Centropolis, Frakes pact

Team to tackle 'Steve'

NEW YORK — Sony-based Centropolis Entertainment has made a deal for “Steve Was Here,” to be directed by Jonathan Frakes, the “Star Trek: Next Generation” star who made his feature helming debut with the “Trek” pic “First Contact”; he subsequently directed “Insurrection.” He is also skedded to helm “Total Recall 2.” Deal was worth six figures.

Much like the successful comedy “Galaxy Quest,” “Steve” lampoons the sci-fi genre, which has built both Frakes and Centropolis. In the pic, a fiscally depressed town decides to stage a phony alien landing to transform itself into a tourist boomtown, but the townsfolk get more than they bargained for.

Norman Steinberg is writing the script; he hatched the story with Michael Hertzberg (“Entrapment”). Frakes, his Geopp Circle Prods. partner Lisa Olin and Hertzberg will produce. Centropolis partners Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich will exec produce, setting up the project through their discretionary fund.

Frakes and Devlin have long sought to work together. The pair knew each other as actors before Frakes moved behind the camera, and Devlin teamed with Emmerich as writer and producer of “Independence Day” and “Godzilla.” Emmerich has nearly wrapped the Mel Gibson starrer “The Patriot,” which Devlin produces with Mutual’s Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn.

Frakes is repped by ICM’s Jeff Gorim, Steinberg by ICM’s Mike Eisner and attorney David Nachimson and Hertzberg by ICM’s Ben Queen and the law firm Katz, Goldman and Sullivan.

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