“The Power” is sure being passed around a lot these days. First Warner Bros. had it, then got rid of it, and now Sony has it, according to Variety.
The fact that this news comes so quickly on the heels of the announcement of WB’s backing-out may actually mean this movie has a chance of being made sometime in the near future.
Sony and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will now start developing the project from scratch for Columbia Pictures, sources close to the negotiations said.
Shingle recently produced Columbia’s remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Knowing” at Summit, and previously produced the Will Smith dramas “Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
That’s not exactly a resume that screams “epic sword-and-sorcery flick” to me, but I suppose neither did Peter Jackson’s, with its Meet the Feebles and Heavenly Creatures, when he pitched Lord of the Rings to New Line.
As for the script: the Justin Marks screenplay has potential, so one would hope Sony would go back to it. Unfortunately…
John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) had previously been attached to direct, with Justin Marks and Evan Daugherty having penned versions of the script. Rights to those scripts now belong to WB, meaning a new writer will likely be hired.