EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm has bagged another solid client for its Motion Picture department. The agency just signed screenwriter Russell Gewirtz, best known for scripting the Spike Lee-directed Inside Man and the sequel Inside Man 2. He did the final rewrite on Universal’s upcoming FBI drama Black Mass, based on a previous script by Mark Mallouk and the book of the same name by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. He also scripted Righteous Kill.
The agency has soaked up a lot of name clients signed by incoming agents Rand Holston, David Boxerbaum, Ken Stovitz and Bob Bookman, and here the signing was made by Boxerbaum, Trevor Astbury and Mark Ross. Gewirtz had been at CAA with Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer, and he has been in play since they moved to Resolution. Gewirtz is repped by Patti Felker.
David Boxerbaum, a prolific seller of scripts at APA, has moved to Paradigm, where he has joined the Motion Picture Lit Department. The move was long expected. The agency just issued this announcement internally:
We are pleased to announce that David Boxerbaum has joined Paradigm as an agent in the Motion Picture Lit department in Beverly Hills beginning today. Please join us in welcoming him to Paradigm.
EXCLUSIVE: Ending what turned out to be a brisk week for material, New Line Cinema just closed a spec deal in the $300,000 range for Category Six, a script by John Swetnam for a “found footage” natural disaster movie. The film takes a first-person POV through video cameras and cell phones to tell the story of high school students who try to survive the worst tornado in U.S. history. The film will be produced by Todd Garner through his Broken Road banner. Garner hatched the idea. David Boxerbaum at APA and Jake Wagner made the deal. Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein and Sean Robins will also be involved in producing capacities.
The material market has been sluggish until recently, but this is the latest in a flurry of specs and pitches that sold this week. In fact, Category Six is the second one today that deals with extreme weather: Fox just acquired Riders On The Storm, a pitch that will be penned by Sean O’Keefe about a crew that pulls a series of heists in an extreme weather event. The scribe most recently sold his script Evidence to Bold Films.