Welcome to Script Sales. Here's where you'll be able to hear about new projects just bought, pitched or greenlit. Now you can know what's going on years before the movies hit the theaters....
- Paramount Pictures greenlighted the Abdurahman Khadr Story, based on the life of Abdurahman Khadr. A young boy is raised in Osama Bin Laden's Afghanistan compound but ultimately becomes a CIA informant. Khadr's life rights were optioned in January 2005. Keir Pearson, who wrote Hotel Rwanda penned the script. A Man Apart's Vincent Newman will produce. A good story with a solid writer on board, this is one to keep an eye on.
- DreamWorks bought the rights to Lois Duncan's novel Hotel for Dogs which follows a teenager who secretly fills a vacant house with stray dogs after she moves in with her aunt and has to leave her best friend behind. Duncan, who also wrote the novels that spawned the I Know What You Did Last Summer series, will also write the screenplay adaption. Doesn't sound too promising to me.
Warner Bros. Pictures bought Fort Knox based on a pitch by Charles Segar, the man who wrote the story for National Treasure. The script written by Ron Brinkerhoff,
follows a team of specialists who are hired to break in to the
impenetrable Fort Knox. Brinkerhoff wrote the horrible 2002 Australian
film D-Tox. Basil Iwanyk's Thunder
Road Pictures and Charles Segars will produce the action-heist film which was first set up in March 2005. I liked National Treasure but I'm not too sure about this one.
- Lucky Elliot & Redbus signed Splinter Cell video game writer J.T. Petty to rewrite the Horror script Storage. Terror stalks an underground storage facility, where the only hope of salvation may just mean a fate worse than death. Chris Denne and Matt Winn wrote the original spec script. Lucky Elliot’s James Gay-Rees and Redbus’ Zygi Kamasa & Simon Franks will produce. May-be it's just me, but I don't trust rewrites, especially when they're done by video game writers.