Kassar co. buys Hill’s spy spec

Mario Kassar’s MK Prods. has acquired Lance Hill’s spec script “The Way It Ends” in a mid-six-figure against $1 million preemptive bid.

The screenplay focuses on a computer surveillance spy who falls in love with the wife of a sinister global arms dealer on whom he is spying.

The script, which went on the market Monday evening, was brought into MK by senior VP John Michael Maas and director of development Sherryl Clark.

Kassar and MK president of production Joel Michaels read the script early Wednesday morning and closed the deal later that same day.

The company beat out Fox 2000 and Morgan Creek, which reportedly were both interested in the script.

Hill, who also uses the pseudonym David Lee Henry, has written three novels including the bestseller “Evil That Men Do.” He’s also penned more than 20 scripts including the 1991 Steven Seagal starrer “Out for Justice” and the 1989 Patrick Swayze actioner “Road House.”

Hill also co-wrote the film “8 Million Ways to Die” with Oliver Stone. He was repped in the deal by Richard Arlook of the Gersh Agency.

MK Prods., which signed a first-look deal with Paramount in January of 1996, has yet to get a film before the cameras for the studio.

Kassar, the former topper of Carolco Pictures, was exec producer on such blockbuster actioners as “Terminator 2,” “Total Recall” and “Rambo: First Blood Part 2.”

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