Universal Buys Horror Script in First Verve Sale Since Signing With WGA

  • Variety
Universal Pictures has bought an untitled horror script by Peter Gaffney in the first such sale since Verve signed the Writers Guild of America’s code of conduct two weeks ago.

Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce the film for 21 Laps Entertainment alongside Adam Kolbrenner for his Lit Entertainment Group. 21 Laps and Lit Entertainment are currently in production together on “Free Guy,” the Ryan Reynolds movie that Levy is directing.

Universal’s executive vice president of production Matt Reilly and director of development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Gaffney is represented by Verve and manager Adam Rodin. Rodin will also produce. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Verve defected from the major agencies on May 16 when it became the first sizable Hollywood talent agency to sign the WGA’s code of conduct. That gave the guild a win in its
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