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Netflix Wins Bidding War for ‘Power,’ White Hot Spec Script (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix has swooped in and nabbed “Power,” a spec script from Mattson Tomlin that was drawing a lot of interest and bids from multiple studios.

Details of the project are being kept under wraps, as is the sale’s price, but this was a hot one. “Power” is a sci-fi thriller and will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The pair are long-time collaborators. They recently partnered on 2016’s “Nerve,” a thriller with James Franco and Emma Roberts that was a sleeper hit for Lionsgate. They also directed “Viral,” a twisty horror movie about a deadly contagion that came out the same year.

Joost and Schulman got their start with “Catfish,” a 2010 documentary about a young man whose internet romance takes an unexpected turn. The film was later turned into an MTV series of the same name. In addition, the pair directed “Paranormal Activity 3” and “Paranormal Activity 4.”

Tomlin (pictured) is a 2014 graduate of the American Film Institute. He wrote the scripts “Boy” (2015) and “A Deconstruction of Reality” (2016), both of which were featured on the Black List, the roundup of the best unproduced screenplays. A spec script is an industry term for an non-commissioned screenplay that is written with the hopes of eliciting interest from studios.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless (“Bright”) will produce the picture.

CAA brought “Power” to market. The agency represents Tomlin, as well as Joost and Schulman. In addition Tomlin is represented by CAA, Grandview, attorney Michael Schenkman at Bloom Hergott Diemer et al.

Joost and Schulman are also represented by attorney Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman. The purchase comes days after Netflix bought another hot spec script, “Dorothy & Alice,” an innovative take on the Oz stories.

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