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Gordon seeking ‘Eternity’

Helmer to adapt Asimov

A clarification was made to this article on Oct. 30, 2003.

Paramount Pictures and Cruise/Wagner have tapped writer-director Keith Gordon to script Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi romancer “End of Eternity.”

Gordon, who recently directed “The Singing Detective” for Paramount Classics, will adapt Asimov’s tale, which centers on a low-ranking technician who discovers that the woman with whom he has fallen in love is going to be eliminated in a soon-to-occur time change promulgated by a group of men dubbed the Eternals.

Project has been set up at Cruise/Wagner for several years. It was envisioned at one point as a possible directing/producing vehicle for Ridley Scott, with Wind Dancer’s Matt Williams and Susan Cartsonis producing a script from sci-fi vet Gary Goldman (Daily Variety, June 27, 2000). Cartsonis and Williams remain producers on the project.

Gordon, repped by UTA and attorney Craig Emmanuel, wrote and directed “A Midnight Clear” and “The Chocolate War” and directed “Waking the Dead” and “Mother Night.” He also produced “Waking the Dead.”

Asimov wrote more than 460 works in either book or short-story form. Fox has set a July release for “I, Robot,” starring Will Smith and based on the nine stories in the author’s series of the same name.

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