Icon Prods. locks ‘Box’

Gibson outfit outbids WB, Artisan for thriller

Mel Gibson’s Icon Prods. has used its discretionary acquisition fund to swoop in and pick Adam Greenman’s “Lock Box” for development at Paramount Pictures.

Spec is a thriller described by insiders as a “Jerry Maguire”-esque real estate agent in Beverly Hills, whose life unravels when he falls in with a psychotic beauty he meets in the course of showing an estate.

Scribe Greenman is understood to have netted well over half a million dollars for the script, against high six figures, should the project go forward.

His last feature pic was the 1993 romantic comedy “Three of Hearts,” which bowed at New Line starring William Baldwin.

Most recently, scribe has sold a string of telepics to both the Eye and Peacock webs, among them, “Prisoner of Zenda,” “The Almost Perfect Train Robbery” and “Every 9 Seconds.”

In acquiring “Lock Box” for development, Icon edges out both Warner Bros. and Artisan Entertainment, both of which were bidding on the script. Icon prexy Bruce Davey declined to comment on the sale, via a spokesman; Par execs could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

No director is attached as yet.

Greenman was repped by Alan Gasmer at the William Morris Agency, and by attorney Keith Fleer.