Just when it appeared that the spec market had all but dried up, Universal Pictures has preemptively acquired Rodney Rothman’s pitch “The Something” for mid-six figures.
Rothman, who was the youngest head writer in the history of “Late Night With David Letterman,” will write and produce via his newly minted banner.
Story, which the studio is keeping under wraps, is described as an ensemble comedy/horror hybrid set in deep space, similar in tone to Sony’s breakout hit “Zombieland.”
Over the past year, the spec marketplace has become dismal, particularly for original material without talent attachments. In the past 12 months, only a handful of specs have sold that didn’t have a director or thesp attached.
Universal’s Erik Baiers and Anikah McLaren will oversee “The Something” for the studio.
Rothman, who began his career writing for “Letterman,” previously sold his script “Early Bird” to Paramount. He was also an exec producer on “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and a producer on the upcoming “Get Him to the Greek” — both Universal pics. “The Something” marks Rothman’s first solo writing and producing undertaking. Rothman is repped by UTA and 3 Arts.