Paramount nabs 'Hellified' spec


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 movie 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 segued 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.

Bradley, also repped by ICM, is a second-unit director and stunt coordinator-turned-director who is helming MGM's high-flying "Red Dawn" remake. Among his credits for action design are "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Quantum of Solace" and the "Spider-Man" sequels.

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

He produced "Revenge of the Fallen" with Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto.
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