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.