Producer Amy Pascal is nearing a deal to acquire Nir Paniry’s hot spec script PRINCESSES and plans to set up the action-adventure project at Sony, where her Pascal Pictures banner is based, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Lawrence Grey (Lights Out) will also produce under his Grey Matter banner.
The script is described as being similar to Marvel’s The Avengers, but with princesses from classic fairy tales instead of superheroes. It remains a mystery as to which princesses appear in the action-adventure tale, though they’re likely iconic characters that have been popularized by Disney, but are still in the public domain.
Should a deal close, it would mark another victory for Paradigm’s David Boxerbaum, who is selling Paniry’s spec with veteran lit manager Jake Wagner. Boxerbaum has been on a roll of late, selling nearly a dozen specs since the start of the year.
Paniry is a veteran storyboard artist who wrote and directed the 2012 sci-fi drama Extracted featuring Ty Simpkins, as well as a handful of short films. He’s repped by Paradigm and Good Fear Film + Management.
Pascal Pictures recently produced Ghostbusters for Sony, as well as the studio’s upcoming summer tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, which is being distributed by STX. The company is also developing a live-action Barbie movie at Sony, and gearing up to shoot Steven Spielberg’s The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, at 20th Century Fox.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief