Cosby, Stokes take up 'Ascent'


Screenwriter-turned-comic book publisher Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes have been hired to do a rewrite on Walt Disney Pictures' "First Ascent."

The film is described as a supernatural action adventure that revolves around a group of climbers who, while attempting to ascend a mountain in Bhutan, are attacked by an unseen beast. Jason Reed, Brigham Taylor and Casey Wolfe are overseeing the project for Disney.

Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida features a roller coaster ride, "Expedition Everest," that includes an encounter with a yeti, though Disney said that "Ascent" is a rewrite of an older project and is not related to the ride.

Cosby is the creator of the TV series "Eureka" and "Haunting." He also wrote an adaptation of "Damn Nation" for Paramount Pictures and MTV Films as well as "Creature Tech" for New Regency.

Cosby also is a principal in comic book publisher Boom! Studios, which has been setting up a number of projects around town. Paramount has pre-emptively picked up the rights to the company's upcoming comic book "The Foundation." Boom! also has the action-thriller comic "Talent" and the horror comic "Tag" set up at Universal; Cosby is a co-producer on all three projects.

Stokes is a comic book writer involved in several Boom! projects, including "Eureka." "Ascent" will be her first feature credit.

Cosby and Stokes are repped by Paradigm.