Stockwell will draw ‘Breath’ for Columbia

Most recently directed romancer 'Crazy/Beautiful'

Helmer-writer John Stockwell has inked a deal in the low seven figures to helm and rewrite the thriller “Every Breath You Take” (aka “I Would Die for You”) for Columbia Pictures.

Pic is essentially “Fatal Attraction” set at a university in Santa Barbara. A young man returns home to Cleveland for a friend’s wedding and indulges in a one-night stand with his old high school sweetheart, who’s now a stripper. But when he returns to California, he soon finds his fling has followed him back in an attempt to win back his love — or else ruin his life and his current relationship.

The UTA-repped Stockwell most recently directed the Mouse House romancer “Crazy/Beautiful,” starring Jay Hernandez and Kirstin Dunst, and also helmed and was nommed for an Emmy for writing the HBO telepic “Cheaters.” Stockwell was also the original writer on the upcoming Warner Bros. pic “Rock Star” (formerly known as “Metal God”) that stars Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.

“Every Breath You Take,” originally penned by Markus Redmond and Ivy Williams, is being produced by Jorge Saralegui’s Warner Bros.-based Material Films. Pic’s skedded for a summer start, barring writers and actors strikes.

Col senior veepee of production Carrie Richman and director of development Rachel O’Connor will oversee the project for the studio.

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