Col digs dinos in August heat wave

Scribe gets seven figures for untitled horror pic

A favorite son of Columbia Pictures of late, scribe John August has snared a seven-figure payday for his latest opus, an untitled horror pitch.

August most recently penned the adaptation of the Daniel Wallace novel “Big Fish,” which may be helmed by Steven Spielberg, and also co-scripted the studio’s upcoming actioner “Charlie’s Angels.”

The pitch centers on three explorers searching for fossilized evidence of a prehistoric species who discover the terrifying true cause of its extinction.

Pitch was purchased preemptively by Col chairman Amy Pascal and senior veepee of production Andrea Giannetti, the latter of whom will supervise the project’s development.

August, who’ll be paid over $1 million up front for the script, is guaranteed nearly $3 million when the film goes into production. He is one of the original 34 writers approved by the studio to qualify for 2% participation in gross receipts. He will also serve as a producer on the pic.

August’s last picture — the black comedy “Go” — was also released by Col. He is currently working on the script of U’s “Jurassic Park 3,” now lensing in Hawaii.

He was repped in the deal by United Talent Agency and lawyered by Ken Richman at Hanson, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Neuman & Warren.

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