NEW YORK — In a deal worth mid-six figures, New Line has landed the Jesse Wigutow pitch “Silicon Alley” for a drama said to have the keen interest of Brad Pitt.
Wigutow’s writing has been a magnet for the star of “The Mexican.” Pitt was set to topline Wigutow’s first script, “Urban Townie,” until Warner Bros. nixed the film over budget concerns. And Pitt is eyeing a “Seven” reteam with David Fincher on “Seared,” an adaptation of the Anthony Bourdain novel “Kitchen Confidential,” which Wigutow is writing for New Line.
“Silicon Alley” is a coming-of-age story set in the dot-com world. A business school grad gets a job in an investment banking firm and completes a huge IPO for an Internet magnate. Sucked into the client’s glamorous world, the young man is manipulated by the mentor and loses himself and his ideals in the process.
The sale was a speedy one, as several studios showed interest due to the possible involvement of Pitt. Wigutow’s UTA agents closed the deal Friday night. Wigutow’s managers, J.C. Spink and Chris Bender, will produce the film, and New Line execs Lynn Harris and Richard Brenner were key in the transaction.
Wigutow put himself on the map with “Urban Townie,” a film that seemed ready to go into production with Pitt starring as a disenfranchised youth who flees his rich Gotham trappings and relocates to the Midwest.
The film was going to be directed by Mark Romanek and then Mike Figgis, but WB brass balked at the pricetag for what was described as a very dark drama.
The scribe is now adapting “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” a top chef’s wild memoir of his decadent lifestyle. Fincher and his Indelible Pictures partner Art Linson are producing the project, retitled “Seared.”