‘Hercules’ scribe to pen ‘Cell 211’

CBS Films taps Ryan Condal for remake of Spanish-lingo thriller

CBS Films has tapped “Hercules” scribe Ryan Condal to rewrite actioner “Cell 211,” CBS Films’ remake of the gritty Spanish-language “Cielda 211” that Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik will produce.

Original pic, based on the novel by Francisco Perez Gandul, centers around a rookie prison guard who finds himself in the midst of a violent prison revolt. The guard must escape the fray before the other inmates discover who he is.

Daniel Monzon directed “Cielda,” which won picture, director and actor Goya Awards (Spain’s Oscar equivalent) in 2010.

Haggis, who’s currently attached to direct “Third Person” and most recently helmed Russell Crowe starrer “The Next Three Days,” wrote the original screenplay for “Cell 211.” Multihyphenate plans to produce the remake under his Hwy61 banner, and he could direct as well.

Condal is currently at work on MGM’s “Hercules,” which Brett Ratner will direct. Condal adapted Steve Moore’s graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian War,” which debuted in May 2008 via Radical Publishing.

Scribe is also writing “Art of War,” currently in development at Legendary.

Verve and Caliber Media Co. rep Condal.