Paramount nabs 'Hellified' spec

MUMBAI: Breathing life into a quiet spec market, Paramount has picked up Hellified a supernatural action script by Andy Burg, with Dan Bradley attached to direct. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whose "Transformers" sequel is blowing up the boxoffice, is on board to produce.

Hellified is known to be a supernatural action film involving a journey to hell.

Di Bonaventura Pictures president Mark Vahradian brought the ICM-packaged script to Paramount‘s Geoff Stier and Adam Goodman, who promptly made a pre-emptive purchase. The deal was made before Goodman‘s ascension to film group president.

The script and the accompanying six-figure deal mark a return to Hollywood for Burg, a comedy and family-film writer who has worked on such movies as 1989‘s K-9 and 1996‘s Alaska. During the early 2000s, he got attached to the internet fashioning himself as a web entrepreneur.

With Hellified, the scribe hopes to begin a new act as an action writer. Burg is repped by ICM and Justin Silvera Management.

Di Bonaventura‘s next outing is G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which Paramount is set to open Aug. 7.

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