Bruckheimer on new orbit with ‘Earth’

Shifting gears, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has picked up Brian Cowden’s epic love story spec “On Earth” for a low six-figure sum, sources said Thursday.

The subject matter is something of a departure for Bruckheimer, who is known for developing high-tech actioners such as current hit “Con Air.”

But insiders at his company say he is broadening the types of films that he and the late Don Simpson were known for developing and producing.

“On Earth” takes place over a 40-year span after World War II. Plot is about a young man who comes to work in a garage in a small town and falls in love with the owner. When she marries someone else, he maintains his love that carries over four decades.

Chad Oman, exec VP of Bruckheimer Films, brought the project in after reading it several years ago.

Bruckheimer bought the project with his discretionary fund. The back-end deal for Cowden will escalate depending on the budget and the salary paid to the star.

Bruckheimer, his wife, Linda, Oman, and Ira Trattner will be attached as producers.

Nick Reed and Doug McLaren of ICM brokered Cowden’s deal. The scribe also was repped by attorney Linda Lichter.

Cowden’s other credits include “Snow Goose” at 20th Century Fox. He also is currently finishing up “A Class Divided” at Touchstone for Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon to produce.

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