In one of the more expensive spec sales in years, two unproduced scribes have sold their fantastical spec “The Passion of the Ark” to Sony’s Columbia Pictures for $1.5 million against $2.5 million.
Scribes Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg’s modern-day tale of an unmarried man approached by God to build an ark to save the world from a second flood whetted the interest of all major studios, including Warners, Fox, and U. But it was Neal Moritz’s Col-based Original Films shingle that prevailed, with Original exec Ori Marmur bringing in the red hot spec.
“We knew we wanted to do something mythological,” said the Endeavor-repped Florsheim, adding, “and so we looked at everything from the Easter Bunny to Noah. And we thought, ‘Hmmm. Bunnies. Animals. Noah. This could work.’ ”
Pic will be produced by Moritz, with Dave Phillips and Matt Luber at Nine Yards Entertainment executive producing.
Col co-prexy of production Matt Tolmach will oversee its development for the studio.