Studio buys Shane and Carey Van Dyke spec script
New Line’s getting into business with Dick Van Dyke’s grandsons, purchasing spec script “The Watching Hour” from Shane & Carey Van Dyke.Michael Connolly is producing through his Mad Hatter Entertainment along with Mary Parent and her company Disruption Entertainment. Parent, former head of MGM’s production, formed Disruption and signed a first-look deal at Paramount earlier this year. Former New Line and MGM exec Cale Boyter will also serve in some producer capacity. A handful of studios and independent financiers were circling “Watching,” but New Line made a pre-emptive offer and and took it off the table. Plot details are under wraps other than being described as a horror franchise with sci-fi elements. It’s the first spec sale for the Van Dykes, who also have “Amber Alert” being packaged with Nelson McCormick attached to direct. Connolly most recently co-produced “How to Train Your Dragon” and is prepping the sequel. He’s also producing “Harker,” a re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” at Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and the King Arthur origin story “Pendragon” with New Regency.