Hayter mutates into helmer role

Crystal Sky Pictures signs “X-Men” scribe

CANNES -- Crystal Sky Pictures has signed "X-Men" scribe David Hayter to make his directorial debut with two genre films he will write. It also has nabbed ultimate fighting champ Roger Huerta for its videogame adaptation of the martial arts-filled "Tekken."

Steven Paul's CSP will finance, produce and rep Cannes sales for the Hayter films. The first, to begin production later this year, will follow a young hero's quest, and the second, set for 2009, will center on a high school with a "Harry Potter"-esque superhero. Each is budgeted at about $30 million.

CSP's Cannes slate also includes CGI-filled robot boy adventure "Robosapien: Rebooted" with Penelope Ann Miller; the "Freaky Friday"-style comedy "Opposite Day"; a sequel to John Woo's "Hard-Boiled"; the vampire videogame adaptation "Castlevania"; and Giuseppe Tornatore's biopic of a Burmese peace activist, "The Lady."

A Cannes vet, "Ghost Rider" producer Paul was just 22 when he first arrived repping worldwide sales for his 1980 directorial debut "Falling in Love Again," starring Elliott Gould and Susannah York. He quickly returned to Cannes with his 1982 adaptation of his friend Kurt Vonnegut's "Slapstick," which was titled "Slapstick (Of Another Kind)" and starred Jerry Lewis and Madeline Kahn.