Scribe set for untitled Jake Gyllenhaal film
DreamWorks taps 'Jonny Quest' writer Dan MazeauAfter a couple of false launches, DreamWorks is putting a new pilot in the cockpit of its untitled moon project.
Up-and-coming scribe Dan Mazeau has been hired to redraft the action film about lunar colonization that is slated to star Jake Gyllenhaal. Doug Liman, who will direct the film, wrote an original screenplay with John Hamburg ("Along Came Polly"). "Black Hawk Down" author Mark Bowden revamped that script.
Now Mazeau is on board to try to bring it in for a landing with a different take "based on an original story by Liman, Bowden and Simon Kinberg," according to the studio.
Former Paramount co-president of production Alli Shearmur will produce with writer-producer Kinberg and Liman. Dave Bartis is executive producing. Mark Sourian and Jonathan Eirich are guiding the project for DreamWorks.
Kinberg and Liman collaborated on "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Jumper," which roped in a combined $639 million in worldwide revenue. Gyllenhaal recently closed his deal to star in the Disney video game adaptation "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."
Mazeau, who is repped by the Gersh Agency and Circle of Confusion, last month turned in his latest draft of "Jonny Quest," a live-action adventure based on the animated '60s Hanna-Barbera TV show created by Doug Wildey. Warner Bros. and producers Adrian Askarieh, Daniel Alter and Dan Lin are eyeing the resourceful, globe-trotting youth as a potential new franchise character.
Last year, Mazeau's momentum was triggered by the sale of his family-film spec "Land of Lost Things" to Paramount Pictures' Nickelodeon Films. Kopelson Entertainment and Bad Robot exec Sherryl Clark are set to produce.