Studio captures Sobel script
Columbia Pictures has bought the disaster spec “Animals” from first-time writer and former criminal lawyer Mike Sobel.Neal Moritz is producing through his Sony-based Original Film shingle. Contemporary-set story chronicles what happens when all the world’s animals turn on humans and take back the planet. Sobel, who was practicing law in New York, moved to Los Angeles a year ago to pursue a writing career and penned “Animals,” his first screenplay. Deal is pegged at mid-six figures. Trevor Engelson and Nick Osbourne are executive producing.