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Paramount Lands Pitch From Platinum Dunes and ‘Saw IV’ Scribes (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire an untitled pitch with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes banner producing and “Saw IV” scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan writing.

Michael Chaves, who wrote and directed the short “The Maiden,” is attached to direct.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources describe it as a supernatural horror-thriller that takes place on a global scale.

Already in 2016, Platinum Dunes has bowed “The Purge: Election Year,” which became the highest-grossing pic in the series, and “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” which bowed this weekend to $13 million on a $9 million budget. It also has a new “Jack Ryan” series at Amazon going into production next year.

The banner has also been busy on the pitch market, setting up the spec “Northeast Kingdom” with Alex R. Johnson to direct.

The film marks the biggest production yet for Chaves, whose profile rose significantly following the release of “The Maiden,” which generated buzz online.

Along with “Saw IV,” Melton and Dunstan’s past credits include “The Collector” and “Piranha 3DD.” Melton, Dunstan, and Chaves are all repped by Paradigm.

Melton and Dunstan are also repped by Underground.

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