Since the writers' strike ended, few spec script acquistitions have been made by the major studios. Instead, they are looking to literare properties for their upcoming projects. According to Variety, here is but a taste of what the studios have accuired lately:

Warner Bros. acquired The Lost Girls an 87-page proposal by Amanda Pressner, Jennifer Baggett and Holly Corbett, who gave up their media jobs and boyfriends to travel the world for a year, blogging every step of the way. The book will be published by HarperCollins.

DreamWorks has acquired Deep Sea Cowboy an article that Joshua Davis wrote in the March issue of Wired, for a feature to be produced by Transformers and Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; Pete Chiarelli exec produces. Article revolved around Rich Habib, who runs Titan Salvage, which races all over the world to salvage sinking giant ships and their cargo.

WB also bought an upcoming novel by British author Liz Jensen that will be published in the U.S. by Random House. Novel is about a peculiar young girl with the ability to predict natural disasters who teams with her psychologist and a physicist to stop an offshore drilling project off the coast of Florida that the girl is convinced will cause an apocalyptic earthquake.

Miramax has optioned Wall Street Journal article The Heart Has Its Reasons by Kevin Helliker, for Mandalay to produce. It's the story of an unlikely romance between 27-year old convicted murderer John Manard and Toby Young, a 48-year-old social worker who was a married mother of two when she smuggled Manard out of prison. They ran away together with $42,000 of her retirement money before they were caught in a cabin in Tennessee.

B. Alan Orange