In a world filled with demonstrably dark and sharp works of thriller fiction, Lionsgate has purchased Cold, “an original pitch by Bill Marsilii with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing through their Pacific Standard Films banner,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. “Witherspoon also is attached to star. A source pegs the deal at mid- to high-six figures.” The material has been described as “a dark thriller with supernatural elements.”
Though Marsilii’s pedigree with thriller material is not deep, this isn’t Pacific Standard’s first foray into this type of fiction.
Since its launch in 2012, Pacific Standard has been on a tear, scooping up a number of best-selling female-centric books like Gone Girl and Wild (both scored best actress nominations for stars Rosamund Pike and Witherspoon, respectively). The company is already in business with Lionsgate on a big-screen adaptation of best-seller Luckiest Girl Alive. Among the other Pacific Standard projects in development are Ashley’s War at Fox 2000 and All Is Not Forgotten at Warner Bros.
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