Universal Pictures and ImageMovers are moving forward with their psychological thriller Demonologists and have tapped Jonathan Herman to pen the latest draft.
Universal acquired Andrew Pyper's novel in manuscript form last year and set Robert Schenkkan to adapt.
ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are producing. The story centers on a professor and scholar of Paradise Lost who accepts a free trip to Italy, where a demonic spirit appears to kill his daughter, and he must go on a dark journey of discovery in hopes of getting her back.
Maradith Frenkel and Chloe Yellin are overseeing the project for the studio.
Herman has become a go-to writer at Universal, where he most recently was hired to write an untitled hacker film that Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are producing that is loosely based on a GQ article titled "The Hacker Is Watching." Herman also wrote a draft of a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds that Platinum Dunes is producing with Mandalay.
Herman's credits also include Conviction, which Silver Pictures is producing at Warner Bros., and Rites of Men, which he sold as an original screenplay to Universal. Both of these scripts were on the Black List.
Herman is repped by WME, Stephen Crawford of Industry Entertainment and attorney Melissa Rogal of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
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