Overture nabs 'Taken' pitch

Irwin Winkler attached to produce

Overture Films has acquired a pitch from Karl Gajdusek called "Taken," with veteran producer Irwin Winkler attached to produce.

The project is a dramatic thriller in which a married couple that has been coping with infidelity and other adversity heals its wounds after a home invasion; it is described as containing elements of "Panic Room" and "Unfaithful."

Gajdusek, who is repped by William Morris and Benderspink, was a writer on the TV series "Dead Like Me" and is also penning the screenplay for "Pandora," which is set up at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Winkler and Overture execs Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett collaborated when the duo were at MGM on the Cole Porter pic "De-Lovely."