EXCLUSIVE: In what might be the first solid spec sale of 2012, Warner Bros made a preemptive acquisition of The All-Nighter, an actioner scripted by Brad Ingelsby. Deal was mid-six figures up front and the film has Roy Lee and Brooklyn Weaver attached as producers. Ingelsby in 2008 made a big spec deal for the revenge thriller The Low Dweller to Relativity Media with Leonardo DiCaprio attached. In The All-Nighter, the scribes focuses on how, in a single night, an aging mob hitman is forced to take on his former boss. The guy has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.
Lee has a first look deal at Warner Bros, and it’s the second project he has set in as many days, after Warner Bros acquired the David Cohen pitch The Vatican, to be directed by The Devil Inside helmer William Brent Bell. The All-Nighter was brokered by WME and attorney Jeff Frankel.