Nice couple: Fox, McElroy


Fox has picked up "Man and Wife," a spec script from Alan McElroy, for mid-six figures in a bidding war. Ralph Winter is producing the action-thriller.

The studio is keeping plot details under wraps but it is known that the story centers on a professional killer who is forced to pretend to be an ordinary husband, and the wife who learns to love her husband in a totally unexpected way.

Steve Asbell is overseeing for the studio, and Noah Rosen is exec producing. The deal closed Monday night.

Winter is best known for being a producer on Fox's "X-Men" movies as well as the "Fantastic Four" movies.

McElroy, repped by Hohman/ Maybank/Lieb and Circle of Confusion, wrote "The Marine," which starred John Cena. Other credits include "Spawn," "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" and "Wrong Turn."