Columbia picks up 'Animals'


Columbia has picked up "Animals," a high-concept spec script by newcomer Mike Sobel. Neal Moritz is producing via his Original Films banner.

The horror thriller's central idea is that all the planet's animals turn on humans, from wild creatures to pets.

Trevor Engelson and Nick Osborne, who are executive producing, discovered Sobel, a former New York assistant district attorney who ditched his job and moved to Los Angeles a year ago to pursue a writing career. Engelson and Osborne helped Sobel develop the script and then brought it to Moritz.

Moritz produced the political thriller "Vantage Point," which has grossed more than $43 million. His "Prom Night" remake opens April 11.