Meyer to pen George Washington script

'Elegy' scribe inks deal with Paul Allen's Vulcan Prods.

Paul Allen's Vulcan Prods. has inked a deal with "Elegy" scribe Nicholas Meyer to pen a screenplay about the life of George Washington.

Allen said his goal with the project is to present a historically accurate account of America's early years and the country's first president.

"Washington was the indispensable man, the physical embodiment of America's revolutionary ideals and identity," Allen said. "As we consider America's role in today's ever-changing world, understanding the man who had a pivotal role during the birth of our nation is essential."

Nick Wechsler ("We Own the Night") is producing along with Vulcan's Richard Hutton and Michael Caldwell.

Allen has long been looking to collaborate with Wechsler on a project for the company and found the perfect opportunity in focusing on Washington. Recruiting Meyer, who has an extensive knowledge of American history and Washington's life, gave them the green light.

"The myths created by Washington's remarkable achievements are so ingrained in our thinking that people forget he was a man -- an extraordinarily complicated man whose personal life was defined by powerful contradictions and passions," Meyer said.

Meyer is repped by WMA. His credits include "The Human Stain," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" and "The Prince of Egypt."