New Line Cinema has committed to “The Pledge,” and has contracted scribe Michael Apostolina to turn the 20-page treatment into a screenplay.
“The Pledge” is a dark comedy set in a sorority house.
Indie production company Tapestry Films brought the project to New Line. Tapestry hopes to produce the pic for the studio, although the parties have not yet come to terms.
Tapestry veep Jennifer Gibgot came up with the idea for the story, which she took to Apostolina.
She knew the scribe from “Fear the Reaper,” a teen thriller that Apostolina and his late writing partner, Bob Sugalski, scripted for Touchstone Pictures.
Gibgot was mum on plot specifics of “Pledge,” which she claimed would be “dark and funny, with a good twist.”
Pledges appear to be popular. In April Polygram stepped up to the plate for a project with the same title for director Phillip Noyce and his Rumbalara Films. Polygram’s “Pledge,” which is set in a fraternity house, is based on a novel by Rob Kean.
Gibgot and Apostolina pitched their “Pledge” to New Line reader Bryan Hickel, creative exec Cindy Guidry and executive veepee of production Lynn Harris, all of whom will oversee its development for the studio.
Apostolina, who will earn mid-six figures for his efforts on “Pledge,” scripted another dark comedy, “Planet Deb,” for New Line along with Sugalski.
That project has Dan Rosen (“Dead Man’s Curve”) attached to direct and a provisional September start date.
Tapestry, headed by producers Peter Abrams and Robert Levy, produced “Point Break” and Disney’s “Jane Austen’s Mafia!” among other pics. The company is about to start shooting “She’s All That” for Miramax Films.
Tapestry also has the romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner” in development at Fine Line Features, New Line’s specialty division.
Apostolina was repped by APA’s Adam Shulman, his manager Danielle Knight and attorney David Colden.
Senior vice president of legal and business affairs David Alper negotiated for the studio.