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This is a crucial moment for the movie industry as we start to emerge from the pandemic, cinemas reopen, and audiences (hopefully) flock back into theaters. WriteMovies will be hard at work over the coming months engaging with the industry, so we’re paying close attention to the script sales from April 2021 and you should do the same.
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Here’s our pick of the April 2021 script sales and our assessment of what they might mean for screenwriters…
- If you can prove that your concept works, producers are more likely to take a chance on it. That’s what Jesse Atlas and Aaron Wolfe have done, selling SOUL ASSASSIN based on their previous short film LET THEM DIE LIKE LOSERS. Short films have a limited market and practically no commercial potential, but they can be extremely effective as proof of concept!
- Some spec scripts have seen success too: the sci-fi/horror NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU by Brian Duffield and an unnamed family adventure/comedy from Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles. Spec scripts are often most useful to prove a writer’s skill to agents and execs, allowing you to get commissioned work, but with the right connections and the right script at the right time, you can also strike gold with them.
- Adaptations aren’t just about books – other properties can be ripe to adapt to film. Some notable instances in April 2021 are the toy line Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and the pseudoscience documentary series ANCIENT ALIENS, set to be written by Ryan Engle and Luke Ryan respectively. A proven audience is attractive to execs, even in other formats, as it guarantees some level of interest in a movie.
- What script sales news would be complete without the latest reboots, remakes, and sequels from Disney? After their success with the Disney+ show THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson will write CAPTAIN AMERICA 4, now following Anthony Mackie’s new iteration of the character. Elsewhere, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are set to write a script based on the evil stepsisters from CINDERELLA, as Disney continues attempting to rehabilitate its entire roster of villains.
- Jim Henson is the latest figure set to receive a biopic, with the aptly titled MUPPET MAN. Unsurprisingly, Disney and The Jim Henson Studio are the companies behind the production, while Michael Mitnick has been tapped to write the script. Just the same as with IPs – telling the story of a famous figure’s life can also be a path to success!
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