'War' scribe Barry to pen latest installment

HOLLYWOOD — From serial killer to killer serial: “I Know What You Did Last Summer” will make a third appearance at Columbia Pictures, this time with Simon Davis Barry scripting the action.

Barry, a London-born cameraman turned scribe, most recently co-wrote “The Art of War,” toplining Wesley Snipes. He also penned the Samuel L. Jackson starrer “The 51st State,” for Artist Production Group and Alliance Atlantis, and the actioner “Morton Orwell,” for Seven Arts Intl.

Col-based Original Film’s Neal Moritz and exec veepee of production Stokely Chaffin, along with Erik Feig, are producing “Summer 3.”

The franchise’s progenitor, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” grossed over $72 million domestically in 1997, while 1998’s follow-up “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (1998) grossed $40 million domestically for distribs Columbia Pictures and Mandalay Pictures.

Details are sketchy on the plot of the third installment, but an insider maintains that it will introduce “totally different characters” who’ll contend with an tormentor “in the wilderness while on a sort of ‘Outward Bound’ expedition.”

Barry was repped in the deal by the Gersh Agency.

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