Mouse House picks up sci-fi adventure, plans multiplatform launch
“The Runner” is beating a track to the Mouse House.Disney has picked up the sci-fi adventure created by Dave Andron for Marc Forster to helm and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment to produce. Property is the latest transmedia project that has caught Hollywood’s eye: “The Runner” is being simultaneously developed as a film, TV show, videogame, graphic novel and apps for cellphones and other mobile devices. Disney wants to take a big-picture approach to the project that would benefit all of its divisions, the way it developed “Tron: Legacy.” Andron, who recently created NBC’s reboot of “Knight Rider” and is currently a supervising producer on FX’s “Justified,” initially developed “The Runner” as a spec TV drama pilot through Blacklight, which has a first-look pact at Imagine. But the project’s scope was expanded into a larger story that could be told and introduced across multiple platforms. Forster’s Apparatus Entertainment later came aboard to help flesh out the concept. “The Runner” takes place in 2027, when the Earth’s surface has been rendered uninhabitable due to a devastating attack. A group of survivors living in the Rocky Mountains has discovered how to send a man back in time to try and stop Earth’s annihilation. Forster is considering helming the film and would shepherd with producing partner Brad Simpson. Director is currently helming “Machine Gun Preacher” for Lionsgate. Apparatus also produced Fox 2000’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.” Forster, who directed the James Bond installment “Quantum of Solace,” also has an adaptation of the zombie book “World War Z” in the works at Paramount. Blacklight’s Zak Kadison will also produce “The Runner” while the shingle’s Eric Lieb will exec produce. Sean Bailey, Brigham Taylor and Tonia Davis will oversee for Walt Disney Studios. Erica Huggins will oversee for Imagine. Imagine is currently lensing “Tower Heist,” which Universal will distribute and Brett Ratner is helming. CAA packaged “The Runner” with Andron, who is also repped by Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner.