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Bayona set for WB sci-fi pic

'Impossible' director to helm untitled project scripted by Eric Roth

Juan Antonio Bayona, director of “The Impossible,” has come on board to helm Warner Bros.’ untitled science-fiction project penned by Eric Roth and produced by Kevin McCormick.

“The Impossible,” shot in 2010 in Spain, has grossed $117 million worldwide. The movie also earned Naomi Watts a Best Actress Oscar nomination in the role of a mother attempting to reunite with her family following the southeast Asian tsunami that struck the day after Christmas in 2004.

Bayona is a native of Barcelona. “The Impossible” is Bayona’s second film following 2007’s Spanish horror project “The Orphanage,” which won him Goya awards for best new director and script.

Warner-based McCormick is a producer on “The Gangster Squad” and “The Lucky One.”

Roth wrote the adaptation for Warner’s “Extremely and Incredibly Close.” He won an adapted screenplay Oscar for “Forrest Gump” along with being nominated for the screenplays for “The Insider,” “Munich” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

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