Sources say several suitors are looking into the spec, including Paramount, Lionsgate, STX, Black Box and Searchlight, with a deal expected shortly.
The spec was announced last November and involves a former astronaut hired to take a submersible to the lowest point in the ocean. As the submersible gets closer to its destination, supernatural events start to get involved.
Landis will also produce with David Goyer and Addictive Pictures. The film has a projected production start date for sometime in 2017.
Following the huge deal that saw Landis’ spec “Bright” bring in more than $90 million in production promises and around $4 million for the spec alone, Landis’ projects have all begun to gain speed. “Bright” drew Will Smith and Joel Edgerton to star.
Cooper is pre-production on his directorial debut “A Star Is Born” opposite Beyonce and was most recently seen in David O. Russell’s “Joy.” He is repped by CAA.
Landis is repped by WME and Writ Large. The news was first reported by the Wrap.