Summit Wins Bidding War for Guggenheim’s ‘Puzzle Palace’

The studio is keeping the cop drama’s premise under wraps

Last Updated: March 17, 2010 @ 3:22 PM

Pardon the worn-out pun here, but newbie screenwriter David Guggenheim must be butter — because he is on a roll.

The former Us magazine editor recently ignited a second-straight Hollywood bidding war over his original pitch "Puzzle Palace," just weeks after Universal Pictures announced it was fast-tracking his spec script "Safe House," with Scott Stuber ("Role Models") producing.

This time, Summit Entertainment won out over several studios with a mid 6-figure bid, the same price "Safe House" sold for. Guggenheim will write the screenplay, though the premise of the cop drama is currently being kept under wraps.

Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn") will produce, while Madhouse’s Adam Kolbrenner will exec produce. Erik Feig and Jean Song, Summit’s President and Vice President of Production, respectively, will oversee the project for the studio.

And now Guggenheim, who is repped by APA, Madhouse Entertainment and Ziffren, Brittenham, is living the Hollywood Dream. After writing about celebrities for years, he’s now writing for them, just like his brothers Marc ("The Green Lantern") and Eric ("Miracle").

As a fellow journalist, I’m jealous, but as someone who is also an aspiring screenwriter, I’m happy to see him make the leap to the other side of the velvet rope. Spec sales are always a good thing.