WB, Universal enlist Harold

5:00 AM PST 03/20/2008 by Borys Kit, AP

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Scribe Joby Harold has snagged two writing assignments.

First up for Harold is an adaptation of the Frank Miller miniseries "Ronin" for Warner Bros. He then is set to adapt Michael Reisman's children's fantasy novel "Simon Bloom" for Universal.

"Ronin," which Miller wrote and drew in the early 1980s, centers on a masterless samurai who is reincarnated in a dystopic near-future New York populated by squatters, factions and mutants. The ronin must try to destroy a demon with a mystic sword, which also is found in New York.

Sylvain White is attached to direct, while Gianni Nunnari, one of the producers behind the Miller adaptation "300," is producing via his Hollywood Gang shingle is producing. Hollywood Gang's Craig Flores is exec producing.

"Bloom," which Universal picked up in a bidding war last year, revolves around an 11-year-old and his two friends who acquire possession of a physics book that enables them to alter the physical properties of the world, including gravity.

Gary Ross and his Larger Than Life partner Allison Thomas will produce the live-action adaptation along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of the Gotham Group.

Harold, who is finishing "Army of the Dead" for producers Debbie and Zack Snyder at Warners, wrote and directed the thriller "Awake," starring Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen and Terrence Howard.

Harold is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney is Carlos Goodman.
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