FilmNation acquires ‘Moon Disaster’ spec

Former Variety writer Mike Jones penned thriller

FilmNation Entertainment is going to the moon, snapping up Mike Jones thriller spec script “In the Event of a Moon Disaster.”

FilmNation principal Glen Basner confirmed the sale Monday and told Variety that the budget on the project will be north of $35 million, making “Moon” the largest Filmnation production to date. The company’s planning to go out to directors shortly.

FilmNation principal Aaron Ryder will produce and Basner will be in charge of international sales.

Story will focus on a revised version of the first moon mission, in which disaster hits the astronauts. In the actual Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent two hours on the lunar surface.

Jones was signed last year for Sony’s CGI “Popeye” bigscreen project. Jones landed the writing gig based on his screenplay “The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.”

Jones told Variety that he was inspired by coming across a speech written by William Safire for President Nixon to deliver in the event that the astronauts were unable to make it back to Earth.

“It’s really a harrowing speech and it was really helpful in pushing me towards creating the story,” he added. “It’s not a monsters on the moon story but more in the vein of ‘The Hunt for Red October.'”

FilmNation has finished “House at the End of the Street” and “The Raven.”

Jones is repped by CAA and The Gotham Group.

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