Scripts: Orphan, Bitch, Mule, Club, Hush, Fall

A bunch of script deals have happened this week, most for films where the storyline is being kept secret. Here’s a quick breakdown with the help of Deadline and Variety.

Producers Paul Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan have optioned film rights to Jean Zimmerman’s upcoming historical serial-killer thriller novel “The Orphan Master” which is set in New Amsterdam 1633 and will be published this June.

Warner Bros. Pictures have picked up Kelly Oxford’s spec script “Son Of A Bitch”. The raucous comedy is about a young stoner who tries to maintain her popular party image even after discovering she’s pregnant.

“The Hangover” director Todd Phillips has hired indie filmmaking darlings The Duplass Brothers (“Jeff, Who Lives at Home”) to pen the adaptation of Tony D’Souza’s novel “Mule”. The story follows a young couple caught up in the world of trafficking marijuana across the country.

Universal Pictures has acquired the pitch for the romantic comedy “No Hearts Club”, with Ben Schwartz attached to write the screenplay. No plot details for this one, though Brian Grazer will produce.

Universal has also hired “Walking Dead” writer/producer Scott Gimple to draft a screenplay for sci-fi project “Prosthesis”. Commercials director Arvind Palep is helming the high-concept project but the storyline is being kept under wraps.

Sony Pictures have picked up Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley’s action-comedy spec “El Tigre”. The story follows a family vacation gone horribly awry when the father is mistaken for the most ruthless drug lord in Mexico.

FuseFrame has hired Ben Ketai (“30 Days of Night: Dark Days”) to adapt EM Blomqvist’s horror novella “Hush” for the big screen. The story follows several broke college students start a phony “ghostbusters” type business to make extra cash. They get in trouble when their latest job is an old orphanage that is genuinely haunted.

“Hysteria” scribes Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer have been hired to rewrite Robert Harling’s script draft for the Reese Witherspoon comedy vehicle “The Pioneer Woman”. The film is based on blogger Ree Drummond’s story about a charming cowboy who inspired her to leave behind the city for life on a farm.

Finally, Benderspink exec Christopher Cosmos has sold the spec script “The Fall” to QED International. The story is described as a modern take on The Odyssey with a young man who makes his way cross country carrying with him the cure for a devastating plague.