WB grabs ‘Death’ for Silver

Weiss' horror pitch concerns teens stumbling on haunted Web site

HOLLYWOOD — Warner Bros. has paid low-six figures to preemptively purchase Michael Weiss’ horror pitch “Deathwatch” for producer Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures/Dark Castle Entertainment and MBST Entertainment.

Pitch, based on an original idea by MBST manager Jonathan Hung, was developed by MBST producers Larry Brezner and Walter Hamada. Pic, described as a cross between “Final Destination” and Japanese horror pic “The Ring,” concerns a group of teenagers who come across a haunted Web site that predicts their future.

Project was brought to Silver senior VP Susan Levin and Warner Bros. director of development Dan Lin.

Dark Castle Entertainment is expected to fast-track the project, which is tentatively skedded for a Halloween 2003 release.

Weiss, repped by MBST and Colden, McKuin & Frankel, is a former Dimension exec and protege of filmmaker Jonathan Hensleigh. He most recently completed writing “Around the World in 80 Days” for Walden Media.

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