Pic being developed as directing vehicle for Bay

Robert Schenkkan has come aboard to rewrite “Do Not Go Gentle,” a Revolution Studios drama about a Smithsonian scientist who realizes his lifelong dream to travel in space. Pic is being developed as a directing vehicle for Michael Bay.

Schenkkan, who won the Pulitzer for his marathon play “The Kentucky Cycle,” is readying his next play, “Arturo & Catherine,” but has been equally busy on the film and TV front.

Scribe, who recently signed with WMA, last scripted “The Quiet American” with Christopher Hampton and wrote the upcoming USA Network miniseries “Spartacus.” He has also been working on a two-part miniseries revamp of Michael Crichton novel “The Andromeda Strain” for Universal Television.

“It is the first Crichton novel to be adapted strictly for television, and it is a subject that has acquired a new edge with the outbreak of SARS and the whole bioterrorism threat,” Schenkkan said. “There is also room to give the subject new depth because science has changed so much in 25 years.”

He also scripted the Fox 2000 feature “Enemy Women,” a love story set in the Civil War. Adapted from a Paulette Jiles novel, pic will likely be directed by Danish helmer Susanne Bier (“Open Hearts”).

Schenkkan also recently turned in the first draft of “City on Fire,” the true story of how a town mayor took on the federal government. The film, an adaptation of the Bill Minutaglio book, is being produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

Schenkkan has a slew of scripted projects awaiting directors and greenlights. Those include the Alan Ladd Jr.-produced adaptation of the Pat Conroy novel “Beach Music” and the epic “Cortes” at Disney.

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