“Face/Off” scribes Mike Werb and Michael Colleary have been engaged to spring the sci-fi drama “Alien Prison” from development jail.
Columbia Pictures will pay the duo nearly seven figures. Red Wagon’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing.
Werb and Colleary will be reworking a draft by “Air Force One” scribe Andrew Marlowe, and it is not coincidental that the producers are engaging writers of tentpole pics. “Alien Prison” will be a big-budget film about a gang that plots an escape from their alien captors. The prisoners then hope to prevent a full-scale invasion of Earth.
“I’ve always liked the POW movie genre, where ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’ or ‘Stalag 17’ show the nature of humans to resist captivity at any cost,” Wick said. “I think we’re tired of WWII movies, but this idea is given vitality by setting it in space. We already have several major directors interested.”
The scribes, who got together after Werb wrote spec “The Mask,” most recently drafted the vidgame “Tekken” for Paramount and rewrote “Walk Like a Dragon” for that studio. They also scripted the transcontinental railroad epic “Men of Iron” for “Face/Off” helmer John Woo and Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium.