Co. slate includes thriller 'Need,' 'Wedlock'

HOLLYWOOD — Steve Tisch, Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal’s Escape Artists has inked a deal with scribe Karl Bakke to develop a project based on Bakke’s screenplay “Control.”

Deal is worth mid-five against mid-six figures.

Thriller follows two estranged brothers placed in a harrowing position by a serial bomber terrorizing New York City. Bakke, repped by Broder Kurland Webb Uffner, wrote for Glen Larson on the Tribune Entertainment/Village Roadshow television co-production “Night Man.”

Escape Artists’ slate includes the psychological thriller “Need,” with Luis Mandoki attached to direct; “Wedlock,” an adult black comedy with Meg Ryan on board; “Knowing,” a supernatural thriller; and “Nautica,” a mystery suspense drama.

Escape Artists is an independently financed film production company formed through the merger of the Steve Tisch Co. and Black and Blumenthal’s Columbia-based Black and Blu Entertainment. Escape Artists distributes its films domestically via Columbia Pictures and internationally via Summit Entertainment.

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