In one of the richest pitch sales of the year, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have plunked down low-seven figures against $3.5 million for Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii’s epic space adventure “Lightspeed.”
The scribes had previously teamed on the thriller “Deja Vu,” which marked the highest spec sale ever when Disney and Bruckheimer paid mid-seven figures for the script in 2004.
Story centers on a young pilot who makes the Earth Interstellar Racing Team and must take his ship on a perilous journey across the galaxy on the brink of war.
Bruckheimer envisions the project as a live-action and potentially 3D pic.
Sale is remarkable given the climate in which pitches without talent attached have become an aberration. But Rossio has a long history working with Bruckheimer and Disney, having penned some of their biggest box-office hits, including the three “Pirates of the Caribbean” pics. He also did work on Disney/Bruckheimer’s “National Treasure” films.
Rossio, whose writing credits also include “Shrek,” will exec produce “Lightspeed.”