Screen Gems has acquired Sonny Mallhi’s spec thriller The Roommate, reports Variety.
The story centers on Sara, a college student randomly assigned to a freshman dorm with a stranger named Rebecca. They start off as friends but things turn deadly as Rebecca begins to target people in Sara’s life.
Mallhi, an executive VP at Vertigo, wrote the screenplay under a pseudonym so it would be given fair consideration in the marketplace. It wasn’t until after Screen Gems made an offer on “Roommate” that Mallhi revealed that he wrote the spec.
Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Mallhi and Irene Yeung will produce via their Vertigo Entertainment.