MGM has hired “Double Jeopardy” and “The Rock” scribes Douglas Cook and David Weisberg to rewrite the film adaptation of sci-fi anthology series “The Outer Limits.”
The duo are expected to net mid-six against high-six figures as part of the deal.
Project is a high priority for the Lion, which hopes to put the bigscreen version of the 1960s TV series into production as quickly as it can, with Rupert Wainwright (“Stigmata”) at the helm. Studio is looking to turn “The Outer Limits” into a feature franchise. Since the ’60s, the series has made a return to television on cablers Showtime and the Sci Fi Channel.
MGM originally hired Gerald Di Pego (“Phenomenon”) and sons Justin and Zachary to write the feature earlier this year.
Mark Victor and Michael Grais of Victor/Grais are producing “The Outer Limits” along with Trilogy Entertainment’s Pen Densham, Guy McElwaine and John Watson.
Scripters Cook and Weisberg have just two produced credits, but both –“The Rock” and “Double Jeopardy” — grossed north of $100 million domestically.
They have since sold an adventure pitch to Disney for nearly seven figures. Story revolves around pirate Captain Kidd; Ridley Scott will direct and Jerry Bruckheimer produce.
The writing team is repped by Creative Artists Agency and attorney David Colden of Colden, McKuin and Frankel.