'Crossing' over to Screen Gems

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Screen Gems has acquired the drug-trafficking thriller "The Crossing," penned by writing team Byron Willinger and Phillip De Blasi.

The film revolves around a couple on a weekend vacation in Mexico. When the husband is kidnapped by drug traffickers, his wife agrees to drive their SUV filled with heroin across the border into Texas. Once there, however, she turns the tables on the kidnappers to get her husband back.

The long-gestating project originally was set up at New Line Cinema.

Nick Phillips brought the screenplay into Screen Gems and will oversee the film for studio topper Clint Culpepper. Screen Gems is fast-tracking the project, which is out to directors.

Jeff Okin, Max Wong and Karen Firestone are producing the thriller.

Willinger and De Blasi, who penned Legendary Pictures' biblical drama "Paradise Lost," are repped by Paradigm and manager Okin at Anonymous Content.
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