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Fox likes ‘Reckless’ behavior

Salerno's script took several years to produce

A correction was made to this article on July 14, 2005.

Twentieth Century is getting “Reckless,” from Shane Salerno, for high-six against seven figures.

Sexual thriller centers on a 30-ish married couple who start playing a dangerous game in an effort to  spice up their flagging marriage.

Fox-based producer John Davis will produce the pic via his Davis Entertainment banner, along with company prexy Wyck Godfrey.

Script’s genesis, however, comes from its exec producer, Craig Fanning, a longtime friend of Salerno’s and the owner of one of the world’s largest musicvid production companies, FM Rocks. Some five years ago, Fanning told Salerno he was eager to expand into producing movies and offered to pay him his normal quote to create a screenplay Fanning would produce.

It took several years to produce a script that pleased both sides, and recently, Fox expressed enough confidence in the project to move ahead. (The “Reckless” spec sale price reimbursed Fanning his full development costs, with additional fees paid to Salerno based on his present quote.)

Fox prexy Hutch Parker and exec VP of production Alex Young are overseeing the thriller, which Salerno is polishing and will be ready to cast.

“Shane’s complaint (five years ago) was, ‘Where’s the ‘Fatal Attraction’ for my generation?,” said Fanning, in an interview with Daily Variety, “And I thought, he’s right: It just needs to be targeted at the MTV demo.”

“Reckless” marks Salerno’s third project in a row for Fox and his third with Davis. Salerno handled all of the pre-production and production rewriting for Fox and Davis Entertainment’s 2004 summer sleeper hit “Alien vs. Predator.”

Elsewhere, he also co-wrote Sony’s Nicolas Cage starrer, “Ghost Rider” which just finished lensing, and Jan De Bont has signed on to direct Salerno’s adaptation of shark thriller “MEG,” for New Line, based on the bestselling series of books by Steve Alten.

Salerno’s repped by ICM and Management 360.

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