Script News: “Versus,” “Fire,” “Love” & More

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Universal Pictures has pre-emptively acquired Alex Litvak & Michael Finch’s action spec script “Versus,” a high-concept international thriller said to be “Running Man meets Bloodsport”. Litvak and Finch will executive produce

Netflix has made a preemptive acquisition of Danny Mackey and Rebecca Ewing’s romantic comedy spec script “Love Hard” which Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola will produce. The story is described as “When Harry Met Sally meets Roxanne” and specifics are being kept under wraps.

Lindsey Leavitt’s popular 2013 young adult romantic comedy novel “Going Vintage” has been acquired by Imagine Kids & Family with Kara Holden (“Carrie Pilby”) to pen the screenplay. The story follows the quirky and independent 16-year old Mallory, who discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with a girl online. When the ensuing breakup goes viral, Mallory swears off boys and technology and reworks her life around the technology, clothing, music and entertainment of the early 1960s.

Brent Dillon’s thriller script “Night Teeth” has been set at Netflix with Adam Randall to direct the project which Unique Features and 42 will produce. The electric, youth-driven thriller with a genre twist takes place over the course of a night in Los Angeles as young chauffeur drives two beautiful young women to different parties. The pair are not who they claim to be, and he ends up in a fight for his life.

Picturestart has acquired rights to Elizabeth Acevedo’s New York Times bestselling novel “With the Fire on High” and have set Acevedo to adapt the script. The story follows Emoni Santiago, a 17-year-old girl who must navigate the challenges of modern life in Philadelphia after becoming a single mother during her freshman year of high school. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks.

“Disturbia” and “Paranormal Activity” sequel writer turned “Happy Death Day” director Christopher Landon will once again team up with Blumhouse Productions for a new horror movie which he will pen and direct. Filming begins in Atlanta in October and the story will follow a killer wreaking havoc in a small town.

Annapurna Pictures is developing an “elevated take on an alien invasion” genre feature with up-and-coming screenwriter Randy McKinnon. The story is set in the hood in South Florida. McKinnon is currently adapting Kwame Onwuachi’s “Notes From a Young Black Chef” and recently penned a script for a Disney+ original biopic about Ray Ray McElrathbey.

Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned David Grossman’s 2017 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” with plans to develop it as a feature film. The story follows the life of a stand-up comic during the course of night’s performance. Between the routine and crowd reaction, a story unfolds about the stand up’s chilling past.

Sources: Screen Daily, THR, Variety, Deadline