Jacobson general on sci-fi thriller 'Dominion'


Nina Jacobson has set up her first post-Disney project at DreamWorks. The former Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group topper will produce the sci-fi thriller "Dominion" through her studio-based Color Force shingle.

Ben Ripley is penning the screenplay, which centers on a human who is chosen to command an army's first-ever platoon of robotic soldiers.

In December, Jacobson inked a three-year, first-look deal at DreamWorks (HR 12/6).

The longtime studio executive said she sparked to the idea of "Dominion" because of the scope of the story. "It's a film that will require a real visionary director, and it's a project that has a lot of big-movie elements," Jacobson said.

Color Force's Damien Saccani brought the material into the shingle.

"Damien found an idea that captured his imagination, and he was able to get Ben Ripley excited about that idea," she said. "We turned a little seedling of an idea into something that is completely original and exciting. It has been a great collaborative process. I'm enjoying taking the time on this project, which is something I couldn't do as a studio executive."

DreamWorks' Marc Haimes will shepherd the project for president of production Adam Goodman.

Ripley became an in-demand writer when his high-concept sci-fi time-travel spec "Source Code" sold to Universal Pictures, with Mark Gordon producing. He has several additional projects in development, including the supernatural horror screenplay "WXYZ" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

He is repped by Hohman/Maybank/Lieb and FourSight Entertainment.