DreamWorks has acquired the spec script “Provocative” from scribe Steven Barancik (“The Last Seduction”) in a deal valued at low- to midsix figures.
Storyline follows an honest policeman who is betrayed by his fellow officers. Soon after, he falls in with a sexy lawyer who seduces him and convinces him to go against everything he believes to bring down the conspiring cops.
Pic will be produced by MGM-based Lindsay Doran, via her Three Strange Angels Motion Pictures banner. DreamWorks’ theatrical production exec Paul Lister is overseeing pic’s development with production prexy Mike De Luca.
Doran developed the script with Barancik for several months and praised the script for having what she called “morally complex characters” occupied with “seduction, obsession, betrayal and revenge.”
De Luca confirmed the spec will be sent out to directors by month’s end.
Meanwhile, Doran has set up scribe Zach Helm’s romantic comedy-fantasy “The DisAssociate” at MGM, where she’ll also serve as sole pic producer.
Barancik was repped by the Sanford-Gross Agency.