Paramount hires new 'C.O.D.' scribe

Carl Ellsworth will rework the action-thriller script

Carl Ellsworth has been brought on to rework the action-thriller screenplay "C.O.D." (Cash on Delivery) for Paramount Pictures.

DreamWorks pre-emptively picked up Lars Jacobson's original script in March 2008 for mid-six figures, and Paramount held onto it when DreamWorks moved out on its own.

The "C.O.D." story line follows a New York City bike messenger who is forced to deliver three bombs under threat of his family receiving one. He must avoid capture by not only the authorities but also by an entire nation looking to stop him.

Barry Josephson ("Enchanted") is producing through Josephson Entertainment along with Neal Flaherty ("The Hole") of Royal Prospect.

Ellsworth cut his genre teeth in TV on shows such as "Xena: Warrior Princess," "Animorphs" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He went on to write or co-write the screenplays for the features "Red Eye," "Disturbia" and the revamped version of "The Last House on the Left," which Rogue Pictures released in March.

Ellsworth also has been working on New Line's adaptation of the Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra-penned Vertigo comic "Y: The Last Man," with "Disturbia" collaborator D.J. Caruso attached to direct.

Repped by ICM and the Shuman Co., Ellsworth most recently co-wrote "Red Dawn," which Dan Bradley is shooting in Michigan for MGM. That remake is scheduled for release in November 2010.