Summit entering 'Tomb'


Summit is getting back into business with Jeff Wadlow, the director of "Never Back Down."

The company has attached Wadlow to direct "The Tomb," a prison-escape movie whose main character execs say will emulate MacGyver in emphasizing brains over brawn. The script was written by Miles Chapman and will be rewritten by Jason Keller, who's penning scripts for Warners' "Sleeper Code" and "The Tourist."

"Never Back Down," the mixed-martial arts movie that is Summit's biggest release to date, has earned more than $18 million domestically in two weeks of release. Wadlow directed Rogue's "Cry Wolf" and is attached to Focus' bank-heist movie "Hail to the Thief."

"Tomb" centers on a security expert who must escape from a high-security prison that he designed, with a focus on ingenuity instead of explosions. "(He) doesn't rely on any of the usual bag of tricks that you see in other action movies; there's no huge gun or flash grenade," Summit production chief Erik Feig said. "Moviegoers are so jaded that the way to impress them is not just to be bigger but to be smarter."

Company executives said that, with action scenes and a strong central character, they see the film as a potential franchise for the studio.

Among Summit's 2008 releases are Rian Johnson's con-man movie "The Brothers Bloom" and Catherine Hardwicke's vampire tale "Twilight."

Wadlow is repped by WMA; Keller is repped by CAA.