Wadlow out of 'Tomb,' into 'Arena'

Director jumps from one Summit project to another

Jeff Wadlow and Summit Entertainment remain in business together, but they've chosen a different project.

Wadlow has come on to direct "Arena," a sci-fi action film that he began developing with Summit a few months ago.

The director, who helmed the 2008 release "Never Back Down" for the studio, had been working on the prison-escape action project "The Tomb" for Summit. When that project stalled, Summit exercised an option on the helmer's services and moved him to "Arena."

"Arena" revolves around a group of modern-day soldiers transported to a shifting landscape, where they are forced to face off against the best warriors from different eras in gladitorial battle. Frosh scribes Toby Wagstaff and Darren Howell wrote the screenplay, which Summit optioned in April 2008.

Chris Bender and J.C. Spink of BenderSpink and Jim Thompson of Original Content are producing along with Alex Franklin and Jonah Loop of Pangea Pictures. Summit's Erik Feig and Geoff Shaevitz are overseeing.

Summit recently released "Twilight," "Push," "Knowing" and "Next Day Air." It has the "Twilight" sequel, "New Moon," in production for a November release.

The WME-repped Wadlow also co-wrote and directed "Cry Wolf."