‘Airspace’ lifting off

Shingle in talks with John Cusack to topline aerial action-thriller

Frankie Lindquist and Mary Cybriwsky’s Scooty Woop Entertainment is preparing for takeoff, as the boutique shingle is in negotiations with John Cusack to topline its aerial action-thriller “Airspace,” which Roger Avary (“Killing Zoe”) is in talks to direct, sources tell Variety.

SWE has secured Cassian Elwes (“The Butler”) to help arrange financing and handle domestic rights, and the company has also made an arrangement with Arclight Films (“Crash”) to co-finance and sell international rights at AFM this week.

Described as “Duel” in the sky, story follows a work-absorbed charter pilot (Cusack) flying home to his family who must escape a sudden attack by a heavily armed MiG fighter jet after finding a mysterious briefcase in his plane.

Briana Hartman (“Brother’s Keeper”) wrote the screenplay based on a story by Michael B. Chait, and Avary has already started polishing the script. (Avary is a fan of mysterious briefcases, having won an Oscar for co-writing “Pulp Fiction” with Quentin Tarantino).

Lindquist and Cybriwsky will produce for Scooty Woop Entertainment.