Horror Hooks Prufrock

Meg & Co tight-lipped about teen thriller

Actress Meg Ryan and her production company Prufrock Pictures have christened their first-look deal with Castle Rock with the swift preemptive buy, for a reported mid- against high-six figures, of a teen horror feature pitch from the writing team of Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

The production companies are keeping quiet about story-related details of the project.

“There was something really fresh about it in the realm of teen movies,” said Nina R. Sadowsky, Prufrock production prexy. “It’s not just a scarefest – it takes a normal teen emotion of rebelliousness and blows it out to operatic proportions.”

The pitch purchase was also Castle Rock’s first motion picture deal since major backing from a combined co-financing agreement of Warner Bros. and Polygram kicked in at the start of the year.

“This project is a teen thriller that delivers great twists and turns,” said Liz Glotzer, president of production at Castle Rock. “We all responded to the story immediately.”

Slavkin and Swimmer have sold a number of pitches around town, but none yet have matured into motion pictures.

Prufrock most recently had a first-look deal at Fox 2000. The company is about to go into production on the Janusz Kaminski-helmed “Lost Souls” for New Line.

Rob Carlson at the William Morris Agency repped Slavkin and Swimmer.

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