Beacon Pictures has picked up an untitled contemporary horror pitch from the scribe team of Agatha Hamczakowski-Dominik and Robin Lister in a deal that will be worth $400,000 if the pic is made.
Mark Johnson and Romi Straussman will produce under the Mark Johnson Prods. banner. Beacon will co-finance with Universal, which will handle distribution.
The deal marks the first project that Beacon has brought into Universal under the terms of its new deal. Beacon, which is due out this year with “Air Force One” for Sony Pictures Entertainment, recently ended a production and co-financing pact with Sony.
Pitch was described as an elegant urban horror story about a young professional couple and the force of evil that comes between them.
Beacon exec VP of production Jon Shestack likened the project to Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby.”
“What ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ did for motherhood, this film will do for marriage,” Shestack said.
The writing team has penned several scripts, including “All the King’s Horses” for Steve Tisch’s production company.
Hamczakowski-Dominik was formerly a creative exec at TriStar Pictures. Lister was involved in L.A. real estate.
Jordan Bayer and Matt Leipzig of Original Artists brokered the deal.