MGM visits ‘Purgatory’ with Voll

Lion paroles scribe's fire-fighting convicts story

MGM Studios has snatched up scribe Danny Voll’s pitch, “Purgatory,” for producer David Hoberman, whose Hyde Park Prods. has a first-look deal with the studio.

MGM paid low- against mid-six figures.

“Purgatory” tells the story of prisoners recruited to fight forest fires.

“When he first told me about it, I didn’t actually believe they let these people fight fires,” Hoberman said. “So the incredulity factor is a big part of what sold it.”

The scribe is adapting for the screen, with Cecilia Peck, his Esquire article about a brother and sister who fall in love, start a family and wind up in prison. Cary Woods is producing the film; Voll and Peck will co-produce.

Voll also recently finished “Patriots,” a screenplay for Oliver Stone and director Marc Levin. It depicts a group of extremist soldiers in the 82nd Airborne who turn their guns on American citizens.

In addition, Voll is working on an untitled fictional project for HBO about a family and their rebellious son. Goldie Hawn’s Cherry Alley is producing the film.

MGM senior production veep Elizabeth Carroll brought the project to MGM. No one from the studio was available for comment.

Voll is repped by ICM’s Danny Greenberg and Nicole Clemens in Los Angeles, and the agency’s Heather Schroder in New York.