Trade Breaks: Tour, Nanking, Crypto

“Universal Pictures has optioned the comedy pitch “Tour de Frank” by Andrea King and Andy Marx. “Liar Liar” and “Bruce Almighty” helmer Tom Shadyac will produce through Universal-based shingle Shady Acres Entertainment, with an eye toward directing. The story is set in the world of competitive bicycling…” (full details)

“ThinkFilm has acquired North American rights to “Nanking,” the Sundance doc about Japan’s invasion of Nanking, China, just before WWII. Following several more festival stops, the film will be rolled out in limited fashion late this year…” (full details)

“New Line has purchased “Smooth Operator” scribe David Gilcreast’s comedy spec script “Cryptozoologists”. Story follows scientists who track mythical creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and have to deal with the sudden appearance of the creatures in San Francisco…” (full details)