LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Taken" co-writer Robert Mark Kamen has sold an untitled thriller pitch to Paramount Pictures.
The high-concept plotline is being kept a mystery, but it is known to involve two twentysomethings, a man and a woman, caught up in a character-based, intimate thriller.
Paramount did well with the youth-skewing DreamWorks-produced 2007 thriller "Disturbia," which grossed $112 million worldwide.
Kamen co-wrote the three "Transporter" films with Luc Besson, as well as "The Fifth Element" and "Bandidas." He also wrote the scripts for the first three "Karate Kid" films. -------- -------- -------- -------- --------- ------
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "300" writer Michael Gordon has sold a spooky surveillance project, "ECHELON," to NBC.
The idea was spawned by the controversial U.S electronic eavesdropping apparatus ECHELON, a program that supposedly captures virtually all data signals for analysis at a central hub in West Virginia. These millions of video, audio and data files are then disseminated to various federal and local law enforcement agencies for further investigation.
The twist, according to the show's logline: "There is, however, less than one percent of the data that nobody wants to touch. These are the classified video files that seem to have captured the unexplainable."
The show will center on a fictional team called G.H.O.S.T. (Global Hierarchical Observation Strategy Taskforce) whose assignment it is to investigate this paranormal data. (please visit our entertainment blog via www.reuters.com or on http://blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/)