Producer Gary Lucchesi is launching into the fantasy-horror business with the purchase of the spec screenplay “The Conjurer,” it was confirmed Friday.Written by Rand Ravich and Stephen Berger, “The Conjurer” was sent out to studios on Wednesday. Paramount Pictures tendered a preemptive bid of $ 200,000 against $ 600,000 on Thursday afternoon. Lucchesi said “The Conjurer” was deemed a “completely unique subject matter — a movie that could be made at a reasonable price and has tremendous upside potential.” Paramount was aggressive in dealing for the rights to “The Conjurer.” The studio reportedly tendered its bid with a 10-minute, take-it-or-leave-it trigger attached. The project adds to what is emerging as an eclectic development slate for Lucchesi. He is currently juggling such projects as the sequel to “Ghost,” the adaptation of novelist WIlliam Diehl’s “Primal Fear” and the Michelle Pfeiffer starrer “O’Keefe,” which is a producing partnership between Lucchesi and Kate Guinzburg. The log line on the “Conjurer” reads: A boy reaches a secret level of a video game, which comes to life, plunging him into a world of violent magic. United Talent Agency’s John Lesher represented the screenplay and brokered the deal. Lesher represents Ravich.
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