‘Visitation’ rights for ‘Destination’ duo

Story based on obscure Russian novella dealing with alien sojourn

The “Final Destination” team of Glen Morgan and James Wong have inked to script and then produce and direct, respectively, “After the Visitation” for Columbia Pictures. When all is said and done, the deal will approach $4 million,

Morgan and Wong last worked together on the $100 million-grossing suspenser “Final Destination” for New Line.

Initially, the terms of the deal call for a $1 million payday for the Morgan/Wong script, which had alternately been penned by Rob Cohen, Robert Gale, Rose Schacht, Kevin Droney and Ann Powell. Then, the subsequent coin will be doled out to Morgan, who will co-produce with Neal Moritz and Tom Sternberg, and to Wong, who’ll helm.

Alien theme

Storyline is based on an obscure Russian novella published in the 1970s, titled “Roadside Picnic,” and centers on a mysterious patch of 20 square miles, controlled by the U.N., where an alien visitation occurred two decades earlier. When a local resident discovers that his daughter’s health is being affected by the alien landing, he must lead a band of treasure hunters into the area to save her from the disfigurement that seems to plague the children of those who survived the earlier visitation.

Columbia’s exec veepee of production Matt Tolmach will supervise the project for the studio, which would likely go before cameras sometime next fall.

Wong and Morgan are both repped by Endeavor, and by attorney Peter Nelson at Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker & Dern.

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