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The Scoggins Report: September 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup

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The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
September 24, 2012

September 2012

Pitch Sales Roundup

This is another one of those weeks where we have to publish our Pitch Sales Roundup a few days earlier than we’d like. It’s probably sixes, though -- since Yom Kippur falls mid-week this week, the smart money says any pending pitch sale announcements will be held until next week anyway.

The raw pitch sale numbers through September 22 are below, along with the usual weekly breakdowns and project details. Enjoy.

September 2012

September 2011

 Pitch Sales



 Genres Sold

2 Comedy 1 Drama 1 Sci-Fi

1 Action/Adventure 2 Comedy 2 Drama

Weekly Activity Breakdown

Week of August 27 (run-up to Labor Day):

• No pitch sales were announced

Week of September 3 (Labor Day, TIFF):

• 1 pitch sale was announced (“Untitled Pally/Ozeri Comedy”)

Week of September 10 (TIFF):

• 2 pitch sales were announced (“Abandonment Issues” and “Metro 2033”)

Week of September 17 (Rosh Hashana):

• 1 pitch sale was announced (“Spy Guys”)

Pitch Sales (alphabetical by title)

Abandonment Issues

Writers: Mara Brock Akil

Reps: ICM (Andrea Nelson-Meigs, Chris Von Goetz)

Buyer: Paramount

Genre: Drama

Attachments: Akil will produce through Akil Productions with partner Salim Akil, who will also direct.

Logline: Under wraps

Metro 2033

Writer: F. Scott Frazier

Reps: WME (Daniel Cohan, Mike Esola) and H2F (Chris Fenton)

Buyer: MGM

Genre: Sci-fi action

Attachments: Mark Johnson will produce through his Gran Via along with Eugene Efuni and Marina Hall.

Notes: Mark Ceryak will oversee for Gran Via. Based on the 2005 Russian sci-fi novel by Dmitri Glukhovsky.

Logline: Set in 2033 after a nuclear holocaust devastates Moscow and survivors head underground. A young survivor is forced to go on a journey that will see him deal with mutants, soldiers of a Fourth Reich and political factions of various metro stations in order to reach the surface.

Untitled Pally/Ozeri Comedy

Writers: Adam Pally & Gil Ozeri

Reps: CAA (Dianne McGunigle, Susie Fox), 3 Arts (Greg Walter, Josh Lieberman) and Mosaic (Molly Mandel)

Buyer: Disney

Genre: Comedy

Attachments: Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Kevin Messick will produce.

Notes: Kristin Burr will oversee for Disney.

Logline: Under wraps.

Spy Guys

Writer: Adam Sztykiel

Reps: UTA (Allan Haldeman, Charlie Ferraro, Tim Phillips) and Kaplan/Perrone (Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone)

Buyer: New Line

Genre: Action comedy

Attachments: Jorma Taccone (“MacGruber”) will direct; John Rickard will produce through his Rickard Pictures.

Logline: While attending a friend’s wedding in Europe, a CIA operative is framed and becomes an enemy of the state. Now on his own, he’s forced to reveal his true identity to and enlist the help of his Average Joe buddies to clear his name.

About The Scoggins Report:

The Scoggins Report, is a terribly unscientific analysis of the feature film development business based on information assembled from a variety of public and non-public sources. The numbers in the reports are by no means official statistics. Caveat emptor. Mol??n labé.