Di Bonaventura, Wells game for U’s ‘Doom’

Callaham script adapted from vidgame plot

Universal Pictures has optioned “Doom” for producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and John Wells, with Enda McCallion attached to make his directorial debut.

Script, originated by Dave Callaham, is adapted from the plotline for the id Software and Activision vidgame “Doom 3,” slated for release July 15.

Story’s set at a Mars space station, where an aerospace conglom is conducting secret experiments when something unleashes a demonic force that threatens to overtake the facility.

“Doom 3” is not a sequel to the original game but a retelling using new technology. Instead of focusing on overcoming large numbers of enemies, “Doom 3” is more methodically paced to feel more like a horror game than a first-person shooter.

The producers originally set up the project at Warner Bros. Pictures. However, the deal included a clause that gave producers the right to take the project elsewhere if Warners didn’t put it into production within 15 months.

Overseeing the film’s development is U vice chairman of worldwide production Scott Stuber.