We’ve had updates on this red hot drug trafficking spec MENA from Gary Spinelli every day this week, and today is proving to be no exception, as a deal seems to be all but a formality. Going into the weekend we’re now hearing the director that was being pursued in putting together a fast track package is Ron Howard, who is in the process of signing on in a package for Universal. As of writing this however, we are still hearing only Sony has an offer in, but with Howard and his producing partner Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment having their deal at Universal, we’d have to imagine his signing on is part of the plan to shore that offer first.
This spec has fast become one of the hottest of the year, with producer Doug Davison shepherding it alongside Gersh and New Wave Entertainment. Look for more offers to come in by end of day, or going into the weekend, as the addition of Howard should bring this project home for at least one buyer.