Mandalay pacts with Brit scripter

Tredwell-Owen to pen untitled romance for Stone

Mandalay Entertainment has inked Brit scribe Caspian Tredwell-Owen to a two-picture deal, under which he will pen the screenplay for an untitled Oliver Stone romance and a second undetermined project.

Stone and Illusion prexy Dan Halsted will produce the epic love story which spans 15 years and is set against the backdrop of U.N. relief efforts in war-torn Africa and Eastern Europe (Daily Variety, July 8).

Paramount-based Mandalay will finance the pic, which will be distributed overseas by its equity partners in seven territories. Paramount will distribute in North America and all other foreign markets.

Mandalay veep Ori Marmur is the executive overseeing the project.

In October, Illusion inked a three-year, first-look production deal with Mandalay. Under the terms of the agreement, Illusion will produce an unspecified number of pictures, some of which Stone may direct.

It’s unclear whether Stone will helm the U.N. love story, which was already in the works before the pact was signed. A decision likely will be made soon after Tredwell-Owen delivers his screenplay at the end of the year. The writer will then move onto to his second, blind Mandalay commitment.

‘Diamonds’ catches eye

Tredwell-Owen first came to Stone’s attention earlier this summer after the “Platoon” helmer read his spec, “Diamonds in the Sky.” Stone optioned the script out of his own pocket and is developing it as a possible directing vehicle to follow his Warner Bros. football drama “Any Given Sunday.” The project is not set up at any studio.

“Diamonds” is a political and psychological thriller about a young government agent struggling to find the meaning of patriotism among intra-agency (CIA, NSA, FBI, etc.) corruption and political maneuverings.

Under the Mandalay deal, Illusion is also developing the spec “Servicing Sarah,” by “Spin City” sitcom scribes Jay Scherick and David Ronn and “Judas Gamble” by Alan Katz and Scot Nimefro.

Tredwell-Owen is repped by the William Morris Agency and manager Scott Karp.