Universal Pictures has paid seven figures for Goner, a supernatural thriller spec script that Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) wrote and will direct, Variety reported.
Mary Parent and Scott Stuber will produce. The studio premiered Whedon's directorial debut, Serenity, on Sept. 22 at Universal City Walk, and the movie opens to the public on Sept. 30.
Whedon was cryptic in describing the project. "It's the story of a young woman's journey that involves a great deal of horror and some heroics," Whedon told the trade paper. "It's certainly darker than Serenity, and there are a lot of left turns along the way. It is something I had in mind for a while, and it just poured out of me when I finished my film."