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Mouse house buys ‘Manor’

Reed, Jacobson to o'see contemporary thriller

Richard Jefferies has sold an original pitch entitled “Cold Creek Manor” to the Walt Disney Co. for mid against high six figures.

Jason Reed, Buena Vista Motion Picture Group senior veep, brought the project into the Mouse House and will oversee its development along with prexy Nina Jacobson.

“Manor” is a contemporary thriller about a city family that moves to the country, only to find the dream turn into a nightmare when the previous owner of the property returns from prison to demand his house back.

Jefferies adapted the book “The Truth Machine” for Village Roadshow/Warner Bros., with Denise Di Novi attached to produce. His credits include Fox’s “The Silver Surfer.” He also wrote the futuristic remake of “The Searchers,” set up at Warner Bros. with Phillip Noyce attached to direct.

He exec produced the upcoming indie feature “Twice as Dead.”

Jefferies — who recently switched agencies from Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner to ICM, where he is repped by Nicole Clemens and Brian Sher — is writing “Tron 2.0” for Disney, to be produced by Steven Lisberger and overseen by Reed.

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