Andrew Lauren Prods. is aiming to develop a horror project based on the life of gun heiress Sarah Winchester and has tapped Peter J. Tomasi to script.
Also, Lauren (“The Squid and the Whale”) named P. Jennifer Dana as president of the shingle, with the Winchester film tabbed as her debut project. Prexy post is newly created.
Winchester is best known for the home she built continuously for 38 years after moving to San Jose, Calif., in 1884. The structure has 950 doors, 47 fireplaces, 40 bedrooms and 1,257 windows.
“Many believe that her obsession in building the 160-room mansion was likely based on spiritual advice or, more specifically, was given to her by spirits who died at gunpoint by a Winchester gun,” Lauren said.
Lauren’s shingle also is developing “Cast of Shadows,” based on the best-selling thriller about a bereaved father obsessed with the unsolved murder of his daughter, and “Capture the Flag,” a story of teams from several nations competing to create reusable space vehicles to retrieve the U.S. flag planted on the moon in 1969. Nicole Perlman is writing the script for “Flag.
Dana recently produced Adam Rapp’s “Winter Passing” as well as “Brother’s Shadow.”
Tomasi wrote “The Bridge.”
CAA negotiated deals for both Dana and the Winchester project. Tomasi is repped by CAA.