EXCLUSIVE: In the new year’s first major spec script contract, Sony Pictures acquired an untitled action spec by Secure house scribe David Guggenheim. The writer developed it with Simon Kinberg, who will produce in a new team of their work on the series. Designated survivor. I hear the deal is high at six figures.
They keep the plot a secret, but it has a great concept for action with potential for frankness, a supernatural element, and a great lead role for an actress.
Guggenheim sold last year Our man from Jersey to Netflix in a seven-figure deal and writes it as a featured vehicle for Mark Wahlberg to play a blue-collar 007 protagonist. Kinberg struck a seven-figure deal last year for his first spec since Mr. and Mrs. Smith sure Here comes the flood, which Jason Bateman will direct for Netflix. He also did an Apple TV +, a thriller deal for Idris Elba, and he writes and produces Battlestar Galactica like a movie. On the small screen he wrote and is the EP of the Apple TV + series Invasion, and he directed his screenplay for the international spy thriller The 355 starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Diane Kruger, which Universal is releasing on MLK weekend in 2022.
Verve negotiated the deal with Adam Kolbrenner of Lit Entertainment Group.