U, Weitz bros. buy eco-pitch

Scribe duo nab mid-six figures

Screenwriting partners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler have sold an untitled pitch about an eco-challenge to Universal Pictures and the Weitz brothers’ production shingle, Depth of Field.

Scribes, who came out of TV writing and have recently penned a number of high-profile studio features, will be paid in the mid-six figures.

The story centers on a group of dissatisfied twentysomethings who seek to reinvent themselves by participating in an eco-challenge — a lengthy endurance race over adventurous terrain.

As TV writers, the WMA-repped team had an overall deal at Sony. They’ve since broken into features, writing “Quail Hollow” for Artisan, “Raising Helen” for Hyde Park and Disney and “The Shaggy Dog” for Disney and producer Robert Simonds.

The eco-challenge project will be produced by Chris and Paul Weitz and Depth of Field production head Andrew Miano. Universal VP Matt Jackson will oversee it with production co-prexy Mary Parent.

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