Universal picks up sci-fi thriller ‘Code’

Grace to star in time travel film

Universal has picked up sci-fi thriller “Source Code,” with Topher Grace attached to star. Ben Ripley wrote the spec; Mark Gordon is producing.

While the plot revolves around time travel, other details are being kept under wraps.

Grace, who exec produces with his partner Gordon Kaywin, will next appear in Sony’s “Spider-Man 3” as the villain Venom. He will star in “Kids in America,” which he and Kaywin are also exec producing, at U and Imagine Entertainment. He is producing Paramount laffer “Cockblockers,” in which he’s slated to star with Seann William Scott.

Gordon produced “The Painted Veil,” in release from Warner Independent. He is producing the Roland Emmerich-helmed “10,000 B.C.” for Warner Bros. Gordon is also a producer on “The Hoax,” Lasse Hallstrom’s Clifford Irving biopic, starring Richard Gere and set for release through Miramax in April.

Ripley’s previous credits include horror pic “In Vitro” at Scott Free and 20th Century Fox and terrorism thriller “Red Cell,” which Michael De Luca Prods. and Kurtzman/Orci are producing for New Line.

Grace is repped by William Morris, Ripley by Hohman Maybank Lieb and FourSight Entertainment.

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