MGM cottons to ‘Bounty’

Location shooting to begin later this year

MGM will visit some of its bounty on tyro screenwriter John Patrick Nelson for his script, “Bounty,” which will be a low-budget feature produced for the Lion by Zide/Perry Entertainment (“Final Destination,” “American Pie”).

MGM described the actioner as “a legendary gunman tackles a supernatural killer in the Old West, in a story that gives a modern spin to a classic genre.” The killer long thought dead has resurfaced, and the gunman is a bounty hunter trying to track him down.

Nelson’s deal was for low- against mid-six figures, for a film expected to have a budget of less than $15 million. Location shooting is planned to begin later this year, and Zide/Perry is now seeking to attach a director. MGM’s Quentin Curtis and production prexy Alex Gartner will be supervising executives on the project.

First-timer Nelson, who has been working as an assistant to another writer, has no agent, but was represented in the deal by attorney Jason C. Sloane of law firm Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Sloane. Nelson, 28, is a grad of USC’s graduate screenwriting program and a Phoenix native.

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