Genre: Thriller Attachments: Peter Fruchtman will produce alongside Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff. Steindorff colleagues Dylan Russell and Scott Lastaiti will executive produce, as will Baumgarten’s Craig Baumgarten. Ness/Capone Writer: Grant Pierce Myers Reps: The Gotham Group (Jeremy Bell) Buyer: Relativity Genre: Drama Attachments: Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nuannri, Virgin Produced’s Jason Felts and Rene Rigal and Gotham’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell are all aboard to produce. The Watching Hour Writer: Shane and Carey Van Dyke Reps: Paradigm and Mad Hatter (Michael Connolly) Buyer: New Line Genre: Horror Attachments: Connolly will produce through Mad Hatter alongside Mary Parent, through her newly named, Paramount-based Disruption Entertainment.

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Wild Guns Writer: T.S. Nowlin Reps: WME (Daniel Cohan, Mike Esola) and Energy Entertainment (Adam Marshall, Brooklyn Weaver) Buyer: Warner Bros. Genre: Western Attachments: Gianni Nunnari will produce through his Warners-based Hollywood Gang Productions. About The Scoggins Report: 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. The numbers in the reports are by no means official statistics. Past editions of The Scoggins Report can be found in the archives of The Business of Show Institute (http://bit.ly/2HRZ67) and will soon have a beautiful new home on www.theWrap.com. 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 IOTG Blog has a new home on the site: www.ItsontheGrid.com/news It includes daily highlights of recent database updates and individual posts on every spec that hits the market. You’ll find buttons to subscribe to the blog’s feed right where you’d expect them, and you can follow the site’s Twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/itsonthegrid. About Scoggins: Jason Scoggins is the Chief Product Officer of www.theWrap.com and General Manager of www.ItsontheGrid.com, the aforementioned film industry database he founded. Scoggins also remains the principal at Eureka Canyon, a literary management company through which he represents writers, directors and producers for feature films and television.

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