Scott Silver has new 'Battle' plan

Columbia taps scribe to rewrite alien-invasion project

Scott Silver has been hired to rewrite "Battle: Los Angeles" for Columbia.

The studio in April picked up Chris Bertolini's original screenplay, about an alien invasion pulverizing its way across L.A. Original Films' Ori Marmur and Columbia's Sam Dickerman brought in the material for Original's Neal Moritz to produce.

Aaron Eckhart is attached to star as a Marine platoon commander in the action film, with Jonathan Liebesman ("The Killing Room") attached to direct.

The CAA-repped Silver wrote "8 Mile," co-wrote and directed "The Mod Squad" and wrote and directed "Johns." Silver also has the sci-fi pitch "Samson" set up at Warner Bros., with Francis Lawrence attached to direct.