iStock[Update #2, 08.04.17, 2 p.m.: Warner Bros. has won a bidding war for this project, which Denise Di Novi will produce with Margot Robbie under their respective companies, DiNovi Pictures and LuckyChap Entertainment. Carmen Lewis will also produce for DiNovi, while Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will produce for LuckyChap. Warner Bros. executives Chantal Nong and Sheila Walcott will oversee the project for the studio. Our original story is below.] [Update #1, 07.21.17, 5 p.m.: Territories are now being assigned, as Di Bonaventura Pictures has taken the script into Paramount and Lionsgate, Grey Matter Productions is into Universal, Vinson Films is into Amblin and Skydance, Di Novi Productions is into Warner Bros. and Tucker Tooley is into eOne. There are also three packages with A-list directors and actresses being assembled for other territories, so stay tuned! Our earlier story is below.]
There are smart phones and smart televisions, but can you imagine having that technology inside your own body? That’s the intriguing idea behind Mark Townend’s hot new sci-fi thriller spec AUGMENTED, which is being shopped to studios this week by Verve and Bellevue Productions.
Set in a future where people are enhancing their lives with smart technology implants, Augmented follows a successful criminal defense attorney who has her body hijacked by an anonymous hacker and struggles to prevent him from using her to commit a series of proxy murders.
Townend’s last spec, Contingency Protocol, appeared on the 2016 Hit List and Black List, and is set up at Broad Green Pictures with Storyscape Entertainment and Weed Road producing.
With buzz growing louder around town, we’ll do our best to keep you posted as offers come in. Stay tuned…
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief