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Universal Taps ‘Annabelle’ Writer for Sci-Fi ‘Crime of the Century’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Annabelle” screenwriter Gary Dauberman has come on board sci-fi pic “Crime of the Century” for Universal Pictures.

The project has been in development since 2011, when Universal optioned a pitch from producer Chris Morgan based on an original idea by Daniel Kunka and Dan Trachtenberg.

Dauberman wrote the upcoming “Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle,” set for an Oct. 3 release by New Line. The scribe has been active at New Line, working on “Into the Storm,” “Watching Hour” and the latest installments of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Final Destination.” He broke into the business by selling his spec “Burst” to Mandate and Sam Raimi.

The logline for “Crime of the Century” is under wraps, but has been described in the past as a group of thieves using time travel. Trachtenberg is attached to direct and is currently in pre-production on his debut feature for Bad Robot at Paramount.

Universal-based Morgan wrote the last five installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and has been teamed with Alex Kurtzman to reboot the studio’s classic monster franchises from a library that includes Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon. The first title will be “The Mummy” reboot with a plan to release the latest installment April 22, 2016.

Morgan is set to produce “Crime of the Century” through his Chris Morgan Productions shingle with Ainsley Davies overseeing development for the company. Jon Mone and Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.

Dauberman is represented by ICM, DMG Entertainment and attorney Eric Suddleson. Trachtenberg is represented by ICM and Oasis Media Group. Morgan is represented by ICM and attorney Jeff Frankel of McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead, LLP.

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