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    Disney wins "Science Fair"

    Disney takes 'Science Fair' prize

    Nabs family adventure spec from writer John Sullivan

    By Jay A. Fernandez
    June 16, 2008, 01:00 AM


    Give that guy his blue ribbon.

    Writer John Sullivan has sold his family adventure spec "Science Fair" to Disney for $275,000 against $575,000. With echoes of "Night at the Museum," the screenplay centers on a science fair where all of the kids' projects -- think papier-mache volcanos and fungus -- come to life.

    A mild bidding war broke out last week between Walden Media and Disney until Buena Vista Pictures president Oren Aviv and executive vp production and development Brigham Taylor pocketed first prize.
    "I grew up on stuff like 'Explorers' and 'Goonies' and 'Weird Science,' " said Sullivan, whose mother teaches sixth grade. "I really wanted to explore something that was more family-friendly and something that I would actually like to go see myself if I was 12-16. There's a lot of wish fulfillment in that. Movies like this are just fun to write."
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...90fc64cb5d2169

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    Re: Disney wins "Science Fair"

    Can anyone explain what this means?

    $275,000 against $575,000
    I've seen it listed in any number of script sale notices in the trades, yet I'm not entirely sure just what it means in practical terms. Does it mean $275,000 up front, with an additional $575,000 if the movie is produced, or if it does a certain level of business at the box office? Or what?

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    Re: Disney wins "Science Fair"

    Typically yes an actual greenlighted script to go to production would mean a bigger check, along with whatever else their particular deal calls for (producer credit, back-end $$$, additonal options, etc.) Hope that helps.

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