In a deal worth $400,000 against $1 million, Universal and Imagine Entertainment topper Brian Grazer bought “Inside Man,” a spec script by neophyte scribe Russell Gewirtz that will be developed as a possible directing vehicle for Grazer’s Imagine partner Ron Howard.

Gewirtz, a lawyer-turned-scribe,crafted a crime thriller that revolves around a hostage situation at a bank, with a tough cop matching wits with a clever robber.

CAA brokered the deal and Daniel Rosenberg, who developed the script with the scribe, will be exec producer.

The script had several suitors, but execs Scott Stuber and Donna Langley were able to persuade the scribe to take a U turn.