EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is in early development on an untitled project from HG Wells of OddBall Entertainment’s Wes Ball, under his Paramount Players label.
Although specific information about the Wells novel at its center has not been released, we learn that it will be a very loose adaptation of the “mythology” that surrounds one of the most iconic titles. of the writer. The film’s logline is being kept secret. No directors have yet been appointed.
Rising screenwriter Laura Gillis is penning the screenplay, based on a previous incarnation by TS Nowlin (The Adam Project, Pacific Rim: Uprising). OddBall Entertainment’s Ball, Joe Hartwick Jr. and Hank Wyler will produce, under their first contract with the studio, alongside Nowlin.
Wells is the iconic English science fiction writer known for his novels, including The time machine, The island of Doctor Moreau, The invisible Man and War of the Worlds, among many others, who during his career was nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Notable past adaptations of his work for film include Steven Spielberg War of the Worlds, with Tom Cruise, for Paramount; three iterations of The time machine; and two sockets on The island of Dr. Moreau. The former 1977 effort, starring Burt Lancaster, hailed from director Don Taylor and American International Pictures, with the later 1996 film starring Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis and Fairuza Balk being made for New Line Cinema by John Frankenheimer.
Ball is a screenwriter, director, and producer best known for directing 20th Century Fox’s three films. maze runner franchise. He founded the production company OddBall Entertainment, which develops projects for film and television, alongside Hartwick Jr. in 2014.
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Gillis began her career working for prominent producers and executives at various Academy Award-winning companies before moving into full-time writing and directing, using her short horror footage Crystal as a launching pad. Its original spec script Possessions then caught the attention of studio and production executives, with another script by the writer currently making the rounds of town.
Nowlin co-wrote The maze Runner with Noah Oppenheim and Grant Pierce Myers, and was the sole scribe on the sequels. He also co-wrote Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim continued Pacific Rim: Uprising for Universal Pictures, as well as the recently released Shawn Levy sci-fi adventure film The Adam Projectwith Ryan Reynolds, which had the third-best opening week of any Netflix movie in its world premiere.
Ball is represented by WME and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; Gillis by Paradigm and Management 360; and Nowlin by WME, Management 360 and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.