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Scribe Specktor rides ‘Transit’ for U, @radical

Script based on Hazzard novel set during the Cold War

HOLLYWOOD — “The Cell” exec producer @radical.media has inked a deal with Universal Pictures to develop the Shirley Hazzard novel “Transit of Venus,” with tyro scribe Matthew Specktor penning the script.

The 1981 novel, which won the National Book Critics Circle award, is owned by U, which gave @radical and Specktor an option on the property in exchange for first look at Specktor’s script.

Set during the Cold War, “Venus” tells the story of two orphan sisters as they leave Australia to start a new life in England.

Jane Long of @radical brought the project to the company and will oversee its development with Jack Lechner. Co-proprietors of the company Jon Kamen and Frank Scherma will exec produce.

Long and Specktor have been pursuing this project since she worked for him in 1997, when he oversaw Fox 2000’s Gotham office. Prior to that, Specktor was VP of development for Jersey Films.

Specktor is repped by CAA. Negotiating on @radical’s behalf was Sabrina Padwa, head of business affairs.

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