Studio acquires screen rights to western

Universal has acquired screen rights to “The Creed of Violence,” a father-son redemption story set in the West.

The unpublished novel was written by Boston Teran.

Story, set in 1910, revolves around an estranged father and son trying to thwart an arms smuggling ring bringing weapons to Mexico.

The novel caught fire among studios after the Natasha Kern Literary Agency submitted it to book publishers. Universal, which hasn’t yet assigned a producer, made an aggressive offer and took the book off the table.

Several foreign territory publishing deals have already been made, but no U.S. publisher has been selected.

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