Siodmak novel about building an orbiting space city
“Minority Report” screenwriter Gary Goldman has sold a pitch based on Curt Siodmak’s 1959 sci-fi novel “Skyport” to Warner Bros. Pictures in a high-six against low-seven figures deal.“Skyport” follows a scientist’s quest to build an orbiting space city. Author, best known for his Universal Pictures creation the Wolfman, died in 2000. “We saw that the material could be reworked into a disaster movie along the lines of ‘The Towering Inferno,’ ” said Goldman. Goldman’s pitch was developed with Intellectual Properties Worldwide, which controlled the rights to the underlying novel. IPW prexy of production J. Todd Harris will produce with Jon Shestack. Warners’ Lynn Harris is the executive in charge with creative exec Curt Jeffries. Shestack, whose first-look deal is at Warners, is completing “The Wrong Element,” starring Harrison Ford, for the studio. IPW is a rights-driven production company with more than 250 branded titles. IPW is developing “My Bodyguard” at Disney, “Fantasy Island” and “Sanford & Son” at Sony and an independently financed remake of “Piranha.” Other IPW titles include “Grand Hotel,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “High Sierra,” “Asphalt Jungle” and “Little Caesar.” Goldman’s “Next” is headed into production at Revolution Studios this fall, with Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore to star under Lee Tamahori’s direction.