Glen Morgan and Jim Wong are segueing from writing and producing a string of sci-fi TV series including “The X-Files” and “Millennium” to the feature pic “Flight 180” for New Line Cinema.
The thriller, which Morgan and Wong’s Hard Eight Pictures will produce with Zide-Perry Films’ Warren Zide and Craig Perry, is about a group of high school students getting ready for a trip to Europe.
When one student has a premonition that the airplane will crash, some of them skip the flight; the plane indeed does crash. The surviving students then start dying mysteriously, one by one.
Morgan and Wong will write the screenplay, and Wong will direct, marking his feature debut.
The duo is working on the script now and expects to have it finished within a month, enabling the pic possibly to begin shooting later this year.
“It’s a psychological thriller about teens, with a lot of humor,” said Morgan. “But it won’t be gory like ‘Scream.'”
The pair, which has an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, wrote and created the sci-action series “Space: Above and Beyond” for Fox. It now shows on the Sci-Fi Channel. They have written and produced various episodes of “X-Files” and “Millennium.”
Brian Witten and Richard Brener are the New Line execs overseeing the project.
Morgan and Wong’s only feature credit is writing Penelope Spheeris’ 1985 drama “The Boys Next Door,” which starred Maxwell Caulfield and Charles Sheen. They are repped by Endeavor.
Earlier this week New Line signed scribe Robert Kamen — whose writing credits include “The Fifth Element,” “A Walk in the Clouds” and “Lethal Weapon 3” — to adapt Chris Gilson’s novel “Crazy for Cornelia.” Kamen is repped by UTA.