Writers 'Ratchet' it up for Lee, Dis


Douglas Cook and David Weisberg have been tapped to pen "Nick Ratchet," one of Stan Lee's POW Entertainment projects set up at Disney.

The lighthearted mystery thriller centers on a Jekyll & Hyde struggle between a meek, ineffectual police officer and his online alter-ego, a tough avatar cop named Nick Ratchet who emerges from inside a video game to usurp the life of his creator.

Richard LaGravenese is attached to direct "Ratchet," which is based on an idea of Lee's.

Larry Jacobson and Sonny Grosso are producing. Lee is exec producing with POW partner Gill Champion.

Brigham Taylor is overseeing for the studio.

Cook and Weisberg, repped by CAA and Benderspink, are veteran scribes with such movies as Michael Bay's "The Rock" and the Ashley Judd starrer "Double Jeopardy" among their credits. They have the creature feature "Vespers" and the pirate movie "Captain Kidd" set up at Disney. (partialdiff)