Willinger, de Blasi tapped to rewrite ‘Skyscraper’

Universal adds scribes to Paul Walker action thriller

Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner.

“Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on an original idea by Mike Sobel, who wrote an earlier draft.

Story follows a group of steelworkers who must rescue Chicago from a mile-high structure that is on the verge of collapsing.

Skyscraper” is the first project under the new two-year, first-look production pact between Universal and Walker’s production company Laguna Ridge Pictures, which he runs with Brandon Birtell and manager Matt Luber.

Willinger and de Blasi penned “Paradise Lost” for Legendary Pictures, which greenlit the project before shutting it down during pre-production due to concerns about the budget. Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker had been set to topline. Scribes also wrote Screen Gems’ crime thriller “The Crossing,” which once had Megan Fox attached to star.

Willinger and de Blasi are repped by Verve and Madhouse Entertainment.

More Film

  • (L to R) Owen (CHRIS PRATT),

    'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Tops $700 Million Worldwide

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Feasts on $150 Million Opening

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

  • NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 23: (L-R)

    How Long Will TV and Film's Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

  • 'Ideal Home' Review: Steve Coogan, Paul

    Film Review: 'Ideal Home'

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

  • 'Calibre' Review: A Terrific, Intensely Terrifying

    Edinburgh Film Review: 'Calibre'

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

  • CHRIS PRATT stars as Owen in

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Gnaws on $144 Million Debut Weekend

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

  • Leung Chiu-wai

    Tony Leung Breaks With Wong Kar-wai’s Jettone (Reports)

    Universal Pictures has tapped “Paradise Lost” scribes Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi to rewrite the Paul Walker pic “Skyscraper” for Neal Moritz’s Original Film banner. “Fast Five” star Walker is attached to topline the action thriller and exec produce alongside Tania Landau. Moritz (“21 Jump Street”) will produce the pic, which is based on […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content