Writer’s Block: Phenom, Sister, Class

“Screen Gems has acquired the Charles Murray spec script “Phenom,” and set singer-actor Chris Brown to star. Brown will play a standout high school basketball player who goes pro as the press discovers he’s the illegitimate son of an aging NBA star. Father and son head for a collision course as their teams meet in the NBA playoffs. Production begins later this year…” (full details)

“MTV Films has bought Melissa Stack’s comedy spec script “I Want to ___ Your Sister” and set it up with Escape Artists to produce. High-concept comedy revolves around a brother who will go to any lengths to protect his sister from guys just like him…” (full details)

“The Tribeca Film Institute’s fifth annual screenplay program award was given to writer David Freeman for “A First Class Man,” a fictional biopic about an Indian mathematician. Freeman will receive financial support and advice from screenwriters and math experts as he develops the script…” (full details)