Vanderbilt, West spelunk ‘Caves’ for U

Scribe to retool DiCaprio-starrer 'Bombshell'

Universal Pictures has tapped Jamie Vanderbilt to adapt Isaac Asimov’s “Caves of Steel,” the first of the novelist’s robot trilogy, with Simon West (“The General’s Daughter”) in final negotiations to direct.

Pic’s producers are West, Jib Polemus and Vince Geradis. Exec producer is Ralph Vicinanza. Universal’s Scott Stuber and Geoff Suddleson are the studio’s execs overseeing the project.

U paid mid- against very high-six figures but Vanderbilt’s payday will be well over seven figures since U has hired the young scribe to retool two other projects at the studio: “Bombshell,” to which Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star, and “Pursuit.” U execs on those projects are Mary Parent and Kevin Misher, respectively. Tim O’Hair, director of development, is shepherding both projects.

The other two novels in Asimov’s robot trilogy are “Naked Sun” and “Robots of Dawn.”

West is directing “Tomb Raider,” which stars Angelina Jolie, for Paramount.

Vanderbilt’s script “Basic” is moving toward a greenlight at Phoenix.

A USC alum, Vanderbilt is repped by Endeavor, manager Mikkel Bondesen and attorney Joel McKuin of Colden, McKuin and Frankel. West is repped by Endeavor and attorney Barry Tyerman at Armstrong, Hirsch, Jakoway, Tyerman and Wertheimer.

Deal for Asimov was negotiated by Gotham-based book agent Ralph Vicinanza.

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