Here are a couple small reports about new projects that have just attached directors. We don’t have a great deal of info about either one, but as we expect to be following up on these soon we’ll give you the early rundown now.

First, Niels Arden Oplev, who made the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is now set to direct Game Theory for Summit. The film is written by Michael Alan Lerner, and is about “a college professor and game theorist who gets sucked into a large-scale global crisis.” Serious stuff! Maybe.

The director has been on the verge of breaking into US films since the runaway success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the two films he has been attached to (The Keep and The Last Photograph) haven’t really moved forward yet. He has done the pilot for the CBS show The Rememberer, but that’s not quite the same as making a war movie with Christian Bale. But The Last Photograph looks like it could still happen, and in the meantime perhaps he can make Game Theory. [Deadline]

After the break, Mikael Hafstrom, director of The Rite, will make a supernatural thriller called Wake for Hammer Films. Read More »

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Writing about screenplay buys can be difficult — there isn’t often a lot of detail about a story and without creative talent beyond the writer and producer, we’re often left to do little more than speculate about what the finished product might be like.

But what the hell, we’ll do it anyway. Three big script deals hit the trades in the last day: Hammer Films picked up Wake, written by Chris Borrelli, who has appeared on the Black List in the past. New writer Zach Dean sold Layover. And Stephen Schiff is writing a biopic of Albert Einstein for OddLot Entertainment. Read More »

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Universal has purchased David Guggenheim‘s spec Safe House for $600k against $900k, winning out against two other movie studios in a bidding war. The action thriller tells the story of a CIA agent who becomes the only survivor after a CIA safe house attack, and must help a dangerous prisoner avoid being killed as they escape to a second safe house, “outmaneuvering various forces that want them both dead.”

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