Universal has preemptively bought Mike Sobel's disaster-action pitch Skyscraper, reports Variety. Neal Moritz is producing via his Original Film.
The project is described as a modern-day Towering Inferno, in which a Donald Trump-esque developer sets out to build a mile-high structure in Chicago. When the tower starts to falter, a crew must rescue the city from mayhem.
Original's Tania Landau is executive producing.
Sobel, a former New York criminal lawyer, moved to Los Angeles 18 months ago to pursue a writing career. His first screenplay, also a disaster project, titled Animals, sold to Columbia with Moritz producing as well.