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Grim Night sells to Universal

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's a pair of guys hoping to break into the big leagues of Hollywood got to do to make the studios take notice of their ideas? Back in the olden days (they were called the 1990s), screenwriters looking to catch the attention of agents used to mail gimmicks, like ticking clocks, to build up interest in the script that they were going to courier them at the end of the week. Today, doing that would get you a quick visit from the Department of Homeland Security.

So Brandon Bestenheider and Allen Bey decided a new approach that used this thing called the Internet, or more specifically YouTube. They created a trailer for their spec script Grim Night and uploaded it to YouTube. And what do you know, it worked.

Universal Pictures won the rights to Grim Night at an auction for the property, and the writers will get six figures right now to go buy stuff with. If the movie gets made, they could stand to make another million bucks.

Bestenheider and Bey's script is set in the horror genre. It's about what happens one night every year when dangerous beings called Grims prowl forth in the night, killing tens of thousands of people outside their homes. Every year subsequently people must obey a curfure and stay inside lest they too become a victim to the Grims.

Already Universal has Wanted producer Marc Platt shaping the creative development of Grim Night along with Bryan Bertino (director of The Strangers) and Adrienne Biddle.

Ready to see that trailer for Grim Night the writers made to hype their script?


-Deadline.

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