Intrepid Pictures has preemptively acquired the spec script Mercy by screenwriters Carolyn Townsend and Eddie Hartman, according to Variety.

The story follows a college student who sets out to debunk the urban legend of the Mercy Killer -- a killer who makes his victims' deaths look like suicides -- only to discover that he is all too real and has chosen her as his next victim.

Founded in 2005, Intrepid is a feature film production and co-financing company with a nonexclusive, first-look deal with Universal Pictures and Rogue Pictures.

The first group of films produced by the Intrepid/Rogue partnership include Vondie Curtis Hall's Waist Deep; Robert Ben Garant's Balls of Fury, starring George Lopez, Maggie Q and Christopher Walken; and Dave Meyers' remake of The Hitcher, produced by Michael Bay and starring Sean Bean and Sophia Bush.