Hill takes on ‘Supernova’

To helm sci-fier in place of Wright

Walter Hill, whose producing credits include the “Alien” franchise, has taken over as director of United Artists’ similarly themed sci-fi thriller “Supernova,” which helmer Geoffrey Wright ankled late last month (Daily Variety, Feb. 18).

The James Spader-starrer will begin shooting April 13 in Los Angeles, as previously scheduled.

Described as ” ‘Dead Calm’ in space,” the futuristic film concerns a medical spaceship that responds to a distress signal and takes on a mysterious passenger who terrorizes the crew.

Wright reportedly left the project over “creative differences.”

“Supernova” is produced by Ash Shah, Dan Chuba, Ralph Singleton, and Jamie Dixon. It was written by David Wilson.

Hill’s myriad directing credits include “Last Man Standing,” “48 HRS.,” “Another 48 HRS.” and “Crossroads.”

He was a producer of “Alien,” “Alien3” and “Alien: Resurrection,” among others, and exec produced “Aliens.”

Hill is repped by the William Morris Agency’s John Burnham, Jeff Field, Graham Kaye and Gaby Morgeman.

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