Par acquires rights to ‘The Conjurer’

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.

More Film

  • Nabil Ayouch Talks Taboos, Arab Youth,

    Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’

    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 […]

  • Gabrielle Carteris

    SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: 'People Are Feeling Empowered'

    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 […]

  • Dubai Studio: Patrick Stewart Talks Unconventional

    Patrick Stewart on ‘Star Trek’: The ‘Highlight That Had the Biggest Impact on My Life’

    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 […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Oscars: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Takes Aim Below the Line

    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 […]

  • Layoffs Hit Bold Films

    Bold Films Laying Off Half of Its Employees (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

  • Salma Hayek Hitman's Bodyguard

    Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on 'Frida'

    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 […]

  • Peter Debruge Variety Best Films of

    Peter Debruge's 10 Best Films of 2017

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content