'Sacred Prey' gets big-screen treatment

Brad Ingelsby to adapt Vivian Schilling's novel

Hot scribe Brad Ingelsby and Warners will develop a feature based on "Sacred Prey," Vivian Schilling's novel about a hitman who becomes the victim of his own takedown.

The high-concept thriller centers on a loan shark who kills a man he believes duped him, only to wake up and find himself in the body of that man three days before the murder. He then must undertake a furious effort to prevent the murder he committed.

Although tentatively dubbed "Sacred Prey," the project might yet get a new title, with "Hit Man" among those names being considered.

Steven Schneider is producing through his Room 101 banner, and Brooklyn Weaver will produce via his Energy Entertainment shingle. Matt Reilly and Niija Kuykendall are overseeing for Warners.

During the past 15 months, Ingelsby has climbed from an unknown to the top of the screenwriter pile.

An insurance salesman from Pennsylvania, Ingelsby created a sensation soon after the WGA strike with "The Low Dweller," a spec he wrote on a lark. The dark thriller, which Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott quickly signed on to produce, ignited a bidding war that Relativity won.

The WME-repped scribe soon had other projects set up all over town, including the Todd Field-directed "Nancy & Danny" at Paramount and the Marc Forster-produced "Die Bad" at Universal.

Weaver, who exec produced Jim Carrey thriller "The Number 23," is producing "Dweller" and the romantic comedy "The Pre-Nup" at the Film Department, among other projects. Schneider is behind Par's upcoming supernatural thriller "Paranormal Activity" and also is developing the horror title "The Colony" at Participant.