There’s no doubt Dreamworks has big plans. While it hasn’t yet released any films that went into development after Spielberg left Paramount and took the name with him, it’s certainly been busy buying scripts and setting up projects, ranging from the Hugh Jackman starrer Real Steel to the Jon Favreau comic book flick Cowboys and Aliens.
Now it’s lining up a new comedy by buying Justin Adler’s spec script for The Escort – although this isn’t perhaps the sort of escort you might be thinking of. Instead THR reports that, “With echoes of Dutch and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, the road-trip story line involves an irresponsible flight attendant who is forced to escort a 14-year-old passenger to Boston after their plane is grounded.”
Although it’s not the most scintilating of synopses, it’s another sign that the spec script market is picking up, as last year hardly any screenplays sold unless they came with stars attached or were based on a known property. However in the past few weeks several high profile sales have been made, suggesting the studios are back in the market for original content.