October had a strong showing for spec material. Connor Martin's road comedy Federal Offense found a home at Boundless Pictures. The spec pits three best friends and a foul-mouthed grandfather against a drug kingpin, gangsters, bounty hunters, and the law. Chevy Chase to star. LD Entertainment is moving forward with Ben Bolea's buddy comedy spec The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire about a family man in a midlife crisis and an unhinged sea captain who end up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean. Participant Media and Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions will produce The Price of Liberty, Michael Russell Gunn's spec thriller about a diplomat trying to prevent potential terrorist attack after the fall of the Soviet Union. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller will produce Alex R. Johnson's drama/thriller spec Northeast Kingdom for Paramount and Bay's company, Platinum Dunes. The plot follows a young woman who enlists the help of a female assassin to seek revenge against those responsible for her father's murder. Johnson will also direct. MGM has acquired Fairy Godmother, a comedy/fantasy spec written by Chiara Atik. The script is described as a revisionist take on the classic Fairy Godmother tale. Finally, Fundamental Films and Broken Road Productions are teaming for John McClain's action/drama spec Hummingbird, which follows a black-ops assassin who questions the truth of her identity.
Other script sales:
– Miles Chapman has signed on to script the sequel to his previous movie Escape Plan. Sylvester Stallone will return to star.
– Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, The Girl on the Train) to write the live-action Snow White movie for Disney.
– Brooks McLaren will write the Rambo remake/reboot for Nu Image/Millennium Films. Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) to direct.
– Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer) to write and direct the true-crime Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders, to be based on the book by Greg King. Kate Bosworth attached star.
– Terry Schwarzman and Ben Stillman to produce Casey Affleck's thriller script Villain. Affleck to also star.
– The third entry in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes franchise has assembled its team of writers, which includes Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party), Gary Whitta (Book of Eli), and Kieran Fitzgerald (Snowden).
The Library – Produced Scripts
The Bad ____ genre has endured remarkably well. Bad Santa kicked off the trend in 2003, and many similarly titled movies have followed suit, most recently Bad Moms.
This comedy subgenre is tough to get just right: at a certain point, if the main character has done too many "bad" things or begins their arc from too "bad" a place, the audience might have difficulty connecting with the characters. But a corollary to that: if the character is funny enough, the audience could easily be along for the ride.
In Bad Moms, writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore split the difference with the script's main character, Amy (Mia Kunis). She's an overworked mother who's been stretched too thin and whose husband not only skirts the parenting duties off to her but is also having an affair. As a result, Amy becomes an instantly relatable and sympathetic character, and when she finally snaps and decides to become a "bad" mom (although the word "lazy" might be more appropriate here), it feels like a moment of catharsis. Lucas and Moore give the other characters funny dialogue and strong character arcs, but Amy is the film's anchor.
Is the movie perfect? Not quite. The concept begins to run out of steam towards the end, and the story's moral is a tad predictable (Mila Kunis's Amy had to be a bad mom in order to become a better mother). However, this is also a supremely funny movie that features a ridiculously high number of jokes that land and a good number of very talented actresses, each at the top of her comedic game. I mean, look at the picture above. . . . Besides Mila Kunis, there's Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Christina Applegate. That's a seriously solid cast.
In a film environment offering so few roles to women, it's refreshing to see one with a strong female presence get made and do so well (a sequel is already in the works). As a form of comedic escapism, Bad Moms can't be beat.
Script Pipeline develops writers for film and television, connecting them with top producers, agents, and managers. This process has thus far resulted in over $6 million in writer spec sales and several produced films, including Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which grossed over half a billion dollars and spawned a sequel, and the indie dramedy The Living Wake, starring Jesse Eisenberg.
For over 16 years, the company has bridged the gap between up-and-coming writers and influential executives. Through services, research tools, and annual writing and idea contests, Script Pipeline continues to offer writers worldwide unprecedented access to the industry. View recent success stories and notable alumni.
As of 2016, the company reviews, on average, 12,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches each year, making Script Pipeline one of the leading outlets for new writers worldwide.