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The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
August 6, 2012
Spec Market Roundup
Between Independence Day and Comic-Con, most of Hollywood is out of town for half the month of July every year, so it’s surprising that any business gets done at all during that period. July 2012’s spec numbers were exactly in line with expectations for summer script sales, and the below grid underscores why last year’s July spec numbers were so extraordinary.
As you can see, last month’s numbers are on par with July 2010’s and 2009’s monthly tallies, and in case you’re wondering, August 2011 was in this range, too, with 5 spec sales.
Here are July’s overall numbers with year-over-year comparisons to July’s past, followed by the usual breakdowns and project details, including loglines.. Enjoy.
1 Action 1 Comedy 1 Drama 1 Sci-fi
1 Action 2 Comedy 1 Drama 2 Horror 1Thriller
1 Action 1 Thriller
1 Action 1 Comedy 2 Thriller
1 Total Sales in July
2 Sales percentage of scripts that came out and sold in July
Weekly Activity Breakdown
Week of July 2 (Independence Day)
• No scripts hit the boards
Week of July 9 (Comic-Con)
• 1 script hit the boards and has not sold
• 2 additional sales were reported (“The Adversary” and “Divorce Party”)
Week of July 16
• 8 scripts hit the boards, one of which has sold (“Viral”)
Week of July 23
• 4 scripts hit the boards, none of which has sold
• No additional sales were reported
Week of July 30
• 5 scripts hit the boards (3 in August), none of which have sold
• 2 additional sales were reported – 1 in July (“Untitled Cameron Crowe Love Story”) and 1 in August (“Chewie,” which was one the 2011 Black List’s top ten scripts)
One of July’s sales, “Divorce Party,” came out in May.
Spec Sales (alphabetical by title)
Writer: Faisal A. Qureshi
Buyer: Bazelevs Production
Attachments: Timur Bekmambetov to produce.
Notes: Won the pitching prize at the third Astana International Film Festival in Kazakhstan.
Logline: Centers on a stranger recruited to defend a Jewish settlement from rampaging Cossacks.
Untitled Cameron Crowe Love Story
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Reps: CAA (Richard Lovett & Robert Bookman)
Attachments: Crowe to direct; Emma Stone is attached to star.
Logline: Under wraps, but said to be tonally similar to Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire.”
Writers: Mukilan Thangamani (script) and Ali Asgar Millwala (story)
Buyer: Enderby Entertainment
Attachments: Rick Dugdale, Rob Skinner, Ean Thorley and Daniel Petrie Jr. will produce.
Notes: Script was surfaced by Tracking-Board.com as part of its “TB Recommends” feature.
Logline: “Bridesmaids” meets “Love Actually.” Chronicles the intersecting arcs and misadventures of a group of friends attending a divorce party.
Writer: Dustin T. Benson
Reps: UTA (Ramses Ishak, Michael Sheresky) and Energy (Brooklyn Weaver)
Buyer: Unnamed Ian Bryce Company
Attachments: Ian Bryce to produce with Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh.
Logline: A first person point of view dystopian action-thriller, centering on a scientist who must help a crew of workers through the “infected” area of Manhattan while also trying to find her missing daughter.
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