NEW YORK — Disney has made a mid- against high-six figure deal for “Indiana Jackson,” a pitch for an action adventure film to be written by Tyger Williams (“Menace II Society”) as a starring vehicle for former Fugees member Pras.
Pitch, bought by prexy Nina Jacobson and exec Jason Reed, is essentially a hip-hop version of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” A renowned archaeologist and his prized pupil, the film’s title character, encounter high adventure in Ethiopia, where they are attempting to resurrect the staff of Moses. Pras will exec produce with Darryl Taja, with that duo sharing story credit with Williams.
Aside from “Menace II Society,” which he wrote with Allen and Albert Hughes, Williams recently sold his spec “Hummurabi” to Escape Artists, and did a rewrite of the Shane Salerno-scripted “Night Train,” the Sonny Liston biopic to star Ving Rhames and be directed by William Friedkin for Cruise-Wagner. The scribe is repped by Writers & Artists’ Dave Phillips and AMG.
Pras has several projects set up around town. Last year, he sold his original idea “The Last Ride” to New Regency for him to star in and produce; with Urban World Entertainment he set up “Higher Ed,” a pic he’ll star in and produce with Taja. Pras is repped by W&A and managed by Taja.