Writer’s Block: Spade, Party, Vanished

“Sony Pictures has pacted for an untitled comedy that will be written as a star vehicle for David Spade and Chris Rock. Spade will write the script with Fred Wolf and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison will produce…” (full details)

“United Artists has optioned non-fiction book “The Birthday Party,” a prosecutor’s account of a night in 1998 when he was kidnapped by three naive gunmen. They held him hostage in an apartment whilst trying to empty his accounts, and a bit of bonding ensued…” (full details)

“Focus Features has scooped up “Vanished,” a global political thriller pitch that Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now”) is attached to direct. Eilis Kirwan and Larysa Kondracki (“The Whistleblower”) have penned the project said to recall Ron Howard’s “The Missing” in tone…” (full details)