Morgan Creek buys thriller spec

WB to distrib Cohen-penned pic domestically

Morgan Creek Prods. has made a mid-six figure deal to acquire the thriller spec “Man Alive” by Larry Cohen, the writer of Joel Schumacher’s upcoming “Phone Booth.”

Like “Phone Booth,” the story of “Man Alive” unfolds over only a few hours as a fugitive tries to save the life of her alleged murder victim.

“Man Alive” will be produced by Morgan Creek principal Jim Robinson, with prexy Guy McElwaine serving as executive producer. Warner Bros. Pictures will handle the film domestically. Warners and Morgan Creek Intl. will distribute overseas.

Cohen’s credits also include “Cellular,” which is in preproduction at New Line Cinema with producer Dean Devlin.

As a writer, director and producer, Cohen’s credits include “It’s Alive,” “Black Caesar” and “Hell Up In Harlem.”

Cohen also penned “Best Seller” starring James Woods and Brian Dennehy, “Guilty as Sin” directed by Sidney Lumet and “I, The Jury” starring Armand Assante, based on the Mickey Spillane novel.

Morgan Creek recently completed production on “The Family Business,” a musical comedy starring Craig Ferguson and Charlotte Church. “The Family Business” is scheduled for release through Warners on March 15.

In November, Morgan Creek will begin principal photography in Morocco and Rome on the prequel to “The Exorcist,” which is now titled “Exorcist: The Beginning.” Starring Stellan Skarsgard and Gabriel Mann, the film will be directed by Paul Schrader and is scheduled for release through Warners in July.

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