Bruckheimer launches development of Spaihts pitch
Jerry Bruckheimer is heading to outer space, launching development of a space adventure pitch from “Prometheus” scribe Jon Spaihts.The scribe preemptively sold the pitch to Disney-based Bruckheimer with details kept under wraps. As usual, reps for Bruckheimer had no comment. Deal deepens Spaihts’ relationship with Bruckheimer, as the producer tapped him late last year to adapt graphic novel “World War Robot.” The original story centers on a small band of humans and robots facing off in a battle on Earth, the moon and Mars. Spaihts worked on New Regency-Summit’s upcoming “The Darkest Hour in 3D.” He broke into Hollywood with sci-fier “Shadow 19” and followed up with “Passengers,” a space journey project penned for Keanu Reeves. Spaihts was the originating writer on Fox’s “Prometheus,” which is in pre-production with Ridley Scott directing. Project was first rumored to be an “Aliens” reboot before Fox gave it the title “Prometheus” last month. Bruckheimer’s in post-production on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” due out May 20. The studio’s hired Terry Rossio to pen a fifth “Pirates.” Disney and Bruckheimer are also developing “The Lone Ranger” with Gore Verbinski directing and Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto. The Mouse House hasn’t yet locked in an actor to portray the Lone Ranger. Spaihts is repped by Paradigm, Circle of Confusion and Richard Genow.