In a competitive bidding, Sony Pictures acquires horror spec script “The Bringing” written by Brandon Murphy and Philip Murphy. From Deadline:
The spec’s basis is on a woman, Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. That’s the place that killers like Richard Ramirez called home at one time or another, and where suicides have occurred. Footage of Lam’s bizarre, inexplicable behavior in an elevator before her death became a massive Internet sensation, and this has been turned into the story of the man investigating her death, and the nightmare he stumbles into.
Here is the video:
Currently over 4 millions views. Already a viral dynamic built into the storyline.
The Murphy siblings are repped by WME and Mosaic.
By my count, this is the 11th spec script sales of 2014.
There were 11 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.
Sony Pictures acquires action thriller spec script “Shadow Run” written by Joe Gazzam. From THR:
The action is put in motion when a viral attack puts lives in danger, forcing a CIA agent to enact a secret prisoner exchange of Russia’s most notorious spy for the American scientist who can create a cure.
It has been described by one source as “Safe House on a plane.”
The deal is for a reported high six figures.
Gazzam is repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment.
By my count, this is the 9th spec script sale of 2014.
There were 8 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.
Universal acquires crime drama spec script “Mena” written by Gary Spinelli. From Deadline:
The spec is a fact-based tale about Barry Seal, a portly pilot who, in the 1980s, was a 300-pound gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. He was eventually shot to death by the latter in Baton Rouge. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, where a lot of the illegal activity took place, under the noses of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.
The deal is for a reported $1 million plus a blind script commitment with Sony also a bidder. Ron Howard is attached to direct, Brian Grazer to produce.
Spinelli is repped by Gersh.
By my count, this is 8th spec script sale this year.
There were 7 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.