Universal-based Working Title Films has paid six figures to purchase the spec script “Time Keepers” penned by “The Beach” author Alex Garland.
Pic will be produced by Barry Mendel with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. WT’s Liza Chasin and Debra Hayward will exec produce.
Pic is the story of two boys who discover that magic is real, and that they have a strange role to play in the history of the world. One insider described the project as a scarier, modern update of Richard Donner’s 1985 moppet adventurer, “The Goonies.”
It’s being developed under Working Title and Mendel’s ongoing relationship with Universal and will be overseen at the studio by Scott Stuber, Donna Langley and Drew Crevello.
Mendel most recently produced Wes Anderson pic “The Life Acquatic,” and is in production on the long-gestating “Flora Plum.”