‘Seven’ scripter sells ‘8’

Andrew Kevin Walker, who scripted the box office hit “Seven,” has just sold his next spec, the dark and edgy “8 Millimeter” to Columbia Pictures for what sources said was $750,000 against $1.25 million.

The deal ends a bidding war that began Monday of last week when the spec first went to producer Scott Rudin who had a 48-hour first-look at the property. After Paramount passed, Columbia Pictures president and newly named TriStar president of production Chris Lee scooped up the script, and both wanted to bid on it. However, Sony management decided that it would go to Columbia.

“8 Millimeter” was described by those who read it as compelling, but tough. The story takes place in the porno, snuff-video world. The story is a detective thriller about a woman who finds a porno snuff film in the vault of her deceased husband and hires an investigator to find out why he has the video.

By Thursday, Arnold Kopelson, who produced “Seven,” and MGM’s Michael Nathanson stepped up to the plate. Columbia exec Matt Tolmac was said to be instrumental in bringing the property into the film label.

The project will be produced by Hofflund/Polone’s Judy Hofflund and Gavin Polone, the latter of whom brokered the deal.

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