20th Century Fox is in early talks with writer Will Staples to pick up a sci-fi action project that could serve as high-powered reunion of Avatar director James Cameron and star Sam Worthington, with the added firepower of Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Myth, a pitch that would be written by Staples, has drawn the interest of Cameron, who is attached to executive produce, with di Bonaventura and Worthington attached to produce, although no deals have been made yet. Cameron would not direct, and at this stage, Worthington is not attached to star.
Nothing is known about Myth other than it’s big, it’s sci-fi, and it’s got lots of action.
The pedigree alone speaks to the potential scope of the project, and having Staples on board also kicks it up a notch. Along with writing partner Sean O’Keefe (they recently parted ways but will still collaborate on some projects), the duo wrote Apaches for Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, World’s Most Wanted for Neal Moritz and Universal, and an Alaskan adventure pic for Walden Media.
But Staples’s secret claim to fame is writing video games, most notably Activision’s Call of Duty line of games. (The games are written by several writers and game companies don’t credit scribes like movie studios do.) Call of Duty, apart of from being one of the best-selling games of all time, is also considered one of the best shooter games out there.
Sources caution that the project is in the early gestation stage and that the talent involved could change.
Staples is repped by ICM and Brian Lutz Management and attorney Michael Schenkman.