Protozoa playing ‘Song’ with scribe, New Regency

Sussman previously collaborated on thriller 'Below'

Screenwriter Lucas Sussman will adapt Dan Simmons’ novel “Song of Kali” for Darren Aronofsky’s New Regency-based Protozoa Pictures.

Aronofsky and Eric Watson are set to produce the pic, which follows an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta. He’s supposed to be picking up an Indian writer’s epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali, an ancient Indian deity of evil whose only clothing is a girdle made of dead men’s hands. When he arrives, however, he finds the poet has disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a cult that worships the goddess.

Regency senior VP Kara Francis will oversee the project for Sanford Panitch, president of production at the Fox-based Regency.

Sussman, a former Clinton speechwriter, previously collaborated with Aronofsky on the David Twohy-helmed submarine thriller “Below,” which Dimension released last year. The ICM-repped Sussman also recently completed sci-fi Western “Silver” for Firm Films, which is also based at Fox.

Regency, meanwhile, is also developing conspiracy thriller “Flicker” with Aronofsky and Jim Uhls (“Fight Club”) scripting. The conceit of the story, told through the eyes of an obsessed Los Angeles film student, is that B movies are part of a plot to destroy life on Earth. Summit Books first published it in 1991.

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