Racing to take 'Prisoners'


One of the hottest scripts in Hollywood right now? It's a dark thriller from a writer who signed with a major talent agency just two weeks ago but has the attachment of Mark Wahlberg and the interest of nearly every major studio in town.

The previously unknown Aaron Guzikowski, a Brooklyn native who flew to Los Angeles a few weeks ago and signed with Endeavor, is behind "Prisoners," a project said to have echoes of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Seven."

The story centers on a Boston family man whose 6-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. He takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping the man he suspects is responsible.

Guzikowski was noticed two years ago by management company Madhouse Entertainment, which worked to develop the "Prisoners" script through dozens of iterations and will produce.

All that toil seems to be paying a quick dividend. The Endeavor-repped Wahlberg, a Boston native who also plays a distressed father in Peter Jackson's upcoming "Lovely Bones," attached himself to the script, with a director now being sought.

Endeavor declined comment on the project.