Warner Bros Buys Apocalyptic Spec ‘The End’

EXCLUSIVE: The spec market has been as dead as disco lately, but Warner Bros just closed the second deal of the night. The studio has acquired The End, a science fiction/drama spec script written by Aron Eli Coleite. The film focuses on three completely different storylines that are interconnected by the fact that the players in each one are trying to reconcile the fact that the world is going to end. There is a veteran broadcaster in London, a 16-year old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a devoted family man in Shanghai. They each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in just six hours. No producer yet but Jesse Ehrman and Andrew Fischel brought it in for Warner Bros. CAA repped the writer. This happened just after Universal acquired Grim Night.

Comments (27)

  • I hate to be one of those “x sounds like y” people because execution is everything, but doesn’t this sound EXACTLY like that Canadian film “Last Night”? Right down to the six hour timeframe? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156729/

    Comment by Hank — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 7:59pm PDT  
    • First thing I thought of too! I should try selling my spec about that kid who finds a friendly alien with a glowing finger in his backyard!

      Comment by P — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 8:58pm PDT  
    • Having seen LAST NIGHT, I’d say it does indeed sound exactly the same.

      I loved the radio station in LAST NIGHT that tries to play the top 500 songs of all time before doomsday hits.

      Comment by Tarantino'd — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 9:41pm PDT  
    • I was also thinking SOUTHLAND TALES.

      Comment by The Rock — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 10:03pm PDT  
      • @ The Rock: You mean there was a plot in Southland Tales?

        Comment by Robert — Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 4:50pm PDT  
    • Yes, it does. First thing that came to mind was the newly-found international flavor that these stories are taking on. To continue with your “x meets y” thought, it’s Hereafter meets Last Night. Or Babel meets Melancholia.

      Comment by asdf — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 11:31pm PDT  
  • Spec market is getting hot again. Next couple weeks are gonna prove that. Now is the time, and there have been some exciting scripts beginning to circulate. Comedy will be big and big studios are gearing up for purchasing. Specs are back baby.

    Comment by Gizmo stet — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 8:11pm PDT  
    • heard about another spec that started slipping out this eve with a kinda trailer… sorta — http://vimeo.com/31104387

      Comment by asst x — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 9:21pm PDT  
    • Fingers crossed.

      Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 9:45pm PDT  
  • People DO go to the movies to forget their problems sometimes…yet another end-of-the-world saga isn’t what a lot of people are going to have in mind for “movie night,” especially considering all the problems we have going on out there.

    Comment by Doc Michaels — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 8:14pm PDT  
  • Sounds awesome Aron! I’ll be there opening night.

    Comment by Oleson — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 8:22pm PDT  
  • just read a great spec that’s going out to producers tonight… can’t wait to see who snatches this one.

    Comment by fjoh — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 8:53pm PDT  
  • Great we’re already remaking “melancholia” on a bigger scale? Oh wait, I bet it’s about a meteor like in “Deep Impact” with Aliens riding on it towards Earth’s doom. Or maybe they are the ones who sent it in the 1st place? Lot of thought went into this spec!

    I bet Warner will try to get Michael Bay for this since they didn’t get him for “Twilight Zone” or “The days before.”

    Just sayin’…

    Comment by Ash — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 9:49pm PDT  
  • EASILY the worst writer on the Heroes staff–he also wrote some truly dire x-men comics back in the day (and hasn’t worked in comixs since). I suspect Matt Cherniss made this buy.

    Comment by INterested Observer — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 10:07pm PDT  
    • Read the article. Jesse Ehrman bought it. And Aron is great. Sorry his comics didn’t live up to your standards.

      Comment by Wrong — Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 4:57pm PDT  
  • DEEP IMPACT had a thoughtful script by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, a firm guiding hand in Mimi Leder and a terrific cast. So… Why are we doing this again?

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 10:39pm PDT  
  • script might be good, but I’m over this “end of the world” crap. no interest in seeing the world go down. You’ll see it at the box office WB. The world is in shitsville already. I’m not paying to go get completely bummed out.

    Comment by Bummed already. — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 11:05pm PDT  
  • Mike; do your homework before you post a statement that the spec market is as dead as disco. In fact, this year has been the best market for spec sales since the strike, with the percentage of specs sold out of those that have gone out currently over 25% based on several sources.

    Comment by rhonda — Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 11:15pm PDT  
    • Agreed. As of Oct. 21 and the sale of “The Mountain” by Helen Childress, 82 specs had sold this year, 78% up from last year.


      Numbers courtesy of Scott Myers and the Blacklist Blog, Go Into the Story.

      Comment by Amy — Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 7:39am PDT  
    • @ Rhonda,

      Maybe because almost nothing gets to the point where it gets shopped. “The End” looks almost unique in that it really is just a script. Granted, from a writer repped by CAA, but no director, producer, talent, etc.

      Package deals with enough attachments to start making the thing tomorrow if you really wanted to are not specs.

      Comment by Undercut — Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 10:39am PDT  
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