Lightstorm buys spec

Pearson sells pitch for 'Godspeed'

Author-screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson has sold a pitch for an action-adventure set in outer space to James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment for mid-six figures.

The project, tentatively titled “Godspeed,” will be produced by Cameron with Lightstorm president Rae Sanchini and co-prexy Jon Landeau. The deal was sealed when Lightstorm made a preemptive bid for the pitch after VP Greg Frankovich brought in the project.

Lightstorm purchased the pitch under its overall deal with 20th Century Fox.

The deal is the latest in a string of impressive attachments for Pearson, who’s repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone. He wrote the script for Escape Artists’ thriller “Knowing” and recently made deals to adapt the Ken Follett novel “Code for Zero” for Columbia and Red Wagon’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and to write an original film script for producer Scott Rudin.

Pearson gained attention in Hollywood by selling screen rights to his own novels, “Simple Simon,” which was adapted into “Mercury Rising,” and “Top 10,” which was bought by producer Mark Canton.

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