Robert Zemeckis

Development: Former WB head options sci-fi novel; Goyer producing The Night House; Vampire Diaries duo biting into The Cove

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Sep 10, 2018

In this edition of SYFY WIRE's development roundup, the former Warner Bros. president has nabbed the rights to an unpublished sci-fi novel; Anton Corp. is partnering with David Goyer to produce a supernatural thriller; and The CW has greenlit a swashbuckling adventure series.

First up, Stampede, the media company formed by former Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman, has acquired the movie rights to Devastation Class, an unpublished sci-fi novel co-written by filmmakers Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon. 

According to Deadline, which first broke the news, Devastation Class centers of a group of young cadets aboard a starship that must mutiny to save themselves from invading aliens. When their escape transports them to a reality they don’t recognize, they must fight to get back home to save not just their loved ones, but humanity itself.

Stampede has been buying film rights from books since Silverman launched the company with former Facebook CFO and current San Francisco 49ers co-owner, Gideon Yu. Other recent acquisitions from the company include the horror thriller This Red Fire by Nicolina Torres and the young adult fantasy series Revenge of Magic by James Riley.


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Next, per The Hollywood Reporter, Anton Corp. and David Goyer’s Phantom Four production company have teamed up to produce The Night House, a supernatural thriller. David Bruckner (The Ritual) will direct a script written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski.

Although producers are currently remaining mum about details regarding the film’s plot, we do know The Night House will focus on a widow who uncovers her dead husband's disturbing secrets.

Goyer and Phantom Four's Keith Levine will produce, while Anton will finance the project.  


Finally, Variety is reporting that The CW is developing The Cove, an hourlong drama from The Vampire Diaries executive producers Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux, Robert Zemeckis’ (shown above) Compari Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television.

The swashbuckling adventure series written by Fiveash and Stoteraux follows estranged sisters who, in the wake of their father’s death, return to the Caribbean resort island they used to frequent as a family. There, they discover that the paradise is hiding many secrets, one of which is the missing treasure that was their father’s obsession, which may ultimately hold the key to eternal life.