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Spec Script Sale: “I’m In Love With The DJ”

Sony Pictures acquires comedy spec script “I’m In Love With The DJ” written by Lauryn Kahn. From Deadline:

The new deal is for an R-rated comedy is about a girl whose two best friends tag along on her work trip to Spain that quickly turns into a crazy hunt for a hot DJ through the electronic dance music scene. Kahn is the young writer who, after spending four years as McKay’s assistant and honing her writing skills scripting, performing and directing numerous shorts for the Funny Or Die, sold the script He’s Fuckin’ Perfect to Fox 2000 for $1 million against $1.5 million. That film, now titled The Social Life, moved to Universal with Jake Syzmanski directing Amanda Seyfried and Rebel Wilson, with Gary Sanchez producing.

Kahn (@YouDonKnowMe) is repped by WME.

By my count, this is the 25th spec script sale in 2014.

There were 29 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Yellowstone Falls”

QED acquires action drama spec script “Yellowstone Falls” written by Daniel Kunka. From Deadline:

This script is unusual in that it was 52 pages, with few human characters and essentially no dialogue. The action begins after an apocalyptic event that saps the humanity from most of the mutated humans that remain. At its core, it’s the story of a mother wolf, separated from her mate as the rest of the pack flees to safety, is forced to defend her cubs from the oncoming swarm. It sounds like those spare nature-based movies Jean Jacques Annaud makes, with a little genre thrown in. Telling a story like this with almost no dialogue is a real creative challenge, but movies like Gravity and Life Of Pi sounded shaky, too. This will certainly be different.

This story sounds awesome, yet another example of so-called screenwriting ‘rules’ trampled by a writer willing to take chances and let his creativity rule the decision-making process.

Bidding war resulted in a deal reported to be six figures against near seven-figures.

Kunka is repped by ICM and Madhouse Entertainment.

For my June 2013 interview with Daniel, go here.

By my count, this is the 24th spec script sale of 2014.

There were 28 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

UPDATE: From Daniel via Twitter:

Spec Script Sale: “The Garden at the End of the Earth”

Warner Bros. acquires science fiction thriller spec script “The Garden at the End of the Earth” written by Gary Graham. From TheWrap:

Story follows a reclusive engineer who attempts to save our dying planet by growing trees in what is now a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He must also protect an abused girl from men who are hunting her.

This is a first-time sale for Graham.

Graham is repped by CAA and Energy Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 23rd spec script sale in 2014.

There were 25 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.

Spec Script Sale: “Padre”

Screen Gems acquires drama spec script “Padre” written by Mike Maples. From Deadline:

A priest, trying to atone for his bloody past as a special ops soldier, witnesses the brutal murder of members from his congregation by a malevolent Sheriff and his deputies. Tortured and left for dead in the desert, he survives. Then, he faces a crisis of conscience and the dawning realization that his past military training and three tours in Afghanistan may have been preparation for what his soul and his heart tell him is right. From there it goes all bad for the crooked cops.

Maples is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.

By my count, this is the 22nd spec script sale of 2014

There were 25 spec script sales year-to-date in 2013.