‘Darkness’ looms for Eagle Cove, Panoptic

Lyons novel is a college thriller set on an Ivy League campus

Eagle Cove/Deluxe Entertainment and Panoptic Pictures have joined forces to develop a feature based on the unpublished novel “Darkness in Him” by Andrew Lyons.

Producers Tony Ludwig and Alan Riche (“Deep Blue Sea,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Family Man”) will produce the film with Panoptic partners Ron Wechsler and Jeff Davidson exec producing. Joel Gotler of AMG/Renaissance recently sold the publishing rights to St. Martins Press in a low to mid-six figure deal. Book is expected to be published in Fall 2002.

The manuscript was brought into the company by Panoptic director of development Danny Llewelyn.

College caper

“Him,” a college thriller set on an Ivy League campus, is the story of a pre-law student whose perfect life is disrupted when he gets a fraternity brother’s girlfriend pregnant and opts to kill her rather than suffer the consequences.

Lyons, a former production assistant to “Access Hollywood,” signed with Panoptic’s management arm PP/M, which turned the book rights over to Gotler for sale. Lyons is repped by AMG/Renaissance and PP/M with attorney Peter Grossman.

In the works

Panoptic and its management arm recently signed a three-year production management deal with commercial producer Stoney Road Prods., which is currently in pre-production with David Kirkpatrick’s Original Voices on “Mini’s First Time,” for director Nick Guthe, “Tempting Fate” for director Roberto Benabib (“Little City”) and “Akeelah and the Bee” for director Doug Atchinson.

Stoney Road’s group of companies include Bedford Falls Commercial Group, Reactor Films, M-80 Films and Great Guns.

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