Vajna-Kassar pays seven figures for fantasy script

Showing that they really are back in business, Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar early Sunday morning struck a preemptive $1 million against $1.5 million deal for the spec “Evermere” by David Goyer and James Robinson.

Vajna and Kassar will produce the project, which was brought into the still-unnamed company by Joel B. Michaels. While several other producers were interested in the project, Vajna-Kassar took the script off the market very early Sunday morning.

Goyer — who previously penned “The Crow,” “Dark City” and New Line’s upcoming “Blade” — will exec-produce the film along with Stuart Cornfeld.

In the vein of “Star Wars” (and with elements of “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Man Who Would Be King”), “Evermere” is the first of an intended trilogy of fantasy epics dealing with a 17-year-old orphan who discovers that in an alternate universe he is heir to a throne. He is then transported to the other side and must battle his uncle, who has usurped the throne.

Pic is an original idea by Goyer and Robinson, who is best known for his work on the acclaimed DC Comics series “Starman” and “Leave It to Chance” for Homage Studios.

Since relaunching their company (Daily Variety, March 27), Vajna and Kassar have been busily adding to their development coffers. Among the projects they have brought in are the remaining rights to the third “Terminator” sequel. And they paid $500,000 against $1 million for “The Accident,” a pitch by Douglas Day Stewart.

The Endeavor agency brokered the deal on behalf of Goyer and Robinson.

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