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Sony Lands ‘Medieval’ Spec, Neal Moritz Producing

Sony is in negotiations to land the action spec “Medieval” with Neal Moritz on board to produce.

The spec was written by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak and was originally at New Regency and 20th Century Fox with Rob Cohen on board to direct. The option on the spec ran out, and it hit the market again, with several studios in the bidding before Sony finally landed it.

Cohen is no longer attached to direct. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.

Story is set in medieval times with a “Dirty Dozen” twist following a group of dishonored knights looking to seek redemption. Given the buzz for Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” which also deals with a group of antiheroes and villains seeking a second chance, it makes sense that this spec gained momentum again when it came back on to the market.

Also, with shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Vikings” becoming more and more popular, studios seem to be looking for more films that are set in the world of knights in shining armor and damsels in distress. Warner Bros. is currently in pre-production on “Knights of the Round Table,” starring Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, and views this property as a major franchise for the studio.

Finch is repped by Verve, and Litvak is repped by UTA.

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