Radar Pictures Snatches Up New York Thriller

Movie deals with 4000 people who disappear every year in New York City.
BYEvan Jacobs | August 7th, 2005

According to Variety, Radar Pictures has bought an Untitled New York Thriller Inspired by True Events" pitch from Ben Olson. As part of the deal, Radar also is coming aboard to produce Olson's script Suffocate. Pic, based on a short film by Rich Maur, deals with a "true-life phenomenon": 4,000 people disappear every year in New York, and most are last seen getting on the subway.

Olson's pitch session with Radar was the first trip to Los Angeles for the scribe, who lives in Green Bay, Wis. His previous sales took place over the phone. Besides Suffocate, he also wrote Hum and Hive for Escape Artists.

Radar is about to start shooting Focus Features' Waist Deep, starring Tyrese. Earlier this year the shingle produced the remake of The Amityville Horror for MGM. Next up is Zathura, based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, for Columbia Pictures.

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