Paramount gears up for ‘Warrior’

Payne, McKay set to script film

Paramount’s ramping up development of its feature version of “The Deadliest Warrior,” tapping the scripting duo of John D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Paramount set up “Warrior” in September at Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment. Project, based on the original TV series from Spike TV, marks the first time that Spike and Par — both owned by Viacom — have worked together.

Studio’s kept the logline for the feature version under wraps. The Spike series, which is now in its third season, pits past warriors in hypothetical battles.

Levy and 21 Laps prexy Dan Levine will produce the pic, with the possibility that Levy may direct.

Payne and McKay’s “Goliath” screenplay has been set up at Relativity Media as an action film with Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) in negotiations to direct .

Payne and McKay are repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone.

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