Overture, Winkler 'Taken' with Gajdusek pitch


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

The project is a dramatic thriller in which a married couple who has been coping with infidelity and other adversity heal their wounds after a home invasion. It's described as containing elements of "Panic Room" and "Unfaithful."

Gajdusek was a writer on the Showtime series "Dead Like Me" and is 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 film "De-Lovely."