Wallace unravels 'Arcanum'


Writer-turned-director Randall Wallace has stepped on board to helm "The Arcanum," a Thomas Wheeler-scripted fantasy adventure being produced by Paul Brooks' Gold Circle.

Adapted from Wheeler's debut novel, the 1919-set story follows Arthur Conan Doyle as he leads a secret society known as the Arcanum -- whose members include magician Harry Houdini, voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft -- against a powerful supernatural force that threatens the world. Wheeler is doing a production polish before going out to cast.

Gold Circle's Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will executive produce. Gold Circle's Guy Danella, who brought the project into the shingle, will shepherd through production.

Mandate Pictures will handle international sales.

Gold Circle is in postproduction on Joel Schumacher's horror thriller "Town Creek," which Lionsgate will distribute, and is prepping the romantic comedy "Chilled in Miami," starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.

Wallace most recently adapted Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" for Lionsgate and was nominated for a best screenplay Oscar for "Braveheart." His directing credits include "We Were Soldiers" and "The Man in the Iron Mask." He is repped by WMA.

Wheeler is working on "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," a fantasy about a girl who explores an alternate world that exists beneath our own with the help of a magical atlas, for ABC and Warner Bros. Television. Wheeler is repped by WMA and Benderspink.