Space thriller on launch pad

Lightstorm fuels star vehicle

A correction was made to this article on May 27, 2004.

Harrison Ford is set to star in “Godspeed,” an outer space-set thriller that is being put together by James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Cameron, who has not directed a regular feature since 1997’s “Titanic,” will not be at the helm but will produce the film with Lightstorm’s Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau. Cameron is currently prepping a full-length dramatic feature utilizing the 3-D technology he developed for the 2003 Imax feature “Ghosts of the Abyss.”

Scripted by Ryne Douglas Pearson, “Godspeed” takes place on an international space station, where a life-threatening situation develops that could kill all the inhabitants on the station.

Pic will begin production in the fall, and the Lightstorm plan is to secure a director and studio quickly so Ford can jump right into “Godspeed” early next year.

Ford has already committed to star this fall in the Beacon Communications/Warner Bros. drama “The Wrong Element.” Pic is co-financed by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Ford is planning the back-to-back projects after having taken a break from the screen. He was last seen in “Hollywood Homicide” and had cleared his schedule expecting to reprise his “Indiana Jones” role this summer.

But his schedule shifted when he, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas decided to delay the fourth installment of the adventure pic franchise until they all agree on a script.

Pearson wrote the upcoming Escape Artists’ thriller “Knowing” and is also adapting “The Eye” for Paramount Pictures.

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