DreamWorks has bought writer David Scarpa’s action pitch “The Castle” for George Clooney and Robert Lawrence’s Maysville Pictures.
The project, seen as a possible starring vehicle for Clooney, concerns a five-star general who is convicted of a capital crime. Sent to the military’s only maximum security prison (known as “the castle”), he turns the convict population into his own 1,200-man army and threatens to take the prison by storm.
Clooney has expressed interest in the role of a prisoner and former pilot who becomes a reluctant hero in the conflict.
The “ER” star, who toplined this summer’s critically acclaimed “Out of Sight,” will produce along with Lawrence, whose credits include “Down Periscope,” “Clueless” and “Die Hard With a Vengeance.”
The deal marks the second sale in six months for newcomer Scarpa. His first spec screenplay, “Designated Survivor,” was sold to Warner Bros. earlier this year, also with Lawrence producing.
DreamWorks’ Paul Lister and Adam Goodman are the executives overseeing development.
Scarpa was repped by Stephen Gates of Writers & Artists and his attorney, Peter Nichols.