MGM aboard for ‘Behavior’

NEW YORK — Two architects of airborne summer hits are taxiing their next project into the hangar at MGM. The film, “Disturbing Behavior,” was written by “Con Air” scribe Scott Rosenberg and will be produced by Beacon Pictures, the company behind the country’s top-grossing plane pic, “Air Force One.”

MGM has set David Nutter, best known for directing episodes of “The X-Files,” to direct the film, which was acquired by MGM Pictures president Michael Nathanson.

Rosenberg’s script is the story of a new kid in town who discovers something sinister about the local pep rallies and bake sales when he stumbles on the town’s evil method of creating its version of Stepford Teens: rebellious, angst-ridden teens are turned into wholesome overachievers. Beacon’s Jon Shestack and Armyan Benstein will produce, with Rosenberg co-producing.

The Beacon boys are also producing the David Duchovny starrer “Playing God,” as well as the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Thousand Acres,” with Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Rosenberg is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after screenwriters. “Con Air” was his first big hit, though he made his mark with such films as “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” and “Beautiful Girls.”

Rosenberg originally set up the project at New Line with Shestack producing. MGM quickly jumped in when that studio wavered, and landed Nutter, who has been touted for features since directing episodes of “X-Files,” “ER” and “Millennium.”

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