Universal wins ‘Black Box’ bidding war

Scott Stuber, Madhouse will produce

Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment.

All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an earlier bidding war for Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s sci-fi spec “Epsilon.”

Story follows the crash of Air Force One on American soil and an investigator’s discovery that the plane was in fact shot down.

Guggenheim is a former US Weekly editor who burst onto Hollywood’s radar with his spec “Safe House,” which Universal acquired and, with producer Stuber, turned into a hit starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Guggenheim was recently tapped to pen the sequel.

He’s repped by Paradigm, Madhouse Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

More Film

  • 'The Guilty' Review: Lives On The

    Sundance Film Review: 'The Guilty'

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

  • Steve Bersch Clint Culpepper

    Screen Gems Shake-Up: Clint Culpepper Steps Down, Steve Bersch Takes Over (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

  • Hearts Beat Loud Sundance

    Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to 'Hearts Beat Loud'

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

  • American Animals

    Sundance 2018: Films, Stars & Cultural Moments Gain Early Buzz on Twitter

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

  • Human Affairs

    Slamdance Kicks Off, Prepares to Debut Its Russo Brothers Fellowship

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

  • PGA Honorees 2018

    PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

  • Valerian Movie

    French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017

    Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment. All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content