U replaces director on ‘Doom’ pic

McCallion out, Bartkowiak in

Universal Pictures has hired Polish director Andrzej Bartkowiak (“Cradle 2 the Grave”) in a pay-or-play pact to helm the studio’s upcoming vidgame adaptation, “Doom.” He replaces the film’s original director, Enda McCallion, who the studio said is bowing out due to personal reasons.

Change in directors will have no effect on the film’s production schedule, with principal photography skedded for a mid-October start.

A former cinematographer on pics like “Lethal Weapon 4” and “Thirteen Days,” Bartkowiak’s recent helming credits include “Exit Wounds” and “Romeo Must Die.”

Pic is being produced by Par-based Lorenzo di Bonaventura and John Wells, with a screenplay penned by Dave Callaham.

Storyline for “Doom” is loosely based on the current id Software and Activision videogame, “Doom 3” (mad scientists + bad virus = zombie hacking).