Revolution inks Petroni for thriller

Project hopes to pick up Roberts as female protag

Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios has closed a deal worth seven figures with scribe Michael Petroni to pen an original supernatural thriller.

The project, which centers on a female protagonist who wakes up to find that her husband is missing, is being earmarked for Julia Roberts, who has already expressed interest in it.

Idea comes from Revolution’s Todd Garner; Roth developed the story during a recent plane ride to Gotham.

Petroni’s credits include “Queen of the Damned” for Warner Bros., based on the Anne Rice novel; and “Revelation,” also for Warner Bros. He also wrote and directed ” ‘Til Human Voices Wake Us,” shot in Petroni’s homeland of Australia, starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter.

Petroni also penned “Miracles,” which is set up at DreamWorks with actor Russell Crowe circling to star and direct. Roger and Stuart Birnbaum, along with Gary Barber, are attached to produce.

Petroni co-wrote “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” for Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures.

Continuing to be active in conceiving and developing projects, Revolution late Wednesday closed a deal with scribe Mike Rich to pen “Dragon Fire” from another idea supplied by Garner. Rich is the former morning drive-time radio jock whose credits include the forthcoming “Finding Forrester,” helmed by Gus Van Sant, and “Rookie,” set up at Disney.

Petroni is repped by UTA, Andrew Deane at Gold/Miller and attorney David Evans. Rich is also repped by UTA.

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