You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Essex repaves ‘Paradise’

Novelist reworks Rock pic

“Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen.

Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star.

Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”).

“Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King Kamehameha, who conquered and united the Hawaiian islands in the 1700s, during a time when they were plagued by warring tribes.

Essex is the author of “Kleopatra,” a retelling of the story of the Egyptian monarch, published in 2001 by Warner Books. Essex adapted the book for the screen, and the project is being developed into a film at Warner Bros., with Adam Schroeder producing. Essex also adapted horror scribe Anne Rice’s “The Mummy” for Lightstorm Entertainment, a film in development at Fox.

More Film

  • Kiersey Clemons

    Kiersey Clemons to Star in Jonás Cuarón's 'Zorro' Movie

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

  • Kristen Bell Pandas

    Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate 'Pandas' Documentary for Imax

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

  • Lupita Nyong'o Trevor Noah

    Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic 'Born a Crime'

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

  • How 'Greatest Showman' Anthem 'This Is

    Behind the Scene: How Pasek and Paul's 'Greatest Showman' Anthem 'This Is Me' Became a Smash Hit

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

  • Shape of Water

    'Shape of Water' Ripped Off 1969 Play, Lawsuit Alleges

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

  • 'A Wrinkle in Time' May Top

    Will 'A Wrinkle in Time' Be the Film That Dethrones 'Black Panther'?

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

  • 'Unsane' Review: Claire Foy Brings Grit

    Berlin Film Review: 'Unsane'

    “Kleopatra” scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures’ King Kamehameha project, “Battle for Paradise,” which is being produced by Neal Moritz’s Original Film and Rob Cohen. Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star. Pic’s original scribe was Greg Poirier (“Runaway Jury”). “Battle for Paradise” is a biopic about Hawaii’s ruler King […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content