Buyers Circling Todd Stein’s Sci-Fi Short Story Tipping Point: “Blade Runner meets District 9, Set in the Overpopulated Future”
Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
In late 2009, screenwriter Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, The A-Team) created a website called Popcorn Fiction, which he described as “a place where new popular short fiction could flourish, and Hollywood could have a new resource for cultivating great ideas.”
Haas commissioned some very talented writers to pen stories for the site, including Scott Frank (Minority Report, Out of Sight, Get Shorty), Jeff Lowell (John Tucker Must Die), Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing), Les Bohem (A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Dante’s Peak, Daylight), Patton Oswalt, Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, A Knight’s Tale), Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), Michael Brandt (Wanted), Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Race to Witch Mountain) and others. And some of these stories have picked up traction in Hollywood, and have been optioned for the big screen. For example, Derek Haas’ short story Shake sold to Jerry Bruckheimer in a deal reportedly in the seven-figure range.
Now we’re hearing that screenwriter Todd Stein‘s Tipping Point, a short story which was published a few weeks ago on Popsorn Fiction, now has a bunch of Hollywood buyers circling it, rumored to include Kurtzman/Orci at Dreamworks, Scott Rudin at Disney and Universal, Kevin McCormick at Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox, New Line. Tipping Point is set a couple decades in the future, in a world overrun with too many people.