'Witch' co-helmer hooks up with post-apocalyptic pic
NEW YORK — “The Blair Witch Project” co-helmer Dan Myrick will team up with actor-scribe J.D. Shapiro on “Salvage,” a “Mad Max”-style post-apocalyptic pic.
Myrick will direct and Shapiro co-star in the project, which they will co-write. Pic will be produced by “Blair Witch” exec producer Kevin Foxe.
“Salvage” will be Myrick’s next project after co-directing “Heart of Love” with “Blair Witch” co-helmer Ed Sanchez.
“Heart of Love” is slated to go into production by the end of the year.
Spelling it out
Shapiro, meanwhile, has signed a nonexclusive, overall six-figure pact with Spelling Entertainment to create and exec produce one-hour scripted comedy/dramas for TV.
“I’m extremely excited to be working with the most talented and prolific producer television has ever seen,” Shapiro said. “The irony is everyone who knows me knows that spelling is not my strong suit.”
Shapiro penned Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and the recent “Battlefield Earth.”
As a director, he recently shopped “We Married Margo,” in which he also co-starred. Pic, which won the audience award for feature at this year’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and also unspooled at Slamdance, has had at least one offer for domestic distribution. Shapiro is reworking “Margo” into a half-hour TV series.
He also is in negotiations with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment about creating, writing and directing “XB,” a comedy series for the Web. Kirk Stambler would produce.
Shapiro’s other writing credits include “Signed, Sealed & Delivered,” which is in turnaround at Touchstone Pictures.