EXCLUSIVE: In a pre-sale, Sony’s Screen Gems acquired the special thriller tonight Delilah from screenwriter Harrison Query and his writing partner, Tommy Wallach. The script is in the vein of Missing girl and has a strong female lead. Screen Gems is a fast tracker.
The photo will be produced by Scott Glassgold and his Ground Control Entertainment. Glassgold and Query recently sold their Reddit-inspired horror pitch My wife and I bought a ranch … to Netflix for over a million dollars in July, a story written by Query’s brother, Matt Query. In addition, Query had a big pitch sale in October with Heads of State, with Idris Elba and John Cena attached and Peter Safran in production. Among the other joint projects of Glassgold and Query, there is a Three Musketeers at Netflix and Incident at Fort Bragg at Lionsgate.
Although this represents Wallach’s first special sale, he is an author whose novel, We all searched, spent 25 weeks on the NY Times Best Sellers List. Query and Wallach will also serve as executive producers on Delilah.
Ground Control and Glassgold’s Screen Gems are already teamed up in their Screen Gems Horror Lab. The first project generated by their fear lab is Blink by writer-director Spenser Cohen and writer Anna Halberg.
Scott Strauss and Michael Bitar introduced Delilah for Screen Gems and Dan Primozic made the deal for the studio.
Query, Wallach and Ground Control are represented by Verve. Ground Control manages Query and Wallach. Ground Control is also replaced by lawyer Ashley Silver.