Col plucks fantasy for Raimi


Columbia Pictures has pre-emptively picked up a high-concept action-adventure from writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift for Sam Raimi and Josh Donen to produce through their Buckaroo Entertainment banner.

The project, whose title is being kept under lock and key, is described as an all-ages fantasy movie with franchise potential that the studio is hoping to fast track. It centers on a cynical guy from New York who is forced to go to a land untouched by modern civilization to save a village and a princess from fiendish fairy tale creatures.

Sources say the sale was high-six against seven figures.

Shannon Gaulding, Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad are shepherding for the studio.

Russell Hollander brought the project into Buckaroo and is overseeing.

Raimi recently kicked off the around-the-world unveiling of the much-anticipated "Spider-Man 3," with the world premiere Monday in Tokyo.

Shannon and Swift wrote "Freddy vs. Jason" for New Line and are finishing up the comic book adaptation "Power & Glory," which is being produced by Benderspink for New Line. They are repped by CAA, Magnet Management and Colden,