Paramount's evolving specialty division has bought the speculativescript to Alex and David Pastor's post-apocalyptic thriller currently known asThe Untitled Pastor Project.

Alex Pastor will direct thestory of four friends trying to escape a viral pandemic in the American Westwho discover they pose a greater danger to each other than the virus. This is that'sAnthony Bregman will serve as producer.

'Alex and David have written a really intelligent andvisceral thriller,' division president John Lesher said. 'We werevery impressed with Alex's short from Sundance and are so excited to be inbusiness with Anthony and these young filmmakers on such relevant and menacingmaterial.'

Pastor received the Sundance jury prize for an international shortlast month for The Natural Route, aka La Ruta Natural. This will mark his feature directorial debut.

The script was brought in byvice president of production Chad Hamilton. Alex and David Pastor are bothrepresented by UTA, which also represents This is that.