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4/11 - @GerardButler to Star in Dean Devlin's 'Geostorm' (THR Exclusive)


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Warner Bros. just picked up the Skydance-produced project from Paramount.

Gerard Butler is attached to star in Geostorm, a sci-fi adventure feature written and to be directed by Dean Devlin.

Warner Bros. has picked up the project, which was being initially developed independently by David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Skydance remains involved and is producing with Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.

The story sees Butler playing a stubborn but charming satellite designer who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. A trip into space follows, while on Earth a plot to assassinate the president begins to unfold.

The material is in Devlin's wheelhouse. He co-wrote such destruction-laden pics as Independence Day and Godzilla. Geostorm would be Devlin's feature debut. Devlin previously helmed episodes of TV's Leverage.

Ellison is producing with Skydance’s Dana Goldberg along with Electric’s Marc Roskin along with Rachel Olschan. Paul Schwake will exec produce.

Jon Berg is overseeing for the studio.

Butler is shooting Gods of Egypt for Summit and is due to star in Alcon’s remake of Point Break, which will film this spring and summer. Geostorm would begin production this fall.

He is repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment.

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More on the Project.

Skydance Spends Big For Global Disaster Film By Dean Devlin And Paul Guyot

EXCLUSIVE: In a seven-figure deal, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has pre-emptively purchased an untitled global disaster film spec script written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot. Devlin will make his feature directing debut. Skydance’s Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce with Devlin and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.

Devlin returns to the global destruction sandbox he played in when he and then-partner Roland Emmerich sold their Independence Day spec for millions, a guaranteed Fox green light and release date, and a global gross north of $800 million. They continued the destruction with Godzilla. While Emmerich continued crushing the planet with The Day After and 2012 (he and Devlin are working on two Independence Day sequels), Devlin formed Electric Entertainment and has put together movies (one was Flyboys, which featured avid aviator Ellison onscreen), and the Noah Wyle telepic series The Librarian. Devlin is currently exec producer of the TNT series Leverage. Guyot, Devlin’s co-writer on the spec, is supervising producer of that series.

Neither Devlin nor Ellison would reveal how this picture will destroy the world, but they confirmed the deal, with Ellison calling Devlin “a premier creator of original event entertainment. I’m thrilled to be working with him on his directorial debut, as this project is perfect for both of our sensibilities.”

Per Devlin: “Since meeting David, I have admired and respected his creative work an am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with him on this upcoming project. This film is very important to me and I’m so grateful for the chance to make this with people I know and consider friends.”

Skydance is coming off the Tom Cruise-starrer Jack Reacher, with that film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, working with Cruise and JJ Abrams on the next installment of Mission: Impossible for Skydance and Paramount. Skydance and Paramount have a huge 2013 in store, with G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z and Jack Ryan also slotted for release this year.

Devlin is repped by CAA and attorney Doug Stone; Guyot by UTA, Circle of Confusion and attorney Gregg Gellman.

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It seems that someone has finally figured out just how great a star our Gerry is.

Does it seem his projects are now costing more and more to film?

FINALLY, someone besides us GALS has recognized our Gerry's talent.

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

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