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Richter has ‘Warrior’ in Col arsenal

Ziskin to produce high-tech script

Sony’s Columbia Pictures has picked up “Warrior,” a W.D. Richter spec set up at Phoenix Pictures, with Laura Ziskin to produce with Phoenix topper Mike Medavoy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Richter, perhaps best known for penning the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” has also written thrillers like 1993 Stephen King adaptation “Needful Things” and dramas like the 1995 Jodie Foster-directed “Home for the Holidays.”

Studio is mum on plot details, but insiders say “Warrior” is about a high- tech air force fighter drone that malfunctions, wiping out the better part of an manned elite squadron. Vastly overmatched, a single pilot must attempt to destroy the drone.

Project is being overseen for Phoenix by exec veepee Matt Bierman and for Col by exec VP production Matt Tolmach, reporting to production president Peter Schlessel.

Phoenix most recently produced the crime drama “Holes” at Disney with helmer Andy Davis. With Intermedia Film, Phoenix produced the military thriller “Basic” with Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta for Columbia Pictures.

Richter was repped in the deal by the Shapiro-Lichtman Agency.