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Paramount seeks the ‘Heat’

Studio picks up George Mahaffey's spec script

Paramount has scooped up tyro scribe George Mahaffey’s spec script “Heatseekers” for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes to produce.

Studio paid in the six figures. Pact was good news for writers and agents, since spec deals are becoming few and far between as major studios trim their development budgets.

An action pic, “Heatseekers” revolves around a former military pilot who takes on a group of aerial pirates.

Producers are Bay and Platinum Dune colleagues Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

Mahaffey’s previous scripts are “Open Season,” an original pitch picked up by Thousand Words, and “Airborne” for Arnold Kopleson.

No director is yet attached to the project.

Platinum Dunes and New Line are in theaters this weekend with reboot “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

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