Tube maven Chris Carter is broadening his canvas, stepping for the first time into the director’s chair for a feature pic. Carter is near a deal with Dimension Films to direct the supernatural drama “The World of Ted Serios,” based on the novel by Jule Eisenbud, M.D.
Frank Spotnitz, prexy of Carter’s Ten Thirteen Prods., will join Carter in writing and producing the pic.
The project was brought to Dimension by prexy Cary Granat along with senior exec veep Michael Helfant and veep of development and production Michael Zoumas. Granat and Zoumas will oversee the film’s development.
“Ted Serios” is the true story of a psychiatrist in the 1960s who studied a Chicago bellhop with the ability to project his thoughts onto unexposed film negative — considered proof of the paranormal.
Carter created Fox’s “The X Files,” on which he has served as exec producer since the show’s debut in 1993.
He also wrote and helped produce the feature film version of “The X Files,” which was released through 20th Century Fox in the summer of 1998. Carter also created “Millennium” and the short-lived “Harsh Realm” for Fox.
Spotnitz co-produced and co-wrote “The X Files” feature and also served as co-exec producer of “Millennium” and exec producer of “Harsh Realm.” He has written or co-written more than two dozen segs of “The X Files.”
Carter, whose deal is with Fox, is expected to announce shortly whether he’ll bring “X Files” back for another season.
Deal was negotiated for Dimension by Helfant and Andrew Gumpert, Miramax’s senior veep of business and legal affairs.
Carter’s deal was brokered by Elliot Webb at the Broder Kurland Webb Uffner Agency and attorney Lawrence Rose of Gang, Tyer, Ramer & Brown; Spotnitz’s deal was negotiated by Ken Richman at Hansen Jacobsen and Paul Haas at AMG.
(Michael Schneider contributed to this report.)