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Johnson flies to bug thriller

'Orphan' scribe set to write 'The Colony'

“Orphan” scribe David Leslie Johnson will write “The Colony” for Participant Media and Vertigo Entertainment.

The thriller is based on a pitch by Stacy Title and Jonathan Penner. It’s described as “The Birds” with bugs.

Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison produce along with Steven Schneider.

Producers took the project to Participant, which bought it with the initial intention to develop and finance the film inhouse. Jonathan King and Erin Stam are Participant’s execs on the project.

It’s the second project Johnson is writing for Vertigo, where he’s also adapting Oz thriller “Lake Mungo.” That pic is set up at Paramount.

“Orphan,” Johnson’s first produced script, bows in theaters via Warner Bros. this Friday.

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