EXCLUSIVE: In the second significant material sale in a week that has a Die Hard theme to it, Universal Pictures acquired Speeding Bullet, a pitch by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer that went for mid-six figures. Paramount also pursued the pitch which is described as a throwback to the Die Hard-esque 90s buddy cop movie (though this sounds more Lethal Weapon-esque). KatzSmith Productions partners Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are producing.
This comes after Sony last week acquired White House Down, a spec by Amazing Spider-Man scribe James Vanderbilt that is being loglined as Die Hard in the White House. While this surge of material sales is certainly welcome–White House Down went for a 2012 spec best $3 million–I can recall that after Die Hard became a hit, studios for the next 20 years bought pitches and specs that were loglined “Die Hard in a…” Maybe some smart studio exec will go back and dust off some of those scripts, now that the Die Hard premise is back in vogue.
The UTA-repped scripted wrote Family Getaway and are working on the remake of the Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner film The Bodyguard at Warner Bros.