“Relativity Media has acquired House Arrest, a spec script by Justin Adler about two high-end bond traders whose plan to end their marriage hits a snag when they are forced to live together for six months of house arrest. Broken Road’s Todd Garner, Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein developed the project and will produce the film. Adler recently wrote The Escort, a spec that sold to DreamWorks. Adler comes out of TV, where he was consulting producer on Samantha Who?, and a co-executive producer on Sons And Daughters. He’s repped by UTA, Kapital Entertainment and attorney Ken Richman.”
Source: Deadline Hollywood
“Since they got a big write up in the Wall Street Journal late last month, the “Tag Brothers” have been swarmed by movie producers hoping they would tell one of them, “you’re it.” Meaning he gets the chance to translate their story to the movie screen. Who are the “Tag Brothers?” They are the 10 classmates at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington 23 years ago whose long-running game of tag got national attention, thanks to the Russell Adams article. Now in their 40s, the former classmates have spread across the country in various fields (one’s a priest), but they stay in touch during the month of February by chasing each other across the country in an obsessive game of tag. They will jet cross country, break into each other’s homes, hide in the bushes until a target appears, or leave for a long vacation to avoid being tagged, all in the name of not ending up “It,” and having to wear that loser title a whole year.
Well, the “Tag Brothers” have just told Broken Road’s Todd Garner that he’s it. After hearing pitches from more than a half dozen established producers who wanted to turn their story into a feature film, they’ve optioned their life rights to Garner, in a deal put together by ICM Partners (which reps the guys) and UTA (which reps the WSJ). Garner will put together a package that he’ll shop to studios. Since studios have been among those making calls, it shouldn’t be a hard sell.”
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Lionsgate/Summit has won an auction for Spinback, a John Swetnam spec script action thriller set in the world of electronic dance music. Scott Speer (Step Up Revolution) is attached to direct, with Todd Garner producing through his Broken Road Productions banner, with Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein.
Via Deadline Hollywood
Paramount has tapped its “Tropic Thunder” scribe Etan Cohen to make his directorial debut on the horror-comedy “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies.”
“Steven Quale has been hired to to direct New Line Cinema’s Category Six. The found-footage natural disaster movie, about high schoolers documenting a massive hurricane, was picked up as a spec from writer John Swetnam back in October. Quale, a visual effects protege of James Cameron who was a second unit director on Avatar, recently made his directorial debut with Final Destination 5, the New Line 3D pic that received some of the better critical notices of the franchise and has grossed $158 million worldwide since its August release. The studio’s Walter Hamada and Dave Neustater, the execs behind that film, also bought Category Six, and they moved fast to lock in Quale. Broken Road’s Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein are producing. Quale is repped by Gersh and Principato-Young.”
“Ending what turned out to be a brisk week for material, New Line Cinema just closed a spec deal in the $300,000 range for Category Six, a script by John Swetnam for a “found footage” natural disaster movie.”
“The film will be produced by Todd Garner through his Broken Road banner. Garner hatched the idea. David Boxerbaum at APA and Jake Wagner made the deal. Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein and Sean Robins will also be involved in producing capacities.”
“the film has slowly established itself to become Fox’s biggest 2010 release with $262.3 million worldwide gross.”