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Universal in talks for Roth’s ‘Bethlehem’

'Huntsman' vfx supervisor to make directorial debut

Universal Pictures is looking to stay in business with “Snow White and the Huntsman” producer Joe Roth, as the studio is in final negotiations to acquire Larry Brenner’s supernatural spec script “Bethlehem,” which Roth Films is producing.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who served as vfx supervisor and second unit director on “Huntsman,” is attached to make his directorial debut with the pic, which Roth will produce with Palak Patel. Story follows a vampire who must protect a group of humans he feeds from to survive from other vampires and shepherd the humans to a safe haven in Bethlehem, Pa.

Despite middling reviews, “Snow White and the Huntsman” grossed $56.2 million in its opening weekend.

Brenner’s script appeared on the Black List and was also a finalist in the 2010 Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition, for which Patel served as a judge.

Brenner previously wrote “Angelology,” which Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment is currently developing. CAA reps Nicolas-Troyan and Brenner, who is also repped by Magnet Management and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.

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