Bruckheimer rolls with Haas' 'Shake'
Producer buys rights to short story, hires writer to adaptThings keep popping for screenwriter Derek Haas.
Jerry Bruckheimer has just bought the rights to a short story Haas wrote called "Shake" and hired the writer and his regular collaborator Michael Brandt to expand it into a feature screenplay. The deal was for more than seven figures.
The origin of Haas' story was a new site called Popcornfiction.com that he recently created for TV and film writers to showcase their pulpy short fiction. Among the contributors are Craig Mazin ("Superhero Movie"), Scott Frank ("The Lookout"), Jeff Lowell ("Over Her Dead Body") and Nichelle D. Tramble ("Women's Murder Club").
"I wanted to create a place where new popular short fiction could flourish and Hollywood could have a new resource for cultivating great ideas," Haas says on the site.
Bruckheimer apparently visited the site, loved Haas' story of an FBI agent chasing a killer while he begins to lose control of his own body and bought the idea for a potential Disney film.
Haas and Brandt, repped by WME and Industry Entertainment, have co-written the scripts for "Wanted" and "3:10 to Yuma." The pair also has scripts in development for "Beverly Hills Cop IV" at Paramount, "All Creatures Great and Small" at Columbia and "The Matarese Circle" at MGM. Haas is also a published novelist ("The Silver Bear").