Bregman and Miramax will 'Come Closer'


NEW YORK -- Likely Story founder Anthony Bregman will produce Carter Smith's psychological horror feature "Come Closer" for Miramax.

"30 Days of Night" scribe Brian Nelson signed on to pen the film before the start of the writers strike.

Adapted from Sara Gran's 2003 novel, the surreal tale will take viewers into the mind of a woman experiencing bizarre situations that might not be happening and violent impulses that might be all too real.

The project's path to the screen has been equally Byzantine. Disney-run Dimension began developing the project with "The Four Feathers" screenwriter Hossein Amini, but it was left behind when the Weinsteins left Disney with Dimension in 2005.

Miramax vp production and development David Greenbaum revived the project in the spring after seeing Smith's 2006 Sundance Film Festival-winning short "Bugcrush." Tristine Skyler, who penned the upcoming adaptation of Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar," was brought aboard to write the script, laying the groundwork for its current incarnation with Nelson.

Greenbaum will shepherd the film for the studio under president of production Keri Putnam.

"The combination of Brian Nelson and Carter Smith will make for a complex and terrifying film, and Miramax is very adept at creating and marketing sophisticated filmmaking," Bregman said.

Bregman is no stranger to strange subject matter; he produced the Charlie Kaufman-penned "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Human Nature." He is producing two other feature directorial debuts, Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" and Alex and David Pastor's "Carriers."

Nelson wrote the provocative horror film "Hard Candy" before his recent success co-writing "Night" for Sony. He's repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.