Universal Pictures Acquires Spec Script Berliner

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
Universal Pictures Acquires Spec Script Berliner

Universal Pictures seem to be on a roll lately with the way it is able to acquire the classic espionage script written by F. Scott Frazier entitled “Berliner.” Read on to learn more about this scoop.

Amidst Universal Pictures celebration during their success in the sci-fi action movie “Lucy,” they have recently acquired film rights to the spec script that bears the title “Berliner.” It is a collective script written by F. Scott Frazier, who is also behind the creative screenplay of the upcoming action film “Autobahn.” It tells about the story of an American backpacker who is being chased by a group of violent drug smugglers.


In The Hollywood Reporter’s feature, the script is basically set in 1961. It tells the tale of an OSS (Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the present CIA) agent who is working on tracking a lethal assassin who only targets American citizens.

The script appears to be a plot-driven kind of story, as it is centered on the intelligence aspect. We can expect a documentary type of film that is probably akin to “Zero Dark Thirty.” However, one can never truly tell what is behind the curtains unless they get fully unveiled.

For this movie project, Universal Pictures will also be working in collaboration with DMG Entertainment (creators of “Iron Man 3”). Truly, “Berliner” is certainly set to take its course towards the production phase as the studio appointed the screenplay writer of “Fast & Furious” Chris Morgan. He will basically be overseeing the entirety of the film under his very own productions banner  — Chris Morgan Productions. He will be working alongside Chris Cowles. Plus, the movie’s executive producer is appointed to Chris Fenton. The entire productions shall be overseen by Universal EVP of Production Jon Mone and Director of Development Jay Polidoro.

There had been many speculations of other production studios in their efforts to acquire the Spec Script. This list includes Studio Canal that had their producers Andrew Rona and Alex Heinement vying for the film right. There had been some rumors that hinted the deals were naturally preemptive as it was being sold at around $400,000 alongside $750,000.

The production partnership of Morgan and Frazier are actually ongoing as they are currently working on a couple of movies with the studio. This includes “Day One” and “Heatseekers” that was directed by “Wanted’s” Timur Bekmambetov

That’s all there is for now in the recently acquired “Berliner” script by the Universal Pictures. Keep on visiting Movie News Guide (MNG) for the latest happenings in the show business.

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