New Line Picks Up Noir Thriller From 'Underworld: Awakening' Writer (Exclusive)

Allison Burnett - P 2012
<p>Allison Burnett - P 2012</p>
Allison Burnett's credits include such female-driven thrillers as the fourth installment in the "Underworld" series, the Amanda Seyfried thriller "Gone" and the Diane Lane film "Untraceable."

New Line has picked up an untitled thriller pitch from Allison Burnett, the screenwriter behind the recent Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone and a writer on Underworld: Awakening.

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The project is a noir thriller with sensuality and intrigue and is described as being in the tradition of Body Heat, the 1981 noir starring Kathleen Turner and William Hurt.

The acquisition is noteworthy in that it comes with no producer or acting attachments, rare in today’s world where studios prefer packaged projects.

It also marks the first pitch sale for Gersh-repped Burnett, whose work usually involves spec script sales or assignments.

On top of Gone and Underworld, his credits include Autumn in New York, starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder; the Diane Lane thriller Untraceable; Resurrecting the Champ, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett; and the 2009 Fame remake.