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Universal Sets Max Botkin To Lend Scripting Hand On ‘Prosthesis’

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 4:09pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Max Botkin to MaxBotkinwrite Prosthesis,  the visually-driven science fiction film created by Arvind Palep, who’s attached to direct. Universal acquired the property based on a 10-minute teaser trailer, blending VFX with storyboards and live-action footage hatched by 1stAveMachine, the multimedia production company that Palep co-created with Serge Patzak. universalLatter will produce with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson, with Gotham’s Peter McHugh exec producing with Sam Penfield. An earlier draft of the screenplay was written by Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple.

Botkin wrote the Black List script What Happened To Monday, which is percolating at Vendome with Tommy Wirkola directing and Noomi Rapace attached to star. Verve, EML Entertainment and attorney Larry Kopeikin rep the scribe. Universal’s Anikah McLaren and Chloe Yellin are overseeing. Palep is repped by WME, The Gotham Group and attorney George Davis.

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2010′s The Black List Scripts Find Buyers

Mike Fleming

A screenplays on The Black List can mean some green. Days after the new list was revealed by Deadline, two scripts have found homes;

Vendome Pictures has just committed to finance What Happened To Monday?, a futuristic thriller by Max Botkin that was developed by Raffaella Productions. The script follows the story of identical septuplet brothers who struggle to stay alive in an overpopulated world where a “one child” policy outlaws siblings. Raffaella De Laurentiis and Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet are producing. Vendome financed the Summit release Source Code and the Tom Hanks-directed Larry Crowne, which gets released by Universal July 1, 2011 with Hanks, Julia Roberts and Bryan Cranston starring. CAA  and EML Entertainment rep Botkin.

Paramount Pictures has acquired Boy Scouts Vs. Zombies, a Black List script by Carrie Evans & Emi Mochizuki, two graduates of the Disney Writing Program who also scripted College Road Trip. The film is being produced by Todd Garner’s Broken Road, Oops Doughnuts partners Andy Fickman and Betsy Sullenger, and Bryan Brucks’ Brucks Entertainment. The script is in the vein of Goonies, and is about a local boy scout troop that must save the local girl scout troop from a zombie outbreak on an overnight camping trip. Devra Lieb reps the scribes and Brucks manages them. Sean Robins will be exec producer.

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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