Team nabs rights to ‘Earthbound’

Imagenation, Parkes, MacDonald team on pic

Abu Dhabi’s Imagenation and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have optioned the rights to Richard Matheson’s novel “Earthbound.”

It’s the first project acquired solely through the $10 million revolving fund to develop films inked between Imagenation and Parkes/MacDonald Prods. last October.

Matheson’s novel follows a couple on their second honeymoon as they attempt to rekindle their marriage. The husband is visited by a beautiful stranger and succumbs to her temptation. When he attempts to end their affair, however, he begins to suspect that the enigmatic lady may be a ghost.

Ronnie Christensen is writing the script. Pic will be produced by Parkes, MacDonald, Keri Selig and executive produced by Lindsay Devlin. The project was brought in by Parkes/MacDonald executive Marc Resteghini.

Deal follows the recent announcements that Parkes/MacDonald and Imagenation were partnering with DreamWorks, with whom the U.S. producers have a first-look deal, on “Museum of SuperNatural History,” based on Ernest Lupinacci’s website; and “Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year,” written by pediatrician Scott W. Cohen.

“Earthbound” does not have studio involvement at this stage.

Imagenation, launched in September 2008, has inked $250 million deals with Participant Media and Hyde Park Entertainment and a $100 million deal with National Geographic Films. It also has a separate $75 million joint venture with Hyde Park Entertainment and Singapore’s MDA.