Peter Pruce, who graduated last year from UCLA film school, has already sold his second script — based on the story of Rasputin — to Paramount Studios.
The studio has asked Pruce to do some reshaping on the script before they shop it around for a director.
The film grad’s agent, ICM’s Steve Rabineau, shopped the script around, partly as a writing sample, before selling it to David Kirkpatrick at Paramount.
Rabineau sold Pruce’s first script, the high school comedy “Cheaters,” to Interscope last year.
Pruce said he decided to write about Rasputin because it was a complex story that covered “family, superstition, religion and politics. The script picks up the story when Rasputin arrives in St. Petersburg,” Pruce said.
Pruce said he literally read every book available about Rasputin, a Russian Orthodox priest who became a confidant and healer/psychic for Tsar Nicholas’ wife, the Princess Alexandra.