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Universal counts to ‘Thirteen’

Studio nabs spec from scribe Benjamin Magid

Universal has preemptively bought Benjamin Magid’s spec “Thirteen” and set it up with U-based Strike Entertainment at Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment.

Production exec Kristel Laiblin brought the project to Strike’s Eric Newman and will oversee.

“Thirteen” centers on possession and is understood to use a mix of found-footage point of views.

The story is reminiscent of 1990’s “Flatliners,” which starred Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland as med school students experimenting with the line between life and death.

Sale closed Friday night.

Magid penned “Pan,” a supernatural take on J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” that is scheduled to go into production later this year with Chris Tuffin, Renee Tab and Weaver producing and Ben Hibon directing.

Magid’s repped by WME and managed by Energy Entertainment.

WME and Energy teamed on last week’s spec sale of scribe Brad Ingelsby’s actioner “Run All Night” to Warner Bros. in a preemptive deal.

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