Fox, Besson prepare for battle

'Blair 2's' Bokenkamp may give 'WW3 ' a rewrite

Twentieth Century Fox has attached Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) to produce the big-budget “” and is in negotiations with Jon Bokenkamp (“Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows”) to rewrite the script in hopes of readying it for production, pre-strike.

No director is attached to the big-budget project, which Fox originally acquired in 1998 in hopes of turning it into its 1999 summer tentpole. Now the studio still has tentpole hopes, but they have been delayed until at least 2002.

The project has its genesis in John Carlin’s 1997 Wired magazine article “A Farewell to Arms.” Writer David Marconi (“Enemy of the State”) was the first to take a swipe at the material.

The project is said to blend Cold War tensions with a high-concept, FX-heavy storyline involving cyber-terrorists who have declared war on the United States.

Michael Andreen, TCF’s senior veep production, is overseeing the project.

Bokenkamp, who is also penning HBO’s “Point of Origin” for director John Herzfeld (“Fifteen Minutes”) is repped by ICM and managed by Graup Entertainment.

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