Par Vantage breaks in 'Fracture'

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Studio subsidiary Paramount Vantage has acquired Alan McElroy's script "Fracture" for development. It is looking to attach a director soon.

A psychological thriller, "Fracture" centers on a husband whose family disappears into the inner workings of a hospital emergency room seemingly never to return.

Producing partners Mike Macari and Neal Edelstein ("The Ring") will produce the film. The duo is behind the upcoming film "The Invisible" for Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, set for release in January. They also are in preproduction on the horror film "Amusement" for Picturehouse and New Line.

Vantage head of production and acquisitions Amy Israel, senior vp production and acquisition Matt Brodlie and senior vp production and development Geoff Stier will oversee for Paramount Vantage.

Said Israel, "Alan's script taps into our collective anxiety about hospitals to create a terrifyingly real and effective thriller."

McElroy is the screenwriter behind 20th Century Fox's recently released "The Marine." He is represented by Bayard Maybank at Hohman, Maybank & Lieb.
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