Roadshow takes ‘Furies’ pitch for Punch project

Murphy/Horta pitch grabbed for mid six figures

Australia’s Village Roadshow is going Greek with the purchase of Ryan Murphy and Silvio Horta’s pitch “The Furies” for a mid-six-figure sum for Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Prods., sources said Monday.

Project will be an updated version of the Euripides myth about the Furies, a group of men and women who were tormented in society and forced to come back in a non-corporeal state and seek revenge on their tormentors.

In the Murphy/Horta version, the Furies will be a group of geeks from high school who come back, after a deadly accident, to their high school class’s five-year reunion.

Producers include Punch’s Hoffman, Lee Gottsegen, Jay Cohen and Joanne Moore, as well as Tavel Entertainment manager Gina Matthews, who repped the scribes in the deal.

Village Roadshow chief executive Bruce Berman made the deal for the project. It was unclear whether the pic will be financed through the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow deal or by Roadshow on its own through Punch. Roadshow VP of development Marina Glass will oversee the pic.

Murphy’s credits include “Keeper of the Flame,” which Working Title is producing with Peter Chan helming, and “A Thousand Kisses” at Warner Bros. as a vehicle for George Clooney.

Horta’s “Urban Legend” sold as a pitch in August and was jumped into pre-production. Production starts April 20.

Todd Harris of William Morris Agency led the deal for Murphy. Horta was represented by Kimber Wheeler of HWA.

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