Max Landis' Spec Script 'Deeper' Landing at MGM

Bradley Cooper is attached to star in the supernatural thriller.
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MGM has emerged victorious in the bidding war for Deeper, the latest Max Landis spec script that has Bradley Cooper attached to star.

The studio is in negotiations to pick up the package that also comes with Kornel Mundruczo, the Hungarian director behind White God, attached to direct, and a pool of producers: David Goyer, Kevin Turen, Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Landis, who is best known as the writer of Chronicle and American Ultra. Cooper will also act as a producer.

Deeper is a supernatural thriller that centers on a disgraced astronaut who is on a deep-sea dive exploring a newly discovered trench but soon finds himself confronted by a sinister and dangerous force. Those who have read it have described it as having a tone similar to recent hits Gravity and The Martian.

The package hit the town two weeks ago, garnering interest and bids from companies such as Bold, Oddlot, Open Road, Fox Searchlight and Paramount.  

The deal comes hot on the heels of the intense bidding war for Landis’ spec Bright, which saw its price tag reach $4 million and the package ultimately being sold for $90 million to Netflix. David Ayer is on board to direct that crime-fantasy hybrid with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton attached to star as human and orc cops forced to work together in order to retrieve a magic wand.

Landis is repped by WME, Writ Large and Barh & Abramson. Cooper, last seen opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, is with CAA. Mundruczo is repped by CAA and United Agents.

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