Universal Pictures, in a preemptive offer, snagged a 12-page treatment by 23-year-old Ben Queen called “Totally ’80s,” sources said Wednesday.
The studio paid $175,000 against $350,000 for the treatment, which comes with Warren Zide and Craig Perry attached to produce.
Treatment was about a teenager who doesn’t fit in the present day. He wakes up one morning and finds himself in the 1980s. When he goes to school, he finds that the movies and music he loves from the 1990s don’t exist yet.
The project was created by Queen through Zide’s management and production company at Disney.
Zide exec Chris Bender helped bring Queen and the treatment into the company. Queen, 23, recently graduated from USC’s film program. His spec “One Track Mind” is out to a number of studios. And he’s working on “The Cheapies” for Zide to produce.
U senior VP Allison Brecker and director of development Chris Salvaterra will oversee the project for the studio.
The deal was brokered by ICM agents Ben Smith and Mallory Eisenstein.