Paramount Vantage gets 'Buried'

Todd Field will direct the Brad Ingelsby-penned drama

Paramount Vantage has bought its first project of the Guy Stodel era, signing on for the crime drama "Buried," with Todd Field attached to direct.

Brad Ingelsby will write the screenplay, which centers on a couple who are forced to cope with the fallout on their relationship after they commit a crime. Alexandra Milchan is on board to produce the picture along with Field.

The story, which also contains elements of dark comedy, is based on an article written by Hillel Levin and James Keene. The duo had previously set up an untitled undercover-prison drama at Paramount based on Keene's life.

The William Morris-repped Ingelsby has been busy of late; the scribe, who is already attached to Ridley Scott's "The Low Dweller," signed on last week for Sam Raimi's "Sleeper." Field is on board to direct the Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Blood Meridian" for Scott Rudin.

"Buried" is the first project picked up by Vantage since New Line veteran Stodel took over for Amy Israel as exec vp production and acquisitions this summer.

Stodel was seen as a genre specialist, but Vantage topper Nicholas Meyer said at the time of the hire that the company would continue to make auteur-driven pictures, with the Oscar-nominated Field ("In the Bedroom," "Little Children") certainly fitting that definition.

Ingelsby is managed by Brooklyn Weaver and repped by attorney Jeff Frankel; Field is repped by Endeavor and attorney Stuart Rosenthal.