Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST assigned screenwriter

Universal Pictures, along with ImageMovers, have hired Jonathan Herman to adapt Andrew Pyper‘s THE DEMONOLOGIST for the big screen.

Professor David Ullman’s expertise in the literature of the demonic—notably Milton’s Paradise Lost—has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer.

One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a “phenomenon,” and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved twelve year-old daughter Tess.

What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer, as he opens himself up to the possibility that demons really do exist. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David attempts to rescue his daughter from the Unnamed—a demonic entity that has chosen him as its messenger.

Herman has yet to have a screenplay reach production, but has a few screenplays in development and worked as an assistant on BOOGIE NIGHTS, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.