Cage’s Saturn links to ‘Chain’

Drama to mark Rice's helming bow

Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.”

John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly.

The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of creative affairs.

The script is described as an edgy drama set in contemporary America, but in the vein of Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter.”

Helmer Rice co-wrote “Windtalkers” with Joe Batteer. That pic will be directed by John Woo and produced by Woo, Terence Chang, Alison Rosenzweig and Tracie Graham. (Cage is in talks to star in that film). Rice and Batteer also co-wrote “Blown Away.”

Small and Blaney’s deal was negotiated by Steven Espinoza of Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman, Machtinger. They are managed by Alison Rosenzweig and Tracie Graham.

Rice’s pact was negotiated by Sandra Lucchesi at the Gersh Agency.

More Film

  • The Disaster Artist

    AFI Fest Adds Galas for 'Call Me by Your Name,' 'Disaster Artist,' 'Hostiles'

    Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.” John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly. The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Colony Capital Has Three-Week Window to Avert Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy (EXCLUSIVE)

    Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.” John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly. The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' to Blow Away 'Geostorm' in Slow Weekend

    Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.” John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly. The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of […]

  • Lionsgate Unveils "The World of The

    Lionsgate Unveils World's First 'Hunger Games' Theme Park

    Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.” John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly. The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of […]

  • Lawyer: Weinstein Rape Accuser's "Biggest Regret

    Lawyer: Weinstein Rape Accuser's 'Biggest Regret Is Opening That Door'

    Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.” John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly. The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of […]

  • Heather Kerr Gloria Allred

    Former Actress Heather Kerr Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Forcing Himself on Her

    Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films has optioned tyro scribes Greg Small and Richard Blaney’s spec script “Chain.” John Rice will make his directorial debut with the pic, which will be produced by Cage and Jeff Levine. Exec producers are Paul Brooks and Norm Golightly. The project was brought to Saturn by Golightly, the company’s veep of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content