In one of the first deals bringing a Hollywood-sized script pricetag to the U.K., David Heyman, head of London-based Heyday Films, has signed unproduced scribe Darren Bailie to a three-picture deal for Warner Bros.
Financials of the deal are described as being in the upper- to mid-six figures up front against a high-mid-six figure back end.
Buzz among the Brit lit agent and filmmaking community centered on Bailie’s spec script “Havoc,” a period piece about British rule in Ireland. Under the deal with Bailie, however, Heyman and Warner Bros. acquired a spy thriller set in London, and the rights to two other screenplays, all of which are to be produced by Heyday, in the U.K.
No start date has been set for the first film, according to a Warner Bros. spokesperson.
Heyman, a production exec at Warner for two years during the 1980s, cemented a first-look deal with Warner Bros. early this year, establishing him as the studio’s advance guard in the discovery of new talent in Great Britain.
“Our intention in joining forces with David Heyman was to identify British talent as it is emerging,” said Bill Gerber and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, presidents of worldwide theatrical production for Warner Bros. “We wanted to be ahead of the awareness curve and David’s network of contacts has made that possible.”
The Bailie pact is Heyday’s first under his arrangement with Warner. Heyman is also producing, with Neal Moritz, the Warners’ Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fier “I am Legend,” to be directed by Ridley Scott with a planned fall start.
Bailie was repped St. John Donald of Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, and ICM’s Nick Reed and Leora Bloch.