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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.

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