Sony has recently acquired two action-oriented spec scripts. Here they are at a glance:
- First up from The Amazing Spider-Man scribe, James Vanderbilt, comes White House Down, an actioner that is said to be a combination of Die Hard and Air Force One.
- Secondly, Sony acquired The Royal Honours Society, a literary-themed action-adventure from Ernest Lupinacci. The plot concerns the adventures of some of England’s greatest authors of the late 19th century.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Variety reports that Sony won a bidding war for White House Down against rival studio, Paramount. The studio has shown its support for Vanderbilt with their checkbook, as the scribe not only wrote the Spider-Man reboot, but also one for Total Recall. He’s also polished up the RoboCop reboot script and is currently working on an adaptation of Red Riding. Oh, and he’s been invited back to write a treatment for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Vanderbilt will also produce White House Down, which is the second recent pick-up concerning 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as a setting. The other was Olympus Has Fallen, which recently attached Gerard Butler (300) and is also compared to “Die Hard in the White House.”
Heat Vision reported on Sony’s pick-up of The Royal Honours Society, a spec script that looks to re-imagine the iconic stories of such authors as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Robert Louis-Stevenson in an action-adventure tale. Details are still rather scarce at the moment. Joe Roth and Palak Patel are attached to produce. Lupinacci also has another project in development with DreamWorks based on his website musunahi.com, the Museum of Supernatural History.