Castle Rock nabs ‘Jewel’

Castle Rock Entertainment has mined “Jewel of Seven Stars” as a pitch from scribe Mick Davis for Fraser Heston to helm, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Castle Rock, newly ensconced in the Time Warner family, paid a mid- six-figure price for the pitch, according to sources.

Pic will be based on Bram Stoker’s Victorian gothic novel “Jewel of Seven Stars” with an updated setting that takes place 10 days before the millennium. Story follows a young woman who gets an e-mail from her long lost father saying he’s alive. She tracks the electronic message to Egypt and links up with an American archeologist who helps her find her father and discovers his secret.

Stoker’s other Victorian scare novel — “Dracula” — was the basis for a slew of horror pics, including Columbia’s 1992 hit “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”

Heston and partner Alex Butler will produce. They are in pre-production on “Ground Zero,” which Heston is also helming for Castle Rock. It has an October start date and will be casting in coming weeks.

Davis recently sold a pitch to Mel Gibson’s Icon Prods. and Warner Bros. called “Beyond Prosecution.” Another pitch sale credit he has is “Lucifer” for Wesley Snipes’ company.

Nick Reed of ICM brokered the deal for Davis.

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