Morgan, Uni join for new adventure


Universal Pictures has pre-emptively purchased an untitled adventure pitch from scribe Chris Morgan for $700,000 against $1.35 million. Stuber/Parent Prods. is producing.

The sale marks the fifth straight Universal project for Morgan, the most recent being a rewrite on "Wanted" for director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Marc Platt, which is in preproduction in Prague, and an adaptation of the graphic novel "The Psycho," which is in development.

Morgan also penned last summer's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" for Universal. Based on the global success of "Tokyo Drift," which grossed $158 million worldwide, the studio tapped Morgan to write a fourth installment of the franchise.

Universal's Jeff Kirschenbaum and Erik Baiers will oversee Morgan's untitled adventure pitch for the studio.

H2F Entertainment's Walter Hamada and Chris Fenton are executive producing.

Stuber/Parent is in postproduction on "The Kingdom," which will bow in the fall. The company is shooting the Martin Lawrence starrer "The Better Man" and is in preproduction on the Luke Greenfield-helmed "Big Brothers" and the Benicio Del Toro vehicle "Wolfman."

Morgan also wrote "Cellular" for New Line Cinema.

He is repped by ICM, H2F and attorney Jeff Frankel.