‘Thunder’ booms big for Burns

Thesp to star in time travel pic based on Bradbury short

W.H. Auden said the sound of distant thunder was death, but for Edward Burns, it’s a paycheck.

The thesp is in negotiations to topline “A Sound of Thunder,” a Franchise Pictures project based on the 50-year-old Ray Bradbury short story of the same name, first published in his “R is for Rocket” (Doubleday).

Directed by Peter Hyams, “Thunder” is being produced by Warners-based Elie Samaha and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Set in a future where time travel is recreational, people jump back on time “safaris” to hunt prehistoric wildlife. However, all participants make sure only to kill that which is meant to die, thus preserving the integrity of the timeline. But when a tourist unknowingly squashes a prehistoric butterfly, he sets in motion a series of “time waves” that will erase humanity from existence. Burns would play the lead character of Travis Ryer, an expert hunter who pairs with the time machine’s inventor to locate and save the “dead” butterfly and return it safely to the past.

Burns will shift to “Thunder” immediately after lensing Lions Gate pic “Confidence” for director Jamie Foley, which is scheduled to wrap at the end of May.

He was repped in the deal by the William Morris Ageny and is managed by Artists Management Group.

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