Sony Pictures Entertainment has purchased the option for “American Dream” along with an order for a rewrite by red-hot Kansas City-based scribe John Scott Shepherd.
Shepherd has sold the rights to his novel “Henry’s List of Wrongs” to New Line; his script “The Kilmartin Club” was sold to Ben Stiller’s company at Warner Bros.; and the rights to his other novel, “The Eulogy of Joseph Way,” have been sold to John Wells Prods. at WB.
And now his “Dream” has sold for low-six against mid-six figures. Pic will be produced by Paramount-based Donald De Line and Scott managers Ken Attchity and Chi Li Wong. Pic will be supervised by Col’s exec veepee of production, Matt Tolmach.
Story centers on a young man from a small Nebraska town who dreams of becoming president of the U.S. But he begins to hear voices during his waking hours, and it’s not immediately clear if we are seeing a boy dreaming about being president or a president reminiscing about the boy.
Shepherd was repped in the deal by Paradigm; he’s managed by AEI.