It’s Pandemonium for Steindorff

Mechanic wants to focus on book deals

Writer-producer Scott Steindorff has signed a first-look deal with Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium shingle. Pact will guarantee overhead for the suddenly prolific Steindorff. Deal’s duration is unspecified.

“I think Scott has so far distinguished himself in the book arena, which is very interesting to us,” said Mechanic, whose company is weeks away from announcing financing and, likely, a domestic partner. “It’s a way for us to be more advanced in the book world than we would have been. Already, he’s brought us a lot of material.”

Added Steindorff: “I just have great respect and admiration for Bill Mechanic, and I am excited about the possibilities of his new studio. He has a great creative team.”

A former real estate developer, Steindorff emerged on the film scene last summer, optioning a number of books including “The Human Stain,” the Phillip Roth tome set up at Lakeshore/Paramount; Tom Tryon’s “Night Magic,” set up with Italy’s Eagle Pictures, which Steindorff has adapted himself; and “The Tortilla Curtain,” the T.C. Boyle book, which Steindorff will produce and finance.

More recently, via his Stone Village shingle, Steindorff snagged the book rights to “Lucifer,” the Michael Corda book, as well as the Frederick Huebner novel “Shades of Justice” (Daily Variety, March 6).

Steindorff also is developing several projects with Gene Simmons, including “Stupid Action Movie,” a project to be penned by Josh Rutherford, Nick Creature and Bob Locash (“Naked Gun”).

Among the projects Pandemonium is developing are the untitled pic by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (“Face/Off”), for John Woo to direct and Terence Chang to produce; a script by Caspian Tredwell-Owen (“Beyond Border”); “The Untitled Cuba Project,” for Tony Scott to helm; Steve Franks’ “When I Grow Up”; Richard Regen’s heist project about the life of Heather Tallchief; and “The Dead Crew,” a sci-fi pitch from Ken and Jim Wheat (“Pitch Black”).

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