Two Deadline film scoops now are being confirmed by the respective studios. Deadline broke last night that Sony Pictures had paid a whopping $1.25 million for the hot manuscript Dark Matter, and the studio now has supplied extra details.
Universal Pictures, meanwhile, is confirming Deadline’s scoop this morning that Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski will write the script for The Wolfman, the second attempt by the studio to breathe life into its classic movie monsters franchise. Guzikowski, who’s repped by Verve and Madhouse, is currently in production on Season 2 of his SundanceTV series The Red Road, which he created and executive produced and stars Jason Momoa and Julianne Nicholson.
Studio is not commenting on the other part of this morning’s story, the prospect of Justin Lin’s return to the Fast & Furious franchise for the final installments that would be shot back-to-back.
As for the Sony book deal that had everybody hot and bothered last night, here’s Sony’s official announcement:
Blake Crouch’s partial manuscript DARK MATTER, a mind-bending thriller in the vein of INCEPTION and LOOPER, sold pre-emptively last night to Sony Pictures in a 7-figure deal negotiated by Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company, entertainment attorney Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis LLP and literary agent David Hale Smith of InkWell Management. International bestselling author Blake Crouch is attached to adapt his own book and executive produce. Matt Tolmach will produce for Sony.
North American publishing rights to DARK MATTER sold to Crown pre-emptively for $1 Million on Friday afternoon tipping off a weekend of film rights frenzy, culminating in Sony’s pre-emptive winning bid. Five studios had offers in to take the film rights off the table.
Blake Crouch’s bestselling thriller ABANDON is set up as a put pilot with a significant penalty at USA with Amblin TV producing. Blake Crouch co-created ABANDON with Chad Hodge, the WAYWARD PINES creator and showrunner.
Blake Crouch is based in Durango, Colorado.