EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions has acquired The Bringing, a horror spec script written by Brandon and Phillip Murphy and based on an actual place and series of events. The spec’s basis is on a woman, Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. That’s the place that killers like Richard Ramirez called home at one time or another, and where suicides have occurred. Footage of Lam’s bizarre, inexplicable behavior in an elevator before her death became a massive Internet sensation, and this has been turned into the story of the man investigating her death, and the nightmare he stumbles into. Tolmach will produce with Daniela Cretu and First Born Films, who developed the script that was brought in by MTP’s Kate Checchi and Brad Zimmerman. Sony’s incoming production president Michael De Luca and Rachel O’Connor championed the project. The Murphys are repped by WME and Langley Perer at Mosaic. Cretu’s First Born Films is lawyered by Eric Harbert at Raskin, Anderson Law.
Here’s a look at the odd footage: