Lionsgate closes in on ‘Abduction’

Taylor Lautner is attached to star in thriller

Lionsgate has cut a deal for “Abduction,” a thriller with Taylor Lautner attached to star, following a week-long bidding war over Shawn Christensen’s spec script.

Lionsgate is paying high six figures against seven for the project with the Gotham Group, Vertigo Entertainment and Lautner’s Tailor Made producing.

Lautner recently inked a deal at Universal to topline “Stretch Armstrong.” He’s also committed to two more pics in the “Twilight” franchise along with Mattel’s adaptation of its “Max Steel” spy franchise, set up at Paramount.

Story, based on an idea by Gotham Group’s Jeremy Bell, is focused on a young man who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website. Project was developed on spec by Gotham Group and Vertigo.

Producers include Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman, Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison and Tailor Made’s Dan Lautner. Gotham Group’s Bell and Vertigo’s Gabriel Mason are exec producing.

It’s the first spec sale for the newly minted tenpercentery Verve, which reps Christensen. He’s also repped by Caliber Media.

Lautner is repped by WME and Management 360

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