Scribes Travis Wright and John Glenn, who sold their spec “Red World” to Disney-based Jerry Bruckheimer Films two months ago, have closed a deal to refashion Jules Verne’s classic novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” for Fox 2000.
The scribes will be paid low-against mid-six figures for their efforts.
Project will produced by the Zanuck Co., with Richard, Dean and Harrison Zanuck as likely producers. Fox 2000 prexy Elizabeth Gabler along with exec Peter Kang are overseeing the project for the studio.
While various majors, including Disney, have been developing projects based on the Verne tale or similar to it, Fox at present appears ahead of the pact.
Wright and Glenn’s take on “Journey” will bear little resemblance to both the novel and the 1959 film, helmed by Henry Levin and starring Pat Boone and James Mason.
In the new version, a group of scientist-adventurers will embark on a journey that quickly turns into a horror and ultimately leads to a quest to discover the origins of vampire mythology.
Glenn and Wright are repped by Evan Corday and Shawn Hopkins at AMG and attorney Rebel Steiner at Loeb & Loeb.