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Paramount, Bad Robot nab spec ‘Wunderkind’

Action-thriller follows Nazi hunters from the CIA, Mossad

Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have snapped up action-thriller spec scriptWunderkind” from writer Patrick Aison.

J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk of Bad Robot will produce. H2F’s Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton will exec produce, with Brian McCurley serving as associate producer.

Set in the 1970s, “Wunderkind” follows a young Nazi hunter with the CIA and an older Nazi hunter working for the Mossad. The two become reluctantly intertwined in their hunt.

“Wunderkind” generated high levels of interest within the past two weeks after it garnered bids from four financiers within 48 hours of its initial circulation.

Earlier this year, Bad Robot reupped its first-look deal with Paramount through the end of 2015. Abrams is currently helming and producing “Star Trek 2” through Bad Robot, and its “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” has made nearly $700 million worldwide.

Aison most recently co-wrote with Brad Kean the sci-fi thriller spec “Echo Station,” with the Spierig Brothers (“Daybreakers”) to direct. The $20 million film, financed out of Singapore and Australia, starts production this fall in Australia with Circle of Confusion and H2F producing.

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Aison, a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts masters program, sold his first spec, “Takedowns,” to GreeneStreet Films; Kevin Rodney Sullivan is attached to direct.

Aison is represented by H2F and attorney Peter Sample.

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