Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for “Safe House” scribe David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box”. Madhouse Entertainment and Scott Stuber will produce.
The story finds Air Force One crashing on American soil and an investigator who discovers technical difficulty wasn’t to blame, but rather, the plane was shot down. [Source: Variety]
Rockets Red Glare
Sony Pictures is in talks to acquire Ken Nolan’s spec script “Rockets’ Red Glare” with Neal Moritz set to produce.
The story revolves around a Mexican drug cartel CFO who surrenders himself to a rural Texas border patrol agent, promising the delivery of $8 billion within 72 hours in exchange for immunity.
The agent must keep his high-value asset alive amidst a slew of cartel assassination attempts, resulting in a national security emergency. [Source: Variety]
Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire “Zombieland” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese’s spec script “Epsilon” with both writers and Michael De Luca set to produce.
The story is set after an initial robot rebellion ended in failure and Earth operates on almost no electronics. The remaining robots seek refuge on a space station and begin to raise their own human lab rats, which they train to act as their agents. [Source: Heat Vision]
Untitled Cop Comedy
Universal Pictures has acquired “Cougar Town” producer Blake McCormick’s untitled cop comedy spec script which “American Reunion” helmers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will direct and produce.
The story follows two best friends who following a costume party dressed as cops are mistaken as real officers and forced to bring a dangerous criminal back to the station. [Source: Variety]