Scribes: Demonologist, Graveland, Extinction

Jonathan Herman has been hired to pen an adaptation of Andrew Pyper’s psychological thriller novel “Demonologists” at Universal Pictures and ImageMovers.

The story centers on a professor and scholar of Paradise Lost who accepts a free trip to Italy, where a demonic spirit appears to kill his daughter, and he must go on a dark journey of discovery in hopes of getting her back. [Source: THR]

New Regency has acquired Alan Glynn’s thriller novel “Graveland” with Brian Koppelman and David Levien attached to adapt the script and direct. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing.

The murder mystery begins with the discovery of a Wall Street investment banker shot dead while jogging. Later that day, a top hedge-fund manager is gunned down. A female investigative journalist tries to figure out who is behind the killings. [Source: Deadline]

Good Universe has pre-emptively picked up Spenser Cohen’s contained room sci-fi thriller “Extinction”.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville are producing, but story details are being kept under wraps. [Source: Heat Vision]

40 Days of Dating
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired screen rights to “40 Days Of Dating,” a blog by New York designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. Michael Sucsy (“The Vow”) is attached to direct.

Lorene Scafaria (“Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”) will write the script about two friends, a female serial monogamist and a man who dates a lot of women, who date each other over forty days. They chronicled the results with essays and filmed vignettes. [Source: Deadline]