As EW reports, Jonah Hill and friends presented a script to the major studios yesterday.
Hill and writing partners Max Winkler [The Fonz’s kid] and Matthew Spicer turned over a super-secret script that only Hollywood’s top studio heads were allowed to read. The high-profile spec is called The Adventurer’s Handbook and centers on four 20-something guys who, inspired by a book of the same name, set out overseas in search of a mysterious location described in the book. The script was sent over on red, watermarked paper so it couldn’t be photocopied. Multiple studios were interested in the project described as an edgy, broad comedy. [E.W.]
Today, Variety reports that Universal bought the script for seven figures, with Lonely Islander Akiva Schaffer in negotiations to direct and Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) on to star. Look, I have a ton of respect for anyone who sells a spec script, but let me explain how this worked: NO ONE READ IT. Two days? Not a f-cking chance. At best, someone’s assistant skimmed it and then explained it to the people with the cash. I’m not saying it’s going to be shitty, but I have a term I’d like to introduce for a movie that ends up sucking because people bought the pitch without reading the script: “Turd of Mouth”.