Film Roman has partnered with Merv Griffin Enterprises to develop rookie scribe David “Chili” Alvarez’s “Soul Patrol,” a special-effects driven action-adventure-comedy.
Film Roman purchased the script for a low-six-figure sum.
The story centers on a border patrol officer who, after he dies, finds himself sentenced for his sins to the task of guarding the border between hell and Earth — a tough gig when lots of people in hell storm the gates looking for a way out.
Alvarez, who had been writing film summaries for videocassette covers at a Blockbuster store before the “Soul” sale, pitched the idea to Kira Mason, veep of development for Robert Kosberg Prods. Kosberg, along with Griffin, brought the idea to Mitchell Solomon, prexy of feature film for Film Roman.
“I can think of at least six escapees I’d like to return to the patrol. It will be a fun film to make,” said Griffin.
” ‘Soul Patrol’ is an action-packed special effects comedy that will have broad commercial appeal. I look forward to teaming up with Merv,” added Solomon.
Griffin and Film Roman exec veep Jon Vein will serve as exec producers, with Kosberg producing and Mason co-producing.
Alvarez was repped by attorney Richard Solomon at Meyer, Glassman and Gaines. Peter Kaufman negotiated Film Roman’s end of the pact.