The Devil Heats Up In New Jersey
In New Jersey there’s a hulking beast who has the power to freeze things in their tracks, and no, we’re not even talking about Chris Christie, although…. Read on for the first news on The Devil.
From the Press Release:
Eclectic Pictures has secured the rights to The Devil, an action-horror spec written by Eric D. Wilkinson and Richard Schenkman. The deal was orchestrated by Conor Charles, Senior Vice President of Eclectic Pictures, who will produce alongside Benjamin Scott of Beneficial Entertainment. Heidi Jo Markel, CEO of Eclectic Pictures, will serve as executive producer.
Eric D. Wilkinson recently drew attention after taking out a full-page advertisement in The Hollywood Reporter in the form of an open letter to Bruce Willis, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and director Len Wiseman, pitching his story idea for the next chapter in the Die Hard series. The ad sparked worldwide interest from fans and pros alike, including Kingsman and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar, who praised Wilkinson and Schenkman’s pitch.
Writer and indie producer Wilkinson said, “I was thrilled with the response of the ad. While waiting for Willis, di Bonaventura, or Wiseman to reach out, I was contacted by Conor directly, who gave us the opportunity to present a handful of our high-concept projects including The Devil, our modern take on this historic urban legend. Richard and I have developed many ideas together, but this is one of my favorites. Forget what you think you know about the Jersey Devil — ours is bigger, badder, and scarier than anything you could possibly imagine.”
The Devil is an action/horror franchise-starter loosely based on a true story. During a fraternity “hell night” deep in the Pine Barrens, a group of college students discover the urban legend of a 300-year-old demonic creature is all too real.
Wilkinson and Schenkman’s deal with Eclectic Pictures was handled by Larry Zerner at Zerner Law.