In a competitive situation, Lionsgate has preemptively picked up a true-life exorcism project from writers Evan Turner and Harrison Query.
Beau Flynn, who produced San Andreas and the upcoming Baywatch, will produce the supernatural thriller via his FlynnPictureCo with Scott Glassgold of Ground Control Entertainment, who found the rights.
Details are being kept in the vestibule, but sources say the project is based on a true incident set on a military base.
The untitled project partners two writers who have burgeoning solo careers. Turner is a former Walden Media exec who sold a buddy action comedy titled Partners, with Mark Wahlberg attached to star.
Query was just hired by Cross Creek to adapt the 1970s true-story crime thriller, Honor For Sale, with John Hillcoat attached to direct.
Flynn already has experience tackling the supernatural, having produced 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose, as well as the Anthony Hopkins-starring The Rite, which was released in 2011.
Turner is repped at WME and Bloom Hergott. Query is repped at UTA, Ground Control and Hirsh Wallerstein.
Scott Sheldon will oversee the project for FlynnPictureCo. Bobby Cohen and Meredith Wieck will oversee at Lionsgate.
Glassgold and Ground Control have Flying Man, based on a short film, in development at Sony, and they have the adaptation of the hot internet short True Skin set up at Amazon Studios.