New Line winds up ‘Watch’

Pitch to be penned by Claflin, Zelman

CANNES — New Line Cinema has picked up pitch “The Watch,” penned by John Claflin and Daniel Zelman (“The Tomb”).

“Watch” is a supernatural horror movie about a team of soldiers on a mission to blow up a bridge to help end World War II. But the soldiers realize they’re fighting not only the Germans, but also an evil spirit sent by the devil, who doesn’t want the war to end.

Middle Fork’s Vernah Harrah and John Goldstone may produce. Stokely Chaffin, senior production exec at New Line, will oversee the project for the studio.

Claflin, Zelman and Jaime Meyer previously wrote “The Longest Night,” which sold to producer Arnold Kopelson and 20th Century Fox two years ago. Jon Klane of the Jon Klane Agency brokered the deal.

Claflin served as director of development for Albert Broccoli on the James Bond film “Goldeneye” for MGM/UA. After setting up “Night” at Fox, Claflin partnered with his college classmate Daniel Zelman to write the spec “The Tomb,” which led to an assignment writing a USA cable network movie called “They Nest.” Claflin and Zelman’s script “Aral Law” recently was optioned by Basecamp Prods.