The Strangers: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has bought The Strangers, a horror spec by first-time writer Bryan Bertino for Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison to produce. Senator Films also will produce.

"Strangers" is the story of three mysterious strangers who terrorize a young couple in a remote house after they return from a wedding.

The script was a semifinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' recent Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition.