Universal orders ‘Asteroids’ rewrite

Evan Spiliotopoulos to work on script

Universal Pictures is turning to its go-to scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos to rewrite the action-adventure film “Asteroids.”

Matt Lopez wrote the original draft of the project, which is based on the popular video arcade game released in 1979 by Atari.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce the pic, which Universal exec Anikah McLaren will oversee for the studio.

Spiliotopoulos rewrote Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz’s “Ouija” script for Universal and Platinum Dunes before the project was put into turnaround. Scribe also wrote “Wanted 2” for Universal, which has since tapped original “Wanted” scribes Derek Haas and Michael Brandt to pen the sequel. Spiliotopoulos also had a hand in writing U tentpole “Snow White and the Huntsman,” as well as the studio’s planned adaptation of “Moby Dick,” which Timur Bekmambetov remains attached to direct.

Spiliotopoulos is repped by UTA, manager DJ Talbot and attorney Sean A. Marks of Myman Greenspan.

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