Laura Ziskin’s Fox 2000 has picked up the scribe and former temp Ted Griffin’s “Mobile” for an undisclosed sum.
“Mobile” becomes the fourth project since October that the 26-year-old scribe has set up at the Fox film division.
Lynda Obst is attached to produce the antebellum escape thriller about two slaves on the run with a white, wrongly accused fugitive. Griffin describes the story as his effort “to write a John Sturges movie, like ‘The Great Escape.’ ”
After graduating from Colgate in 1993, the Pasadena native returned to Los Angeles and toiled in various temp jobs – including a stint at a dry cleaners where he had such august duties as folding actor Gabriel Byrne’s underwear – while he peddled his scripts.
Griffin’s career and fiscal turnaround began four months ago when Fox 2000 grabbed the rights to “Ravenous,” a moody horror piece set in the snowbound Sierra Nevadas. Adam Fields is attached to produce the project.
Around the same time, Fox 2000 landed on “Beached,” Griffin’s broad comedy about a chubby child who falls overboard during a family outing, is raised by whales and then, after washing ashore as a 25-year-old, goes on to become an Olympic swimmer.
Rob Scheidlinger brought the pitch to Fox 2000, and is attached to produce.
‘Plans’ take shape
Fox 2000 then optioned the rights to Griffin’s “Best Laid Plans,” a hip, erotic thriller, with Sean Bailey of Horsepower Entertainment, Chris Moore and Mike Newell producing. Newell possibly could direct the pic as well.
International Creative Management’s Steve Rabineau and attorney Stuart Rosenthal of Bloom, Hergott repped the writer.