Sources close to The Tracking Board are reporting that Brantley Aufill’s other-worldly spec THE SEVEN has been building some serious heat over the past 24 hours, with some major Hollywood players eyeing the property as they head into the weekend. Aufill is repped by David Boxerbaum and Valarie Phillips at Paradigm, and Michael Botti and Stephen Crawford at Industry Entertainment.
Pitched as Suicide Squad meets The Seven Deadly Sins, the story follows seven warrior angels, who were cast down for the sins they each embodied, and must unite to save the world when evil forces threaten mankind.
Aufill is no stranger to crafting sharp supernatural thrillers, as the screenwriter of the upcoming Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The Seven is based on an idea from Mad Horse films’ John Swetnam, who is also attached as a producer.
Our sources are telling us that the spec has landed on the drafting desk of Lorenzo di Bonaventura at Paramount, who is best known for producing the Transformers franchise, but whose Constantine certainly captured similar themes. Andrew Rona and Alex Heinamin, who formed their own shingle after exiting Silver Pictures last year, are into Fox, while Tripp Vinson is calling Studio 8. Neal H. Mortiz’s Original Film has Sony, and Michael De Luca is bringing the spec into Universal, where he signed a first-look deal in April.
We’ll keep you posted as The Seven continues to make its way through town…
Spec is now into over seven territories, including:
Rona and Heinamin into Fox
Di Bonaventura Pictures into Paramount
Barry Josephson into Warner Bros.
Original Film into Sony
Lionsgate into Safe House
Michael De Luca into Universal