Scribes aim to change ‘World’

Pair also penning Li vehicle 'First King'

HOLLYWOOD — “Tomb Raider” scribes Patrick Massett and John Zinman have been hired for nearly seven figures to rewrite sci-fi thriller “Red World” for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney.

Set in present-day Los Angeles and in the future, the visual effects-driven pic, which Bruckheimer will produce and Disney will distrib, centers on a man who travels back through time to stop the ruling class of his world from colonizing the past.

Original script was penned by tyro scribes Travis Wright and John Glenn and scooped up by Bruckheimer’s production company last summer for mid-against-high-six figures. At the time, several other shingles expressed interest in the project as well.

“Red World,” is being overseen at Bruckheimer by prexy Mike Stenson and production prexy Chad Oman, both of whom will exec produce the pic. Buena Vista Motion Picture Group prexy Nina Jacobson, exec veep Mark Vahradian and creative exec Michael Haynes are overseeing it for the Mouse House.

Massett and Zinman’s deal was negotiated by the Gersh Agency, AMG and attorney Adam Kaller.

The two scribes also are penning the Jet Li vehicle “The First King,” which is set up at Warner Bros. with producer Joel Silver. Coincidentally, Li, Bruckheimer and Disney initially expressed mutual interest in working together on “Red World” when it was first acquired, although talks have since cooled.

Previously, Massett and Zinman scripted “The Battle Zone” for Universal and producer Larry Gordon as well as a remake of MGM’s 1964 caper film “Topkapi.”

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