Col's 'Static' cleared for White


Sylvain White has signed on to direct Columbia Pictures' futuristic thriller "Static." Neal Moritz is producing through his Sony-based Original Film shingle.

Penned by Brad Gann, the story is set in Los Angeles, where the leader of the city's toughest street gang must use his wit and skill to battle rival gangs as he is transported to testify against corrupt members of the city's police force.

"I am grateful to be working again with the studio that gave me my start," said White, whose low-budget "Stomp the Yard" held the No. 1 spot at the boxoffice for two straight weeks earlier this year and grossed more than $61 million for Sony. " 'Static' offers me the exciting opportunity to paint an innovative near-future youthful reality within a high action-packed framework."

Guy Ritchie ("Snatch") most recently was attached to direct the long-gestating project (HR 7/25).

Sony's Matt Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor are overseeing for the studio.

Original's Tania Landau is shepherding the project for the banner.

White, who is attached to direct an adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel "Ronin," is repped by WMA, Principato-Young and attorney Jeff Endlich.