Fox puts Armitage in Doud’s ‘Body’

Hatem to pen out-of-body adaptation

Fox 2000 has struck deals with director George Armitage (“Grosse Point Blank”) to develop with writer Richard Hatem (“Under Siege 2: Dark Territory”) an adaptation of Laurel Doud’s novel “This Body.”

David Friendly is producing the project based on Doud’s 1998 novel. Hatem will pen the adaptation of the story about an older woman and mother of two teenager whose spirit, after she dies, enters the body of a young heroin addict. In its new host, the woman’s spirit must deal with the new family she has gained, while trying to watch over the family she just left.

Production opportunity

If the project moves to production, Armitage, who is repped by ICM, also will serve as a producer on “This Body.”

Hatem also penned “The Mothman Prophecies,” a sci-fi spec purchased last year by Lakeshore Entertainment and Paramount with Richard Gere and Carl Franklin attached to star and direct, respectively.

Hatem is repped by David Saunders of the Agency for the Performing Arts.