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Sony has picked up Exposure, a pitch from Eric Heisserer with Neal Moritz and his Original Film producing.
Heisserer, who will write the script, is also attached to direct and executive produce.
Details of the plot are being kept under quarantine but it is described as a supernatural thriller with elements tonally similar to The Ring, the 2002 horror movie in which a mysterious videotape caused the death of those who watched it.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say it was a competitive situation.
Heisserer is already exposed to Sony, working on an adaptation of the Valiant comic Harbinger that Moritz is also producing.
The scribe has made a career writing smart genre material. Earlier this year he sold Understand, a spec based on a Ted Chiang short story, to Fox with 21 Laps producing. He also wrote (and is exec producing) Story of Your Life, another sci-fi drama based on a Chiang short story, that has Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) attached to direct and Amy Adams attached to star.
His produced credits include the prequel to The Thing, the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Final Destination 5. He made his directorial debut with Hours, a thriller that starred Paul Walker.
Heisserer is repped by WME, Julie Bloom at Art/Work Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Moritz is coming off of the success of 22 Jump Street, which grossed $191 million domestically and over $327 million worldwide.
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Jon M. Chu