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Script sales and deals: Action screenplays sell for big money

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“White House Down” — Huge payday for hot screenwriter James Vanderbilt. In fact, the $3 million dollar script deal is being called the biggest so far this year. The  action spec script is described as a cross between “Die Hard” and “Air Force One.” Apparently there was some heated bidding for the script with Sony Pictures finally closing a deal this week.  Vanderbilt was the scribe on the reboot of “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Total Recall.” Also, he got the gig to pen the remake of “RoboCop.”  Vanderbilt is repped by WME and manager Mikkel Bondesen at UFUSE Entertainment. More details on Variety.

“Untitled Cop Action Script” —  Screenwriter Katie Dippold scored a mid-six-figure script deal with Chernin Entertainment. Script is a comedy/buddy story focusing on the antics of two female cops. Dippold is the TV writer and producer of “Parks and Recreation.”  Dippold is repped by WME and manager Greg Walter at 3 Arts Entertainment. More on

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