U ‘Fast’ to sign duo

Sequel scribes snag slices in blind script deal

Universal Pictures liked “The Fast and the Furious 2” script that Michael Brandt and Derek Haas penned so much they’ve signed the screenwriters to a blind script deal worth mid- against high-six figures.

U and producer Neal Moritz, under his Original Film banner, initially commissioned two separate scripts for “Fast” — one by Brandt and Haas and another by Gary Scott Thompson, one of the writers of the original pic.

The studio has since chosen to shoot the Brandt and Haas script, which jettisons the character of Dominic Torreto, the speed junkie played by Vin Diesel in the original pic. The sequel will also be set in another city.

Among their other credits, Haas and Brandt have written the spec “The Courier,” which sold to Intermedia; done a rewrite on “The Watchmen” for Franchise Pictures; and scribed a TV pilot, “Invincible,” exec produced by Mel Gibson and Jet Li, which aired on TBS. They’re repped by Immortal Entertainment and WMA.