Universal wins ‘Black Box’ bidding war

Scott Stuber, Madhouse will produce

Universal has won a bidding war for David Guggenheim’s action thriller spec script “Black Box.” Scott Stuber will produce with Madhouse Entertainment.

All the majors except Disney bid for the project, but Universal, which already had a relationship with “Safe House” scribe Guggenheim, beat them out, with DreamWorks chasing hard after seeing Sony win an earlier bidding war for Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s sci-fi spec “Epsilon.”

Story follows the crash of Air Force One on American soil and an investigator’s discovery that the plane was in fact shot down.

Guggenheim is a former US Weekly editor who burst onto Hollywood’s radar with his spec “Safe House,” which Universal acquired and, with producer Stuber, turned into a hit starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Guggenheim was recently tapped to pen the sequel.

He’s repped by Paradigm, Madhouse Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.