Weinsteins nab sci-fi alien epic

Urban in talks to topline film

Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s WeinsteinCo. is adding the epic sci-fi creature feature “Outlander” to its distrib slate.

Karl Urban (“Doom”) is in talks to topline the pic, an adventure about a man from another galaxy who crash-lands on Earth at the time of the Vikings, bringing with him an alien predator.

Ascendant Pictures and VIP Medienfonds are co-producing the project, in pre-production, and Gallic sales shingle Wild Bunch is repping world rights.

Howard McCain is helming from his own screenplay, which he co-penned with Dirk Blackman.

Ascendant’s Christopher Eberts, Kia Jam and Chris Roberts are producing, with VIP’s Andreas Schmid.

John Schimmel, Andy Grosch, Karen Loop and Blackman are exec producing the pic, which is set to lens in New Zealand in October.

The alien creature in the film, called Moorwen, is being created by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, whose credits include such special f/x extravaganzas as “I Robot” and “Godzilla.”

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