According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has preemptively picked up Killing on Carnival Row.
The fantasy spec script by first-time writer Travis Beacham, set in a dark city filled with mystical creatures, is being produced by Arnold and Anne Kopelson via their Kopelson Entertainment banner. The script did not formally go out to studios because it was leaked to execs this week in anticipation of getting a director attached. When a number of studios showed interest, WMA, Beacham's agency, said it would enter exclusive negotiations with the first company to make a serious offer, figuring it would demonstrate which firm had the most passion for the project.
At New Line, the script was championed by Keith Goldberg and Michael Disco, who will oversee with Toby Emmerich.