Largo Entertainment confirmed late Thursday that it has ponied up $ 750,000 against $ 1 million for “Suspension”– a spec script from 28-year-old screenwriter Joss Whedon.
“Suspension” is an actioner based on the premise of terrorists seizing control of New York’s George Washington Bridge during a traffic jam. The sale is one of the largest spec scriptsales in recent memory, rivaling Paramount’s $ 1.1 million acquisition of John Mattson’s “Milk Money.”
The sum is particularly impressive considering that the script comes with no star or name director attached. Charles Gordon is slated to produce for Largo. Gordon is represented by United Talent Agency. The “Suspension” deal was brokered by UTA’s Christopher Harbert and Barry Mendel.
Said Harbert, “Joss Whedon was my first client in the business going back four years. Thanks to his talent and the teamwork at UTA, we were able to take his career to the next level.”
“Suspension” represents a slight departure from Whedon’s regular oeuvre. His first feature was Sandollar’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and he recently sold “Toy Story,” a feature, to Disney, which may end up being the studio’s summer 1995 animated release. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have already begun voice work and will play the lead characters, Buzz Lightyear and Woody.
In “Toy Story”, Disney’s traditional box office metier of imperiled damsels and talking animals will give way to a buddy-movie about two toys (Buzz and Woody) who fight tooth-and-nail for the affection of their master, yet somehow end up being friends. Some of the more coveted bit parts currently being cast are for a wrestler, a Bo-Peep, a neurotic Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Slinky-Dog.
Whedon started in the business as a story editor on ABC’s “Roseanne.” The young writer comes from a long line of veteran TV scribes. His father has penned for such series as “Benson” and “Golden Girls.” His grandfather wrote for “The Donna Reed Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”