Dan O’Bannon, veteran scripter of “Alien,” “Return of the Living Dead” and co-writer of “Total Recall,” has inked a low-six-figure deal with producers Bobby Geisler and John Roberdeau to pen an adaptation of the cult novel “Flicker,” sources said Thursday.

The deal was significant in the hefty payment Geisler and Roberdeau made out of their own pockets to develop the project. The pair, who are producing “The Thin Red Line” with Terrence Malick helming, does not have an overall deal with a studio.

Project is based on Theodore Roszak’s novel, an overview of the history of film filtered through the story of a woman who runs a vintage movie house in Gotham and a man she meets at the theater. Ultimately, she becomes a movie critic and he goes off in search of a famous filmmaker.

O’Bannon last wrote a script for TriStar based on a cult comic strip by the cartoonist Mobius.

O’Bannon’s deal was brokered by David Saunders, VP of the lit department at APA. Hilly Elkins manages O’Bannon.

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