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Old 02-01-2007, 07:54 AM   #1
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Default It is a HOT spec season!

Remember we were hearing the rumors that spec sales will rise in fear of an impending strike.

Well, check out today's sales...

Title: Invaders
Logline: A group of thieves are forced by a rogue U.S. government agent to retrieve a video of the president having sex with the wife of an Arab sheik.
Writer: Jayson Rothwell
Agent: Trevor Astbury
Agency: Paradigm (LA)
Mngmnt Firm: Zero Gravity
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Prod. Co: Thunder Road Films Pierce/Williams
Genre: Action Thriller
Logged: 2/1/2007
More: Spec. Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk and Pierce/Williams' Mark Williams & Michael Pierce will produce.


Title: Nottingham
Logline: Story of Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, but in this take Robin Hood is less virtuous and the sheriff more noble than thought. There is also a love triangle between Robin Hood, the sheriff and Maid Marion.
Writer: Ethan Reiff Cyrus Voris
Agent: Ramses Ishak Ramses Ishak
Agency: William Morris Agency William Morris Agency
Manager: Jeff Field Jeff Field
Mngmnt Firm: Field Entertainment Field Entertainment
Lawyer: David Feldman David Feldman
Law Firm: Bloom Hergott Deimer Rosenthal & LaViolette, LLP Bloom Hergott Deimer Rosenthal & LaViolette, LLP
Studio: Universal Pictures
Prod. Co: Imagine Entertainment
Price: Seven Figures
Genre: Action Adventure
Logged: 2/1/2007
More: Spec, part of a bidding battle. Imagine's Brian Grazer will produce. Russell Crowe will star.


Title: Wonder Woman
Logline: Story of the super-heroine set against the backdrop of WWII.
Writer: Matthew Jennison Brent Strickland
Mngmnt Firm: Underground Management Underground Management
Lawyer: David Fox David Fox
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Prod. Co: Silver Pictures
Genre: Action Adventure
Logged: 2/1/2007
More: Spec. Warners & Silver Pictures are currently developing another Wonder Woman script with writer Joss Whedon, but sources say that purchasing this new spec is a pre-emptive measure to take the spec off the market in order to protect themselves.



So, there you have it.
And by the way...congrats to ZERO GRAVITY for their sale.
I know at least one of my friends on this board is repped by them.

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Old 02-01-2007, 02:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: It is a HOT spec season!

Russell Crowe as the star of Nottingham?

Yikes, he's really fallen far and fast.

None of these ideas sound remotely interesting to me.
Happy for these writers and the sale, guess it is good news for the rest of us trying to break in.

I just can't see myself paying money for these kinds of stories.
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: It is a HOT spec season!

Well, it's actually not that great for newbies trying to break in. Two of the three projects were written by writers with previous sales. And all three sets of writers appear to be repped by large agencies. However, Wonder Woman was written by two newbies (but like you said, it's not going to be produced anyway -- as they bought it to take it off the market). What's interesting about this last sale is that two newbies would write a spec based on material that's not even in the public domain -- then actually sell it. Does anyone know how that could happen?
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Old 02-01-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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I would to love to know the answer to this also... possibly opening the door to a world of possibilities?

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There has to be more to it than that. A lot of the "Cinderella/Overnight Success" stories you hear about are often very inaccurate and not as inspiring once you learn the details of how exactly something came about.

Tip: Whenever you see a script sale, regard it as a banner headline in a newspaper: You have to dig deeper to get the full 4-1-1.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:54 PM   #5
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Russell Crowe as the star of Nottingham?

Yikes, he's really fallen far and fast.
Why do you say that? It appears to be being produced by his pals at Imagine. Seems like a lateral move at worst.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:34 PM   #6
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Why do you say that? It appears to be being produced by his pals at Imagine. Seems like a lateral move at worst.
Considering Crowe's last movie was a dud, that he's still commanding $20 million plus 20% sounds like he hasn't fallen a bit.

NOTTINGHAM isn't the first time the sheriff has been portrayed as the good guy in the Robin Hood tale. Wikipedia notes: The Richard Kluger novel The Sheriff of Nottingham gives a positive portrayal of the real-life 13th century sheriff Philip Mark as a good man doing a thankless task.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:05 AM   #7
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I still don't get why spec sales should rise b/c of a strike. Rewrite assignments, yes. But specs? Before a strike?

How will the material be developed during the strike? Or is the plan that today's specs will be ready to go before the cameras during the stoppage? Even though there are plenty of projects in much more advanced stages of development and it would make more sense to ramp those up, rather than start from scratch and divert writers from developed projects.

I think it is correct that writers can only work on one script assignment at a time, the rules probably get bent, but that's a bottleneck. Unless these specs are ready to shoot how do they help studios confront a strike?

Will be interesting to see if there is any significant increase in spec sales this spring/summer.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:07 AM   #8
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But Brough, remember last strike. Spec sales skyrocketed right before the strike hit.

I don't think the strike will come this time. But we shall see...
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:20 AM   #9
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Is Crowe the sheriff or the Hood?

I can't picture him as Robin, he's too gruff, too brutish.
Though if he pulls it off he'll earn more of my respect for going against type and really acting.

I don't know, something about this idea just doesn't feel big enough for Russell. And the love triangle seems a bit soap opera-ish.
I guess I'm just going "Robin Hood? Isn't that shooting yourself in the foot before you even get going?" There have only been 3 decent ones.
The classic with Douglas Fairbanks, Disney's, and sadly Kevin Costners.
The public, I know I do, has a preconceived idea of Robin Hood. Anything other then the swashbuckling hero and true love just seems wrong.
Still, I'm slightly willing to leave room for surprise.

It will all come down though to how it's executed.
If the trailer comes out and it looks good I'll likely see it.

Just, when I read the logline and saw Russell's name my knee jerk reaction was - fumble.

And Russell really can't go up any higher so what is left?

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Old 02-02-2007, 08:53 AM   #10
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Men in Tights anyone?

Robin Hood:
I am Robin Hood, and these are my Merry Men!
Rabbi: Faygeles?
Robin Hood: No, no. We're straight. Just merry.
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