EXCLUSIVE: Fox has just closed a mid- against high-six-figure deal for A Better Place, a spec script by Brad Ingelsby that will be produced by Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer, with Michael Pruss exec producing. This amounts to a reteam for Ingelsby and Scott.
Ingelsby was a 27-year-old AFI grad living at home with his parents in Pennsylvania and working for his father’s insurance business when his very first script, Low Dweller, sold for $650,000 against $1.1 million to Relativity in 2008, with Scott attached to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star. Scott and DiCaprio both dropped out but remained producers, and the project eventually became Out Of The Furnace, the gritty drama that Scott Cooper directed with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe. It was a throwback movie that proved too rough for mainstream audiences, a lot like the Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor, which Fox made and Scott did direct. Pruss helped Ingelsby get his Low Dweller spec seen around town, and this is his third project with the writer, after Hold On To Me, which James Marsh is directing this fall, and The Signal, which is being developed by Paramount. Ingelsby is coming off scripting Run All Night, which Jaume Collet-Serra directs for Warner Bros with Liam Neeson starring, and Merry Men at DreamWorks.
EXCLUSIVE: As New Line today opens Jack The Giant Slayer and Disney readies next week’s Oz The Great And Powerful, Hollywood’s infatuation with revisionist fairy tales shows no signs of abating. DreamWorks jumped into the fray last night by closing a mid-six figure against seven-figure deal for Merry Men, a pitch for a film that will be scripted by Brad Ingelsby with Act Of Valor co-director Scott Waugh attached to direct. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner. Waugh will also be a producer through his Bandito Bros shingle and Toby Ascher will be exec producer.
I’m told that the pitch is for a tentpole re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend. There has been no shortage of movies on him, starring the likes of Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and most recently Russell Crowe. This is an ensemble piece centered around the supporting characters Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet. There is a high-concept revenge angle that tonally is reminiscent of The Dirty Dozen and Ocean’s Eleven. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Indian Paintbrush has put the finishing strokes on a high-six figure preemptively acquire The Signal, a pitch by hot scribe Brad Ingelsby. The company is keeping the logline under wraps, but it is a contained family-adventure film that has a sci-fi element and is set over the course of a family’s weekend getaway. Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal will produce and Michael Pruss will be co-producer.
Ingelsby was a 27-year old AFI grad who was working for his father’s insurance business and living with his parents in Pennsylvania in 2008 when Relativity Media ended his sales career by paying him $650,000 against $1.1 million for The Low Dweller, a gritty revenge thriller that came with Ridley Scott attached to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star. It took a couple of years, but Ingelsby has become one of the hot writers in town, even if Scott and DiCaprio are now limited to being producers. That script, now retitled Out of the Furnace, has Crazy Heart‘s Scott Cooper attached to direct, with Christian Bale attached to play the lead role of Slim, a man released after serving years in prison for murder, and who only wants to follow through on his promise to marry his long-suffering girlfriend (Zoe Saldana). That’s until his brother (Casey Affleck) gets murdered after getting involved in a gambling racket, and it becomes all about revenge. Forest Whitaker is circling the role of a sleazy bookie, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Brad Ingelsby, the scribe who blazed on the scene with the script The Low Dweller and who recently sold the script Run All Night at Warner Bros, has been tapped by Screen Gems to write the script for The Raid. XYZ Films is producing the remake of the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival and was also a strong title at the Sundance Film Festival, with a new soundtrack from Mike Shionda of Linkin Park, with Joseph Trapanese. XYZ is run by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.
The original is being released soon by Sony Pictures Classics. All of this was made possible when domestic distribution and remake rights were smartly collared by the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group back at Cannes, a buy made on partial footage that also gave Sony the inside track on remake rights. The remake was placed at Screen Gems, and now SPC’s Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will release the original next spring. As for Evans, he’s going back to Jakarta to shoot a larger-scale film that incorporates the actors and storylines from The Raid. WME and Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver rep Ingelsby. Just to remind you of what is in store from The Raid, here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: In what might be the first solid spec sale of 2012, Warner Bros made a preemptive acquisition of The All-Nighter, an actioner scripted by Brad Ingelsby. Deal was mid-six figures up front and the film has Roy Lee and Brooklyn Weaver attached as producers. Ingelsby in 2008 made a big spec deal for the revenge thriller The Low Dweller to Relativity Media with Leonardo DiCaprio attached. In The All-Nighter, the scribes focuses on how, in a single night, an aging mob hitman is forced to take on his former boss. The guy has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.
Lee has a first look deal at Warner Bros, and it’s the second project he has set in as many days, after Warner Bros acquired the David Cohen pitch The Vatican, to be directed by The Devil Inside helmer William Brent Bell. The All-Nighter was brokered by WME and attorney Jeff Frankel.