Gore Verbinski May Take on Universal Drama

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Universal has acquired an untitled Michael Gilio script that the studio will develop as a potential directing vehicle for Gore Verbinski, reports Variety. Verbinski will produce with Scott Aversano, the former head of Nickelodeon and MTV Films.

The drama focuses on a retired rancher who responds to a phone solicitation swindle that wipes out his savings.

Verbinski is at work with “Pirates of the Caribbean” cohort Johnny Depp on Rango, the John Logan-scripted animated film that Paramount will release in March 2011.