Col hangs $1.25 mil on thriller ‘Frames’

Heist pic to be produced by Red Wagon

In an unusually feverish summer comes a pitch with a fittingly incandescent price tag. Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett’s thriller, “Frames” has sold to Columbia Pictures in a deal valued at $800,000 against $1.25 million.

Creative details of “Frames” are being kept close to the vest by the studio, but insiders familiar with the talks called it “a sophisticated adult thriller” that involves a heist and is set in New York during a snowstorm.

Pitch will be developed and produced by Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick’s Col-based Red Wagon Prods. and by company prexy Gail Lyon.

Flackett and Levin are writing the romantic comedy “The Jester,” also for Red Wagon, and penned the spec “Wimbledon” for Universal-based Working Title Films, the latter of which is said to be eyeing Hugh Grant and Charlize Theron as possible stars.

Columbia’s exec veepee of production Amy Baer will supervise the pic’s development for the studio.

Deal was brokered by Ben Smith and Mike Eisner at International Creative Management, who rep Flackett and Levin. The writing duo is also repped by attorney Don Wallerstein. They are managed by Hofflund Polone.

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