Paramount Taps Hot Writer to Adapt 'Forgotten' for Hailee Steinfeld to Star (Exclusive)

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Oren Uziel, who is writing New Line's "Mortal Kombat" reboot and sold "Kitchen Sink" to Sony, will adapt Cat Patrick's sci-fi novel for Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire shingle.

Screenwriter Oren Uziel is set to adapt the sci-fi novel Forgotten for Paramount. Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star in the project, which is being produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire shingle.

Forgotten, written by Cat Patrick and released in June, is the story of a 16-year-old who has her memory erased at exactly 4:33 each morning. All she can remember are events from her future.

Uziel has been busy as of late: He is writing the planned Mortal Kombat reboot for New Line, and earlier this year Sony acquired The Kitchen Sink, a comedy he wrote.

Steinfeld, the breakout star of 2010's True Grit, which grossed $250 million worldwide for Parmaount, is attached to topline a version of Romeo and Juliet adapted by Julian Fellowes and to be directed by Carlos Carlei. She's also in talks for a role in Fox 2000's Rosaline, based on a Rebecca Serle novel.

Paramount-based Fake Empire is prepping the Halloween comedy Fun Size, which will mark TV showrunner Schwartz's feature directorial debut and will be released next fall.

Uziel is represented by ICM, Circle of Confusion and Myman Greenspan. Steinfeld is represented by ICM, Coast-to-Coast and Protégé Entertainment.

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Patrick's book was published by Little Brown; ICM repped the film rights and set it up at Paramount, which could not be reached for comment.

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