'Orbit' circles studio for bigscreen adaptation

John Nance’s novel “Orbit” has landed at Fox 2000.

Book, which is due for publication in 2006, was brought to the studio by producer Jennifer Klein, of Apartment 3B Prods., and scribe Sheldon Turner, who will adapt it for the bigscreen.

Story centers on a civilian who wins the chance to join a space shuttle flight, only to find himself alone and adrift in space when the rest of the crew dies.

“Orbit” is not the first time Klein and Turner have collaborated on a project. They also are teaming on “Two Minutes to Midnight,” which is set up at Fox, and “Scrawl,” which originally sold to MGM.

Turner previously penned the remake “The Longest Yard” and has his “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel in front of cameras for New Line Cinema. Klein also is shepherding “Rizzle, Pizzle, Sizzle” at Gold Circle Films and the Stuart Beattie-penned “Truce” at Warner Independent Pictures, with Vadim Perelman aboard to helm.

Nance has penned 17 books. He is a licensed attorney and a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He also is well-known as an analyst on ABC’s “World News” and as the aviation editor for “Good Morning America.”

At the studio, the CAA-packaged project was brought in and is being overseen by Carla Hacken.

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