Independent Artist Group Signs ‘The Pope’s Exorcist’ Scribe Michael Petroni

EXCLUSIVE: Independent Artist Group has signed screenwriter, producer, director and showrunner Michael Petroni for representation.

Most recently, Petroni co-wrote Sony/Screen Gems’ supernatural horror flick The Pope’s Exorcist, starring Russell Crowe, which grossed over $77M worldwide. He’s best known for scripting 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief, starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse, as well as co-writing The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, another Fox title that opened at #1 domestically and grossed over $415 million worldwide.

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Previously, Petroni co-wrote New Line’s horror pic The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, which also opened #1 and grossed over $100 million. He also wrote and directed Till Human Voices Wake Us starring Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce, as well as Backtrack starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill.

In television, Michael created, exec produced and showran Netflix’s Messiah, which was the most watched new show globally at the start of 2020. He also co-created the series Miracles with Richard Hatem for ABC.

Petroni continues to be represented by Andrew Deane at Industry Entertainment and David Evans at Evans Law.

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