NEW YORK — Actress-turned-screenwriter Heather Thomas has notched her second deal at Disney, as David Vogel’s Hollywood Pictures paid mid- against high six-figures for her pitch “Legacies,” a horror film with comic elements set at a college sorority house. Tom Jacobson will produce.
Writing has become a fallback position for the former “The Fall Guy” star, best known during that series for posing for what became the bestselling pinup poster of its day. Thomas made her first sale with her spec script “School Slut,” about a girl wrongly accused of being promiscuous, for producer Jacobson at Touchstone.
This time, Thomas moved over to Hollywood, where execs Jessica Swirnoff and Paige Goldberg brought in the project, working with Jacobson’s Jim Weida.
“I was in a sorority at UCLA and this is a horror movie set at a sorority, and yet it’s also about the intricate details of the twisted egalitarian society that sororities are,” said Thomas.
Through the bizarre circumstance of a fire drill that occurred as Thomas launched into her pitch, she felt like a pledge going through hazing.
“I’m pitching, and right when I’m getting to the reveal, the fire alarm goes off, and there’s all these studio firemen drunk with power who are forcing everybody to leave,” she said. “I had to do the rest of the pitch near this reflecting pool in the parking lot. There are all these people standing around, and I’m playing all these characters and being very animated. I look around and there are these gardeners and janitors following along and listening.”
Despite the logistical problems, Hollywood bought it right away, both because of Thomas’ humorous take, and also the fact that “Scream” has turned coeds in danger into big business. “I wasn’t going to let a fire drill ruin my sale,” she said. Thomas, who’s also acting in an indie movie called “Candy,” is repped by Writers & Artists agent Larry Kennar.