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Artisan finds ‘Lost’ spec

Goyer to produce multiple personalities thriller

HOLLYWOOD — Artisan Pictures has inked to pick up “The Lost,” a spec thriller from tyro scribes Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie in a deal approaching low-six figures.

In “The Lost,” a psychiatrist is asked to evaluate a woman who’s been diagnosed with multiple personalities; he becomes obsessed with her case once his analysis suggests the multiple “personalities” are actually murder victims.

David S. Goyer, whose multiple personalities include screenwriter, director and producer, will produce. Goyer last penned both of New Line Cinema’s “Blade” pics and recently made his helming debut on Franchise Pictures’ dramatic thriller “Zigzag.”

Exec producing chores on “Lost” will be handled by Darby Parker, and Benderspink principals Chris Bender and J.C. Spink. Deal marks Benderspink’s third sale in a week, having sold Michael Kingston spec “Nevermore” to New Line (Daily Variety, June 24) and brokered the sale of the lit rights to “In Her Shoes” by bestselling novelist Jennifer Weiner to Fox 2000 (Daily Variety, June 26).

At Artisan, pic’s development will be supervised by Artisan Pictures development directors Erik Baiers and Rachel Murray, who’ll report to Richard Saperstein, Artisan Pictures’ prexy of development and production.

Scribes were repped in the deal by the Broder Kurland Webb Uffner percentery and are managed by Darby Parker and Benderspink.

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